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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

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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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April 2017 Member of the Month 

Dr. Beatriz Perez, Middle River Animal Hospital

Dr. Beatriz Perez has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2016, and has helped a number of Chamber members by providing quality medicine and compassionate care to animals.

Middle River Animal Hospital is a locally owned animal hospital that helps maintain the bond between parent and pet. They are a cloud based hospital with the latest equipment to provide the best possible care to animals, also offering house calls and providing in-home hospice care.

As a relatively new member, Dr. Perez understands the importance of networking through the Chamber of Commerce in order to promote her own business as well as encourage other businesses to patronize in our local community. She is an active member of the GLBX Leads groups and shares her experiences with the chamber with the local community. Dr. Perez strives to be a source of information and supports fellow members in order to help maintain and enhance the economic environment in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to owning Middle River Animal Hospital, Dr. Beatriz Perez studied as the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Previous jobs include working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, after which Dr. Perez attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a small animal internship and worked locally for 7 years. Middle River Animal Hospital will be having it’s 1 Year Anniversary this year, and Dr. Beatriz Perez is proud to have dedicated her hospital to her beloved pets whom have made her the veterinarian she is today.

When not connecting with other members at the Chamber and running her hospital, Dr. Perez is a supporter of animal rescue groups all over Broward County. She donates services and goods to both animal and non-animal based Non-Profits. She is also currently a partner with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Perez enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her fishing on a boat with her dad, snorkeling with her husband or travelling the world with friends.