Leadership Miami is an annual
program sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
and several of Miami-Dade County's premier companies, local
agencies and corporations. The program is targeted towards
men and women interested in making Miami a better place to
Leadership Miami offers its members the opportunity
to meet Miami's leaders and to share an intensive learning
experience that focuses on community issues and leadership
skills. The purpose of Leadership Miami is to prepare the
next generation of Miamians to meet future challenges. The
program provides members with lectures, seminars and small
group discussions and leadership skills exercises to address
vital issues affecting Miami-Dade County. This dynamic format
stimulates vigorous and animated discussions by all participants.
During the extensive two-day opening conference,
community leaders, government officials and prominent business
executives present their individual perspectives on a wide
variety of topics. All the presentations are followed by question
and answer sessions, and later by small group discussions
among the participants where the focus is the development
of leadership skills.
To encourage further exploration and action
related to community issues and to encourage the development
of leadership skills, additional sessions are scheduled following
the opening conference. At these focus sessions, participants
have the opportunity to develop friendships and network with
peers in their assigned small discussion group for the duration
of the program. These discussions are facilitated by Leadership
Miami alumni who are trained as facilitators. COMMUNITY PROJECT
A most important part of Leadership Miami and a requirement
for completion of the program is the participation by all
members in a volunteer community project of their group’s
choosing. The purpose of this portion of the program is to
broaden the participants’ awareness of community needs
and facilitate their involvement in local volunteer programs.
Each Leadership Miami group selects a charitable agency to
assist and is responsible for designing a program that will
benefit the community.
Luncheons, social events and a graduation are
all planned to encourage participants to meet and build friendships
based on dedication to community service and to Miami. These
programs enable participants to meet one another, and on many
occasions, to share time with civic and community leaders
in a social setting. Many times, participants organize activities
among themselves that will further the mission of Leadership
Miami. Social events are, without a doubt, a fun and rewarding
portion of the program."
The Leadership Miami year concludes with a
day dedicated to the review of skills and issues discussed
throughout the year. Participants have the opportunity to
present their Group Projects. The Carlos Arboleya Community
Service Award is presented to an outstanding current participant.
The Bill Colson Award is presented to an alumnus who has provided
consistent leadership in creating community understanding
and enhancing the quality of life for a broad cross-section
of the total community. The day ends with a graduation celebration.