Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 30-year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County’s growth and development of its leaders. This nine-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Hosted from September to May, participants receive classroom training by certified instructors and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process. Tours of key areas such as Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Legislative Days in Tallahassee provide participants with a better understanding of the community. Additionally, each participant takes part in a group project to benefit the community while focusing on project management, time management and team building skills. Another important aspect of Leadership Okaloosa is the networking relationships forged that lead to long lasting personal and professional relationships. Hosted by Northwest Florida State College with the support of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, Destin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, benefits include leadership training and development, community networking, becoming equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in the community, interacting with community leaders, developing an awareness of the region and its needs, and earning aspects of the Legislative process (Tallahassee Legislative Days).
Applications will be accepted through August 24 and class size ranges from 25-40 participants.
Tuition Fee is $975 and includes access to online training and materials, coffee and lunch during training days, chamber breakfast or lunch during tours, hotel and transportation during Tallahassee Legislative days, and graduation celebration.