Leadership FGFOA


In our continuing effort to support and enhance the capabilities of Florida's financial executives, the FGFOA is pleased to offer a week-long Leadership Program. This program was established in 2016 and is the newest in a series of leadership-directed programs introduced by the FGFOA. The Leadership Program will focus on You, Your team, Your organization, and Your interaction with the broader governmental environment. This focus will allow for a robust and rewarding, career-changing week for Florida's current and future financial leaders. The individuals chosen for Leadership FGFOA will make an impact on their organizations, the FGFOA and the financial leadership of Florida.


Leadership FGFOA Class I
Leadership FGFOA Class II
Leadership FGFOA Class III
Leadership FGFOA Class IV

What graduates are saying about the program:

“I learned how to become a better manager and person through this program. Hands down it was the best experience of my entire professional career”- Cari Branco, Sr. Division Manager, Charlotte County

“The leadership class was inspiring as well as educational.  I always felt on the outside of the FGFOA as an organization, due to self-imposed limitations.  But the interactions with the class members and the opportunities for me to improve my skills has truly been eye opening.  It was exactly what I needed, and the boost my career needed.”-Christopher Quinn, Finance Director, City of Palm Coast

“The Leadership Class was a wonderful experience for me.  The information was valuable and enlightening and the experience allowed me to form friendships that I will always cherish.”- Haydeliz High, Financial Operations Manager, Highlands County Tax Collector

“The Leadership Class was a great experience!  In every aspect of the program I felt special and set apart as a leader.  The “toolbox” that I brought back with me has helped me to become a better leader of my organization.  I’m so grateful to my organization for investing in me.”-Kelly Strickland, Director of Financial Administration, City of Sarasota 

“I would not have traded that experience for anything in the world.”-Natalie Hinger, Financial Manager, Charlotte County

“The information and knowledge gained during this class was immeasurable. It taught me leadership skills that have been utilized constantly since the class. Not only was the knowledge gained well worth the investment but the friendships created were priceless. 

The time and monetary investment resulted in incalculable rewards and professional development. This course is a must.”-Patricia Williams, Sr. Revenue compliance Coordinator, Southwest Florida Water Management District

“The class was a great opportunity to meet other leaders in the profession.  I have made contacts/friends that have been and will continue to be helpful for the rest of my career.  The training and education were worth so much more to myself and my organization than the cost of the class.  The Leadership Class provided tools that I was able to take back and implement immediately.”-Peter Lear, Director of Finance, City of North Port

“My experience with the FGFOA Leadership Class was career changing…not only did I learn how to improve my leadership skills, I am actually using much of what I learned in my daily professional career and in some aspects of my private life.”-Teresa Butler, Finance Director, City of Cocoa

“You will be challenged daily, be inspired by the friend beside you, learn something invaluable, be uncomfortable at least once, laugh until it hurts, think differently about something you thought you knew. You will leave a better person, team member and leader.”- Kimberly Ferrell, Finance Director, Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller, Leon County

“I sincerely enjoyed the common sense approach to leadership and the exploration of how to personally become a better leader to my local government that this program provided. The program platform benefits not only experienced leaders but also emerging leaders and is well worth the investment.”-Justin Stankiewicz, Office of Management & Budget Director, Nassau County BOCC