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LEAD Brevard

We grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a better Brevard.

LEAD Brevard
123 Barton Blvd.
# 101
Rockledge, FL 32955
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LEAD Brevard – the organization. The mission - working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead.

Our signature program - Leadership Brevard - since 1985 – is a program with an annual cohort of leaders convened to learn about the community, build an internal network and connect with leaders and issues … the program enhances the civic participation of community leaders within Brevard County.

It is an in-depth exploration of county issues; unparalleled networking; collaborative civic engagement; unique on site visits and experiences and results in an alumni network of over 1100 influential local leaders.

Leadership Action Projects

An integral part of the Leadership Brevard experience are the Leadership Action Projects, selected via an RFP process; teams of Leadership Brevard participants work with projects assisting nonprofits or local municipalities over the course of the Leadership Brevard program. In the 2019-2020 program year, the following projects are underway and will generate approximately 2600 volunteer hours and will represent $66,118.00 * in economic impact to our community. (* Independent Sector values volunteer hours at $25.43 https://independentsector.org/value-of-volunteer-time-2018/)

AMIKids Space Coast, Inc. “Mentors Mold Young Lives- Enhancing Career Skills for Troubled Youth”;
Brevard County Emergency Management “Business & Industry Emergency Support Function Coordination (Phase 2)”; Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, Inc. “What You can Do to Help the Lagoon: Educating and Motivating Brevardians”; Brevard Workforce Development Board (d.b.a. CareerSource Brevard) “R.I.S.E. Brevard” Reentry Intervention resulting in Successful Employment; Habitat for Humanity of Brevard “Affordable Housing Requirements for Disabled Children”; Housing for Homeless “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Brevard”; and Keep Brevard Beautiful “Downtown Melbourne: From History to Sustainability”.


Graduates of the Leadership Brevard ‘Best Class Ever’ annual program are “Alumni” and are encouraged to become members of LEAD Brevard. Membership starts at as little as .30 cents per day/$110.00 a year. Membership benefits include discounted LEAD Brevard event tickets and the knowledge that your membership is supporting LEAD Brevard’s capacity to provide leadership programs and resources for our community. Members have access to the most unique network of influential leaders and decision makers in Brevard.

Leadership Essentials, powered by LEAD Brevard since 2018 teaches leadership skills to high potential professionals. Soft skills including Communication, collaboration, strategic thinking, professionalism and personal brand, coaching and leadership styles are led by subject matter experts and the time in the classroom is focused on one skill per session. It’s not only a skills training program; it’s also utilized by area companies as a retention tool.


The signature fundraiser – the Leadership Awards. The annual Top 12 and the final 4 Under 40 as well as the recipient of the Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award since 2009. Ketcham ‘icons’ are familiar names – Dr. Max King, Roger Dobson, Bunny Finney, Barbara Moore, Bernie Simpkins, Robin Fisher, Joseph Duda, Dr. Tony Catanese, Dr. George Mikitarian, David Brock and Keith Winsten. Dr. Duane De Freese will receive the award in 2020.

See the 2020 Top 12 4 Under 40 finalists on the web site http://www.leadbrevard.org/events/leadership-awards/

RECON Brevard – the adventure continues for Leadership Brevard alumni and others. Focused on people, places and possibilities, these engagement events features behind the scenes ‘adventure’ that bring alumni and friends together. Walking tours of downtowns under development or insiders tours and experiences make this a way to connect with each other and with what’s new in our community. Plans to attend a VIP launch party, a visit to the renovated lighthouse and keepers cottage on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and who knows’ what’s next?

With support from the Community Foundation for Brevard, a board governance workshop with a nationally recognized facilitator has been an annual event since 2011. Building the capacity of your board of directors to understand and fulfill their roles helps you build the capacity of the organization and ultimately the nonprofit sector and the community as a whole.

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Leadership Brevard 2021