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Greater Naples Leadership is a dynamic nonprofit organization committed to educating proven leaders who wish to volunteer their services in bettering our community.

 
 
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Usually, a member of GNL sponsors an individual for admission to the program. Each GNL alumna/us or member of the current class may sponsor up to two candidates per year. Individuals may apply for membership without a sponsor by contacting the GNL office, 239.300.7055 or email

Applications are accepted December 1 through January 31.

 
 
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Spring "Year 'Rounders "Cocktail Party
4/24/2014
Limited to 60 members and guests, this event will be held in a private home.

 

Latest News

Class XVIII Human Services Day ~ by Mary Angela Smith, Class XVII


Human Services Day, held February 19, provided Masters Class XVIII with an in-depth overview of social services offered in Collier County.

The day began and ended at the Boys and Girls Club and included a tour of that facility which serves 600 children daily with a wide range of after-school programs. Eileen Connolly-Keesler (Class XVIII) and Mary George of the Community Foundation overviewed human services needs in Collier County. A panel on children's services followed, featuring speakers from Friends of Foster Children, Youth Haven, the Boys and Girls Club and Grace Place, including a touching testimonial from a mother whose family has greatly benefitted from Grace Place's literacy services.

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2014 Parke Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award ~ by Rusty Troth, Class XV

The search to recognize the 2014 Distinguished Leader who best exemplifies the mission and goals of Greater Naples Leadership led the Award Committee to Ann E. Berlam, a member of GNL Class VI and a Past President. The award will be presented to Ann at the Celebration Dinner on April 3 at the Naples Yacht Club; all members and their guests are invited.

After graduation in 2002, Ann was elected to the GNL Board of Directors as Secretary. After serving three years in that position, she was elected GNL President in 2006-07. She also chaired the Governance Committee, served on an earlier Parke Wright III Award Committee and the planning committees for both the 10th and 15th anniversary-year GNL celebrations.

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2014 ACE Session: The Wolff of Immigration ~ by Lydia Galton


Casey Wolff, Esq. made Immigration a lively topic for a breakfast meeting held at Tiburon on Monday, March 10 with almost 70 GNLers in attendance. He summarized the tortured history of immigration reform in a complex, one-page handout: with just a glance one could discern that the path to reform has been impeded by one hurdle after another which no one has yet been able to overcome.

An Immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, passed in the Senate but is languishing in the House, a victim of the "Hastert Rule" (a majority of the majority party must approve before a bill can come to the full house for a vote). This bill contains:

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Class XVIII Healthcare Day ~ by Kay Carmichael, Class XVII


To familiarize Class XVIII with the area's local healthcare facilities and services, the session day planning team visited Physicians Regional Health System, NCH Health System and the Neighborhood Health Clinic.

Because they were so well received last year, featured speakers were invited back, and they provided excellent overviews of national, state and local healthcare issues, including the possible local impact of the Affordable Care Act. Also heard were representatives from the medical, nursing and emergency services fields who addressed some of the issues and challenges encountered by local healthcare institutions.


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2014 ACE Economic Development in Collier County ~by Dennis Corbly, Class XV


Over seventy GNL members and guests gathered for lunch at The Naples Hilton on February 10 to hear about economic development and challenges in our area. Bruce Register, Director of Business and Economic Development for Collier County presented, an overview of his office's functions and described several accomplishments in his first year in this role.

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2014 ACE Immigration Session

The 2014 ACE sessions wrapped up with a breakfast & discussion on Immigration Reform presented by attorney Casey Wolff. Photos courtesy of Dennis Corbly & G. Christopher Photography.

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Class XVIII - Human Services Day

Human Services Day, held February 19, provided Masters Class XVIII with an in-depth overview of social services offered in Collier County. Photos by Sandra Welker & Carol Jonson.

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2014 ACE Economic Development Session

Over seventy GNL members and guests gathered for lunch at The Naples Hilton on February 10 to hear about economic development and challenges in our area. Photos by Dennis Corbly.

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Class XII Women's Pre-Valentines Day Luncheon

Class XII held a Women's Pre-Valentine Lunch on Monday, February 10. Each attendee brought a valentine's gift to exchange and fun was had by all!

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Class XVIII - Healthcare Day

To familiarize Class XVIII with the area's local healthcare facilities and services, the session day planning team visited Physicians Regional Health System, NCH Health System and the Neighborhood Health Clinic. Photos by Carol Jonson.

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Class XVIII - Economic Development Day

Economic Development Day led off with an excellent presentation on the economic health of Collier County by FGCU economist, Dr. Gary Jackson followed by panel presentations. Photos by Carol Jonson.

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