Category Archives: Leadership Lakeland

15May/19

Leadership Lakeland Graduates 29 from Class XXXVI

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Lakeland, FL – With leadership from Class XXXVI Chair, Michelle B. Ledford (Class XXIX, MADE) and Chair-Elect Chuck McDanal (Class XXXI, StudioC Solutions), 29 participants officially graduated on Thursday, May 9, 2019. More than 130 alumni and friends attended the invitation-only Leadership Lakeland Graduation & Banquet at the RP Funding Center. Beginning in August, the class members undertook a rigorous schedule including overnight and full-day programs to immerse themselves in the community and in the development of leadership skills. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI:

  • Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Randolph Barber, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Leon Battle, One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
  • Sarah Bhagat, Lakeland Regional Health
  • William B. Bracken, Jr., Bracken & Bergwall, P.A.
  • Amanda Brice, Agnini Family Dental
  • Michael Paul Carey, CLA
  • Tom Collins, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Erin Ferguson, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
  • Ana Vargas Gillespie, Lakeland Escape Room
  • Taher Hisham Hamid, Alltek Services
  • Kaitlin Irmscher
  • Ellen J. Katzman, PACE Center for Girls
  • Rebecca Knowles, All Saints Academy
  • Thomas C. Lloyd, Bank of Central Florida
  • John S. Lowman, IV, Avon Leasing, Inc.
  • Sara Roberts McCarley, Randy Roberts Foundation
  • Douglas W. McPherson, Citizens Bank and Trust
  • Ashley Metts Miller, VISTE
  • Holly Parrish, PH Solutions, LLC
  • Teddra Joy Porteous, Polk County Public Schools
  • Eric Powell, RightPlan Financial
  • Brenda Patricia Ramirez, Kaylor Law Group
  • Brenda C. Reddout, PhD, Talbot House Ministries
  • Douglas Edward Riley, Lakeland Fire Department
  • Bethany Tricia Thomas, Southeastern University
  • Amanda L. Walls, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Jason Williams, Farm Credit of Central Florida
  • Lori A. Winstead, State Attorney’s Office

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.

Towards the end of the program, members of Class XXXVI presented five checks (totaling $1,400 each) to the five nonprofit organizations represented within the class: One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, PACE Center for Girls, Randy Roberts Foundation, VISTE, and Talbot House Ministries. It took only four days for Class XXXVI to raise $7,000.

At the event, Nicole Travis (XXXIV, City of Lakeland) was announced as the Chair-Elect for Class XXXVII.

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09Aug/13
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Leadership Lakeland Alumni and Friends Welcome Class XXXI

With more than 200 alumni and friends in attendance at Thursday’s Opening Reception, Class XXXI Chair Joe Tedder (Class XIII, Polk County Tax Collector) introduced the members of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXI.

 

Congratulations to the following members:

Liz Antaya, OMS Group, Inc.

Justin Bolding, Rodda Construction, Inc.

Brian Bracey, Citizens Bank and Trust

Dr. R. Joseph Childs, Southeastern University, College of Business and Legal Studies

Liz Craven, Polk Foodie/Polk Home & Garden Magazine

Zach Diaz, Southern Homes of Polk County, Inc.

Michael Ehlenbeck, United Way of Central Florida

Trisha Floyd, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Isaac Hartmann, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Yadira  Holmes            , Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Brad Johnson, City of Lakeland

Eric Jonsson, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

Adam N. Justice, Polk Museum of Art

Erik Katenkamp, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Michael Kincart, Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.

Will Link, Reed & Mawhinney, P.L.

Chuck  McDanal, Ledger Media Group

Mark A. Miller, Holland & Knight LLP

Dr. Pranay Patel, Watson Clinic LLP

Stacie Rine, SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc.

Nyrka Riskin, Polk State College

Lauren Saunders, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Bill Schichtel, Heath Funeral Chapel

Chase Sellmeyer, Kanga Marketing, LLC

Steve Senn, Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Ben Stevenson, Lakeland Housing Authority

Patty Strickland, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group

Jeanette Wallace, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Meghan West, Land South Group

Diretta  Wilcox, Lakeland Habitat for Humanity

 

Together, these class members will complete a rigorous schedule of monthly day-sessions from October through May. Each session features hands-on experiences that engage class members in all aspects of Lakeland and Polk County’s community.

 

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs and its services.

22Mar/13

Leadership Lakeland Alumni are Encouraged to Apply for Leadership Polk

Leadership Polk will be accepting nominations from April 1-30. All of those who are nominated, and only those who are nominated, will be invited to submit an application between May 1-31.

During the 10-month Leadership Polk course, class members visit a variety of locations across Polk County, discuss “hot topics” within Polk Vision’s areas of focus, and create relationships with community leaders from across the county.

Leadership Polk Class VII will be active August 2013-May 2014.

