Leadership Okaloosa is an esteemed leadership training and development program with a 22 year history of being a vital part of Okaloosa County's growth and development of its leaders. This 9 month experience is designed to enhance the participant's leadership skills and provide community awareness.
Hosted from September to June, 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, 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. Leadership Okaloosa is hosted by the Northwest Florida State College Costa Leadership Institute with the support of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
- Learn leadership training and development
- Network with others in the community
- Be equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in the community
- Interact with community leaders
- Develop an awareness of the region and its needs
- Awareness of the Legislative process (Tallahassee Legislative Days)
Applications are accepted May 1 through July 20, 2012. The class size ranges from 25-35 participants. Leadership Okaloosa seeks participants who:
- Demonstrate leadership qualities in their job
- Participate in the community and desire to better our community through active leadership
- Commitment of necessary time and effort to complete Leadership Okaloosa
- Represent a cross section of the population
- Hold high standards of personal integrity
- Desire to network with others in the community
- Equipped and motivated to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings
Nominations Accepted May 1 - July 20, 2012.
Each applicant will be notified of their status by August 10, 2012.
View the 2012-2013 application
The fee includes leadership development training, Effective Leadership book and materials,
coffee and lunch during monthly training days, chamber breakfast or lunch during tour
days, graduation celebration for participant and a guest to attend, and Tallahassee
Legislative Days transportation and dinner.
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Classes are currently scheduled for 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tour days are held from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus in Building K; or the Learning Resources Center; or the Leadership Institute.
|September 25, 2012||Orientation and Training Day||Costa Leadership Institute|
|October 12, 2012||Eglin Air Force Base Tour||Eglin AFB|
|October 23, 2012||Training Day||Costa Leadership Institute|
|November 1, 2012||Crestview Tour||Crestview|
|December 11, 2012||Training Day||NWF Airport|
|January 8, 2013||Niceville Valparaiso Tour||Niceville/ Valparaiso|
|January 29, 2013||Training Day||Costa Leadership Institute|
|February 26, 2013||Training Day||Costa Leadership Institute|
|March 1, 2013||Fort Walton Beach Tour||Fort Walton Beach|
|April 3 & 4, 2013||Tallahassee Legislative Days||Tallahassee|
|April 30, 2013||Training Day||Costa Leadership Institute|
|May 14, 2013||Destin Tour||Destin|
|May 21, 2013||Graduation Celebration||Costa Leadership Institute|
NOTE: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.
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