Leadership FGFOA

CONGRATULATIONS! to the Leadership Class VI 2023


They had an amazing week of personal and professional growth. CLICK HERE to view the Leadership Class VI 2023 Graduation Presentation.

Tyler Corbett

City of Plant City

Ginny Cox

Okeechobee Utility Authority

Christopher Day

Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller

Eric Deibel

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller

Sandra Feliciano

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

Judy Fleurimond

City of Boca Raton

Baldemar Fonseca

City of Homestead

Taneisha Gaines

City of Dania Beach

Krishna Gandhi

Pinellas County BCC

Alaura Hart

Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency

Erika Hlywiak

Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Palm Beach County

Lory Irwin

City of Daytona Beach Shores

Ivy Ladyko

City of Port St. Lucie

Peta-Gay Lake

City of Coconut Creek

Stephanie Loven

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners - Office of Management and Budget

Austin Padova

Pasco County Board of County Commissioners

Cindy Speece

Brevard County Sheriff's Office

Mary Jane Sykes

Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners

Kristin Thompson

Suwannee River Water Management District

Corey Wheeler

Florida Virtual School


Click on the links below to see class rosters, pictures and additional testimonials.  

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

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.”
elly 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

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is the cost?
The registration fee is $2,700; however, with the FGFOA subsidizing the fee, the cost to members is $995.

2.  What do the costs include?
The registration fee is designed to cover all costs (training, materials, personality profile, lodging, food, etc.), other than parking and transportation to and from the host hotel at the beginning and end of the program.

3.  Does the program qualify for CPE?
The intent of the training is not aimed at qualifying for CPE credit per se, but some aspects of the program will be eligible. Currently, the coursework will qualify for approximately 34 hours of behavioral (BEH) and 2 hours of technical business (TB) continuing education.

4.  Why is lodging mandatory?
Lodging is mandatory because some participants living in the local vicinity may be tempted to not participate in scheduled after-hour events and because some governmental agencies may frown on having local participants pay for lodging. The Board and Committee have designed the program to allow participants to be completely focused on the event.