For more information about the Leadership Polk program, please visit www.leadershippolk.com or e-mail April Mucci, Program Coordinator, at leadershippolk@polkvision.com.  The nomination form will be available on the Polk Vision Web site beginning April 1. Only individuals who have graduated from a local leadership program are eligible.

Leadership Polk Nomination & Application Schedule

Nominations accepted: April 1-30, 2013

Application period: May 1-31, 2013

Decision letters mailed no later than June 29, 2013

12Aug/11

Leadership Lakeland Welcomes Class XXIX

With more than 200 alumni and friends in attendance at Thursday’s Opening Reception, Class XXIX Chair Steve Bissonette (Class IX, City of Lakeland) introduced the members of Leadership Lakeland Class XXIX.

Congratulations to the following members:

David M. Brown, SunTrust Bank

Brian Charles Carroll, Southeastern University

Lesley Verplanck Chambers, Harrison School for the Arts

James R. Chastain, III, Chastain-Skillman, Inc.

Eugene Conrad III, C.M., Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

Timothy Benjamin Darby, Darby Law Group, P.A.

Celeste M. Deardorff, City of Lakeland

Dr. Edward Andrew Fazekas, Foot and Ankle Associates

Kathryn S. Haines, Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

Paula Higgins, Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation

Douglas B. Johnston, Saddle Creek Corporation

Jennifer Kincart Jonsson, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

Adil Kahn, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, P.A.

Calvin Knight, Ledger Media Group

Michelle B. Ledford, Madden

Bradley T. Lunz, Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects

Maggie McKeel Mariucci, University of South Florida Polytechnic

Daniel Medina, Medina Law Group, P.A.

Marijo Lynn O’Dell, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida

Gabrielle O’Toole, Koala Outdoor

Samantha A. Parker Hopkins, Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc.

Michael A. Riskin, CPS Investment Advisors

Palemeschia Rivers Powell, Polk Museum of Art

Angelia Rossiter, Watson Clinic, LLP

Mandy Elizabeth Sanders, LarsonAllen, LLP

Jeffrey Dale Stephens, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Sozon Costa Vatikiotis, Miller, Crosby & Miller, P.A.

John Kyle Vreeland, Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty

Stacy Williams, Achievement Academy

William Brian Yates, CenterState Bank

Together, these class members will complete a rigorous schedule of monthly day-sessions from October through May. Each session features hands-on experiences that engage class members in all aspects of Lakeland and Polk County’s community.

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs and its services.

01Mar/10

Leadership Lakeland Nominations Accepted Until April 9

Now is the time!  ‘The time for what?’ you ask.   It’s time to nominate someone for Leadership Lakeland’s next class.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 9th, but don’t wait until the last minute! Look around.  Who should you nominate for Leadership Lakeland?  Who in your sphere of influence has demonstrated their commitment to making Lakeland a better place to live and work? These are the types of people who Leadership Lakeland is looking for.  Maybe that person is YOU!

We welcome all nominations.

Step 1.  There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate.   You can find the nomination form on the Chamber’s website AND it was the centerfold of the March edition of the Forum for Business Monthly.

Step 2:  All those nominated (and only those nominated) will be invited to apply.  All applications are reviewed and selection for the next class is announced in July.  The dates for the next Leadership year are posted on the nomination form.

The Leadership Lakeland program has been around for 27 years!   The credibility of the program rests with those who have participated in it.    Read what a few class members have to say about their experience:

Xuchitl Coso, Florida Southern College:   “ I have only been in Lakeland for two and a half years and I am so impressed with this community and the involved individuals who make it their business to give back.  Every Leadership Lakeland Day is an eye opener filled with information and dedicated individuals who are the fabric of this excellent place we call ‘home’.”

Fred Koehler, Smart Creative:   “If your goal is to build a lasting career in the city of Lakeland through professional excellence and community involvement, there’s no better place to get plugged in than Leadership Lakeland.  You’ll be stretched and challenged in many new ways, learn more than you thought was possible, and exit the program a better citizen and a better person.”

Naomi Tillett, Keith and Schnars:    “By becoming a part of Leadership Lakeland, I have been awakened to the many amazing, talented, eclectic people that have the same passion and desire I have in making sure Lakeland continues to be a place that thrives in high family values, business partnering opportunities now and for the years to come.”

Rick Abbatiello, Publix: “In an age of instant ‘this’ and microwave ready to eat ‘that’, DSL and Blackberries, Leadership Lakeland offers you a rare, high speed dose of exposure and information on issues and people you only heard about…..maybe.    Great for us time-starved members of the community.”

Danita Frier, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center:  “The ‘behind the scenes’ view of the operations of Lakeland is truly invaluable.  Not only is it just plain interesting but it has really helped me do a better job because I have more resources.  During the year that I was in Leadership Lakeland, I looked forward to every day that we were together.  I made 30 friends and feel like I could call on any one of them for help….that’s something you can’t put a price tag on!”