Leadership Miami® offers participants the opportunity to meet Miami's leaders and to share an intensive learning experience that focuses on community issues and leadership skills through a planned process of lectures, seminars, small group discussions and leadership skills exercises.
One of the key purposes of Leadership Miami® is to prepare the next generation of Miamians to address vital issues affecting Miami-Dade County and meet future challenges. The program's dynamic format stimulates animated and critical discussions among participants and guest speakers.
During the Opening Conference, community leaders, government officials and prominent business executives present their individual perspectives on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are followed by question and answer sessions and small group discussions led by recent Leadership Miami® graduates who serve as facilitators. Leadership skills form a basic component of these group workshops. The class is divided into smaller teams (20 people) to facilitate networking opportunities and skill building activities.
To encourage further exploration and action related to specific community issues, and to encourage the development of leadership skills, additional sessions are held one Saturday each month, following the Opening Conference. At these sessions, participants have the opportunity to develop friendships and network with peers in their assigned team for the duration of the program.
As an integral part of your Leadership Miami® experience and curriculum, each participant is required to complete a minimum of five fieldwork assignments in order to complete the program. The primary purpose of fieldwork assignments is to broaden your awareness of your community, to experience diverse cultures and needs, and learn the importance of philanthropy.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
A most important and rewarding part of the program is the participation by all members in a volunteer service project of their team’s choosing. The Community Service Project is a fundamental part of the Leadership Miami® curriculum and a requirement for completion of the program.
Teams select a nonprofit organization that they will work with for their team project. This process provides a unique experience to each team member. During the planning and execution of the project, members develop team building and leadership skills.
The purpose of this portion of the program is to broaden participants’ awareness of community needs and teach the importance of philanthropy. The program aids in the empowerment and revitalization of MiamiDade County, as well as provides a fun environment where participants can practice/ develop team and individual leadership skills.
In addition to selecting the charitable organization, each team is responsible for designing a program that will benefit their teams chosen organization and provides the participants with a unique experience within their community.
The program year concludes with a graduation celebration. The session is dedicated to the review of skills and issues discussed throughout the year and to participants’ presentations of their Team Community Service Projects. During this celebration, the community service award is presented to an outstanding current participant, nominated by peers.
Participants may continue their support of Leadership Miami® and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, by serving on various planning task forces or as team facilitators. The Leadership Miami® committee is open to dues-paying alumni, who are tasked with the responsibility of administering the program each year and continue their involvement in Chamber activities