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Eligibility & Requirements

What is the purpose of Leadership Pensacola?

The objective of the Leadership Pensacola program is to:​

  • Identify and cultivate current and future community leaders from the various geographic, ethnic, occupational and economic backgrounds of the Pensacola area.
  • Provide participants an in-depth, balanced understanding of issues, problems and opportunities confronting the Pensacola area.
  • Develop a synergistic environment to enhance leadership skills among participants, thereby providing a common ground for working together on community needs.
  • Foster a high level of civic and community concern and involvement by participants.
  • Provide opportunities for building community cohesiveness.
  • Develop the resources for community placement of graduates and to assist in placing LeaP graduates in positions of community leadership and involvement.​

What is the time commitment?

For the Leadership Pensacola program to be truly meaningful, Class Members have a responsibility to participate fully. Attendance at scheduled functions, as well as interaction among class members, is essential to the total learning experience. A participant who fails to attend deprives another interested applicant whom an opening was denied.

Attendance at Orientation, Opening Retreat and SIMSOC retreat are mandatory. Participants who miss more than one of the nine monthly sessions must withdraw from the program with no portion of tuition refunded.

What is the purpose of Leadership Pensacola?

Participants accepted into LeaP are involved in a balanced combination of retreats, day long seminars and community projects. The program is refined annually by a committed group of LeaP alumni. Area decision-makers offer their time and expertise while tours and interactive exercises are built into each day.

Session issues addressed during the year have included Economic Development, Education, Environment, Transportation, Health Care, Leadership and Ethics and Quality of Life.

What is the purpose of Leadership Pensacola?

The purpose of the Leadership Pensacola selection process is to choose a class of 50 participants who are representatives of Northwest Florida. The selection process seeks a cross-section of the community; men and women from different career, educational, political, social and cultural backgrounds. The selection committee, comprised of dedicated LeaP Alumni, focus on the content, quality and insight provided on each application.

This selection criteria includes:

  • A history of involvement or a strong desire to become actively involved in the community.
  • A willingness to serve the Greater Pensacola community following graduation by assuming greater leadership responsibilities within civic, charitable and community organizations.
  • A desire to remain in the Greater Pensacola Region.
  • A commitment to program attendance and participation requirements.

What is the purpose of Leadership Pensacola?

Following the close of nominations in February, all nominees will receive an electronic application via email. Applications consist of demographic information, community involvement, leadership experience, potential for involvement and many questions relating to the nominees insight on the Greater Pensacola Area and leadership characteristics. Please refer to the timeline below for specific dates:

  • Nominations accepted for the Class of 2021: February 1, 2020 (Tentative)
  • Application Packet Emailed to All Nominees: March 1, 2020
  • Applications Due: April 1, 2020

​*All applications must be submitted with a $35 application fee and a supervisor’s signature.