Leadership Programs


Leadership Collier™ was formed by the Chamber in 1988 to develop a network of informed citizens prepared to assume leadership roles in our community. The Chamber believes knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Consequently, the primary objective of Leadership Collier is to educate local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today.

This program runs from September through March and includes 10 full-day sessions.

Now in its 29th year, Leadership Collier is an eight-month experience that is transformational for both participants and the organizations they lead. Through hands-on experiences, participants fully explore local government, education, economic development and the arts. You’ll see it all through the eyes of experienced area leaders who deal every day with our community’s biggest challenges. With the benefit of new perspectives and connections, participants are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders.

How Individuals Benefit
- Broader and deeper perspective on Collier County and your role in the community.
- Discover issues you are passionate about, and areas to become more involved by experiencing them firsthand.
- Build a strong local network, deepening individual connections to the community and making friendships for a lifetime! 

How Organizations Benefit 
Leadership Collier participants meet fellow community leaders, establish connections and expand their circle of influence. Your company leaders establish relationships that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with local issues.

Time Commitment
Full-day opening retreat followed by 10 programs days, September through March.

Program Calendar
Program days are held on Thursdays
Thursday, Sept. 14 – Leadership Collier Kick-Off Reception (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Mandatory)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Opening Retreat – All Day and Evening Session (Mandatory)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Human Services
Thursday, Sept. 28 – Education
Thursday, Oct. 12 – Growth Management
Thursday, Oct. 26 – Government
Thursday, Nov. 9 – Health Care
Thursday, Dec. 7 – Save the date! The annual Leadership Collier Foundation Holiday Reception (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Note: This is not part of the Leadership Collier program nor is this event included in your LC tuition. Your attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Thursday, Jan. 11 – Arts and Media
Thursday, Jan. 25 – Commerce
Thursday, Feb. 8 – Agriculture
Thursday, Feb. 22 – Environment
Thursday, March 8 – Law Enforcement
Thursday, March 22 – Ending Critique
TBD – Class Graduation

Who Should Apply
Leadership Collier is designed for experienced leaders who want to significantly increase their impact on their organization and their community. This includes senior executives, presidents and vice presidents, executive directors, business owners, and high-level directors and managers, representing all industries and business types within our region.

How To Apply
Applications for Leadership Collier 2018 will be open from January 6 through 5 p.m., March 31, 2017 . Applications received after March 31 will not be qualify for the 2018 program.

The two-part online application considers education, career, community service, and responses to essay questions.

The selection committee strives to create a diverse class of approximately 42 individuals. If multiple candidates apply from the same organization, no more than one will be accepted into the same class. Applicants that are not accepted are strongly encouraged to re-apply for a future program. 

Tuition is $2,200. Limited scholarships are available based on need. 

For more information, contact Amanda Beights or call 239.403.2903.

2018 Leadership Collier™ application deadline is 5 p.m., March 31, 2017 
Both parts of the application must be completed to be considered for this program

Part 1      Part 2 


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Growing Associates in Naples™, also know as GAIN™, is a program specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County of ages 21-40. Participants learn about local government, charitable organizations, arts, commerce, law enforcement, tourism, education and other resources so that graduates can become involved and be effective community contributors.

Applications for GAIN™ are open September through November, and the program runs from mid-February through early April. Each Tuesday during the program, partipants attend eight, 2.5-hour sessions focused on professional development and peer networking.


Campaign for Leadership™ is a bi-partisan program for civic leaders with the mission to impart the political knowledge necessary to effectively participate in local government boards and commissions, and run successful campaigns for public office.  


Leadership Institute™ is a focused, seven-day program where highly accomplished community leaders with varied backgrounds focus on community trusteeship, decision-making skills and leadership styles. The program will enable these distinguished individuals to better serve the public interest by providing access to diverse perspectives on issues and the process of issue resolution.


LCF Alumni Association
Through the work of the Alumni Association, graduates of Leadership Collier Foundation programs continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County through nonprofit organizations, local government boards ,and our schools, while enhancing relations with other like-minded, influential community leaders.

For more information on these leadership programs, contact Amanda Beights.

Thank you to the gracious support of our Chamber Legacy Leaders