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Leadership Fort Lauderdale



The future of our communities depends upon well-informed and involved leaders. Leadership Fort Lauderdale is designed to create better communities by identifying, educating and motivating leaders.

Founded in 1994, the program is sponsored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. A participant in Leadership Fort Lauderdale will:

  • Develop an awareness of business issues and challenges facing your community and the region.

  • Discover your personal leadership strengths, and find new areas where you can make meaningful contributions.Increase your ability to articulate a vision of the community and put that vision into action.
  • Network with a diverse, regional group of community and business leaders.
  • Make a commitment to creating better communities.


An investment in Leadership Fort Lauderdale will yield significant dividends in terms of knowledge, understanding and experience. The program appeals to a diverse audience of active and involved men and women.
  • Small business owners, managers and career-minded individuals who want to expand their knowledge of business and community issues and strengthen their involvement in community affairs.
  • Individuals from the public sector who seek a broader view of the community and a better understanding of local and regional business issues.
  • Concerned community volunteers who aspire to increase their effectiveness in the community.
  • Existing and emerging leaders who hope to shape the direction of their community and region.

Participation in Leadership Fort Lauderdale is open to any Chamber member or non-member interested in expanding knowledge of community and business issues.


Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Committed to becoming more involved in the community & the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Committed to increase your effectiveness in the community through active participation
  • Interest in developing personal leadership skills

Download Application (PDF)

For more information about Leadership Fort Lauderdale, please contact

Dolores Molina
Administrative Coordinator

(954) 462-6000, ext 8723

Carolyn Michaels
Exec VP, Program Director

(954) 462-6000, ext 8759

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July 2017 Member of the Month 

Marty Elberg, Circle of Life Legal Services

Circle of Life Legal Services is an estate planning practice that focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures for tomorrow.  Attorney Marty Elberg helps guide clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of families and the accomplishments of cherished family goals. 

Marty Elberg graduated from California Western School of Law in 2006. After graduation, Marty moved back to his hometown of Eagle Grove, Iowa to be closer to his and his wife’s family where they could raise their boys with the same Midwestern values they learned.  Soon after he was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2007, he opened his own practice to serve the small town.  After several years of growing his business and transitioning their boys into responsible young men, Marty and his wife moved to Florida. He now resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Susie. Their children live in Iowa and Virginia. One is in the Army National Guard and the other is in the US Navy. 

Community involvement has always been a top priority for Marty. In April of 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Voices for Children of Broward County. This organization helps bring normalcy to neglected and abused children under the care of the state in Broward County.  He was also selected as one of three finalists for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.