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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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May 2017 Member of the Month 

Graciela Valdes, Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography

Graciela Valdes, CPP is a professionally credentialed, published, and award-winning portrait photographer specializing in Personal Branding, Boudoir and Family portraiture. She holds a Bachelor Degree from Florida International University and a Professional Certification from Professional Photographers of America. Graciela is involved in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the Lunch Bunch Leads Group and is on the Board for the Women’s Council where she serves as Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee.  Graciela enjoys donating much of her time and services to various local charities, including Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, PACE Center for Girls, Tomorrow’s Rainbow and VACC Camp. She and her life partner, Tim, are parents to elementary school-age twins, two adult children and have a toddler granddaughter.