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Leadership Jacksonville Program

Applications are now closed for the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2018.

Overview: Leadership Jacksonville is a year-long program that brings together approximately 56 leaders from throughout the community to learn about the First Coast community, to build relationships with other leaders and to better serve as a community trustee.

The LJ program analyzes major areas of community concern, provides opportunities for open dialogue between leaders with diverse perspectives, examines leadership styles and promotes a network of community trustees committed to the greater good.

The program consists of two weekend retreats, one in August and one in May, and nine day-long programs. The Opening Retreat provides structured exercises that explore the dynamics of the urban society, leadership styles, and decision-making through group process. The program days provide information about the community, analyze critical program areas and issues and provide opportunities for networking and leadership development. The Closing retreat brings it all together with focus on developing a vision and a personal trusteeship commitment.

All programs are planned and delivered by teams of LJ alumni under the guidance of the Leadership Development Team (LJ alumni with special expertise).

Program Goals:

  • Broaden participants’ perspective to deepen their understanding of the community.
  • Inform participants about Jacksonville’s assets and potential in critical areas.
  • Stimulate interest and encourage commitment of the participants in critical program areas and promote a team approach to resolving the community’s problems.
  • Enhance participants’ leadership capabilities.
  • Provide structured opportunities for participants through interaction to form a network for cooperative trusteeship.

Program dates: August – May
Program Fee: $3,500 (Limited partial need-based scholarships available)

Program Selection:

The LJ program actively solicits applications from all sectors of the community. Selection for each year’s class is highly competitive. Criteria for selection include demonstrated leadership skills, active community involvement, and a willingness to invest the time and energy required by the program. A conscientious effort is made to select participants who will represent a cross-section of the community in terms of sex, race, age, income level, and occupations. Classes are carefully balanced to represent the composition of the community.

Individuals may be nominated by LJ alumni, by their business, may complete a self-nomination or may apply directly without nomination. Each candidate must complete an online application and may be invited for an interview. The class is selected from the interviewees.

Tuition for the program covers only a partial amount of the actual expense. Fund raising covers the balance of the cost and limited partial scholarships are available.

TENTATIVE LJ 2018 Calendar:

  • Opening Reception:  June 1, 2017
  • Opening Dinner:  July 25, 2017
  • Opening Retreat:  August 18-19, 2017
  • Program Days:
    September 28, 2017 December 14, 2017 March 8, 2018
    October 26, 2017 January 11, 2018 April 5, 2018
    November 16, 2017
    February 8, 2018 April 26, 2018
  • Closing Retreat:  May 18-19, 2018


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“I have found Leadership Jacksonville, its programs, and the people it brings together to be one of the most stimulating opportunities for community involvement, connection, and outreach. I simply love LJ!”
Dr. Barbara Darby LJ’ 93

Applications are now closed for the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2018.

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My year in the Leadership Jacksonville program made me aware of many of the challenges we face in Northeast Florida, but more importantly it gave me insight into our assets and potential solutions. Because of my Leadership Jacksonville experience I am more focused in my commitment to making a positive change in our community.
- Barbara Drake LJ’ 92