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Leadership Miami Program Offers Diversity Equity & Inclusion Training, Crisis Management & More

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Kicking off its 42nd year of helping develop up-and-coming leaders and those interested in further developing leadership skills, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s iconic Leadership Miami® program is currently inviting interested participants to apply for the next class.  

This year’s participants will take a deep dive into helping address current local issues, crisis management, creative solution solving, diversity, equity and inclusion. The program will include virtual focus sessions with community experts, along with team projects, and partaking in fieldwork opportunities. 

With more than more than 9,000 accomplished alumni, and over 200 local non-profits impacted, Leadership Miami® is the premier community leadership training program in South Florida.

One of the key purposes of Leadership Miami® is to prepare the next generation of Miami's leaders to address vital issues affecting Miami-Dade County and meet future challenges, while providing them with tangible professional and community leadership skills.  

The program offers participants the opportunity to meet Miami's leaders and to share an intensive learning experience through a planned process of lectures, seminars, small group discussions and leadership skills exercises. Leadership Miami® is an annual program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the South Florida Progress Foundation.

This year, the program is being chaired by Incoming Chair Adriana Oliva, entrepreneur and owner of the #aoinsight group, and Incoming Vice-Chair Ashaki Bronson-Marcellus, a Vice President Business Relationship Manager with BankUnited.

In addition to their successful professional careers, these women combined have over 20 years of experience with Leadership Miami®, allowing them to provide unique insight and access into why this is one of the nation’s premier community involvement programs. 

“Leadership Miami® was an awesome experience for me personally and professionally,” said Bronson-Marcellus. “Being fairly new to South Florida at the time, I originally applied for the program to grow my network and meet other professionals. Little did I know I would walk away with lifelong friendships, an amazing network of professionals that I can call upon, leadership abilities that are bar none, and a stronger sense of community that I have personally contributed to make better.” 

“Ten years later, I am where I am today because of Leadership Miami®, and the amazing people involved,” added Oliva. “Since day one, I looked up to those leading our class, and knew I wanted to be like them. The lessons learned, memories shared, and connections made have been priceless and key to the success of my business, philanthropic projects, and personal growth. I love you Leadership Miami®!”

Who: Business and community professionals looking to develop leadership skills and an understanding of community issues, while creating, developing and implementing a service project in teams.

What: Leadership Miami®: Be Here. Be More. Be the Future. 

Why: To gain insight on vital issues affecting Miami-Dade County, develop leadership skills, network, and leave a lasting impact through team community service projects.

When: Program starts October 30th and runs through June 2021. Deadline to apply: Friday, September 18th, 2020 

Where: Virtual through March (to be assessed thereafter) 

Courtesy of Leadership Miami. Image by Unsplash


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