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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.


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.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Cocktail Reception
This members-only gathering marks the beginning of a new GNL season.


Men's Day at Habitat
Walk through a completed house, then work on building a house with GNL men and their male guests. Box lunch provided.


Human Trafficking: In our Backyard?
Don't miss this ACE Education Session. Details will follow.


Women's Reunion
Sharon Lee Parker will speak about overcoming cancer and other life experiences.


Holiday Cocktail Dinner
Enjoy cocktails, socializing and dinner. Dance to the music of DJ Ceron.


ACE Luncheon Event - Susan Eisenhower


ACE Education - How to Drive Business in SWFL


Annual Meeting & Election of Officers


Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner
Celebration dinner and presentation of the GNL Distinguished Leadership Award.


Year 'Rounders' Summer Cocktail Party
Attendees to bring own libations and hors d'oeuvres.


Latest News

The 2014 Celebration Dinner & Award Presentation ~by Rusty Troth

Alumni and friends of Greater Naples Leadership gathered at the Naples Yacht Club on April 3 to celebrate the highly successful eighteenth year of operation. After a very congenial social hour, about 130 attendees feasted on an excellent dinner of beef short ribs and crab cakes. This lovely evening affair was planned by the committee of Els Kavanagh, Dusti Beaubien, Sue Reynen, and Karen Anderson, Chair.

Retiring President John Hannsz welcomed everyone and recognized the previous Parke Wright award recipients and past GNL Presidents in attendance. He also recognized members of next year's Masters Class XIX. John expressed his appreciation to all those who had volunteered on behalf of GNL during the year.  After dinner, Rusty Troth, Chair of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award Committee, introduced the 2014 recipient, Ann E. Berlam.

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Jack Bloodgood - A Proven, Innovative and Unassuming Leader ~by Bob Berlam

Eleven years ago, over forty excited members of Class VIII graduated from the GNL Masters Program. I thought I knew all about the accomplishments of our members, before and after GNL.  How wrong could I have been?

In a recent Naples Daily News article, I was surprised, and pleased, to read about the tremendous national imprint Jack Bloodgood, Class VIII, has had as an architect on the national standards for the configuration of the housing designs in the U.S. (Click here to read the article.) Jack's calm and unassuming manner never revealed this level of national recognition that he holds to this day.  He just quietly went about his GNL activities.

I have witnessed many similar achievements by our GNL friends and colleagues. Jack's accomplishments and ability to transfer his professional skills to his nonprofit work is a model that most graduates have utilized in their volunteer efforts. His service on the boards of the Friends of Art, Immokalee Housing and Family Services and the Museum of Art, exemplifies what we all can do to bring "proven leadership" that contributes to the betterment of our community.

Congratulations to Jack and to all the GNL alumni who offer so much of themselves so others may receive needed support.

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Class VIII Palm Cottage Tour and Tapas

Classmates and guests enjoyed tapas in the garden tiki beside Palm Cottage in Old Naples. Two docents greeted attendees and led individual and small group tours through the house. Many notable changes were observed since 2003 when Class VIII visited the Historical Society Headquarters on History Day! Photos by Jeanne Bolds

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2014 GNL Spring Cocktail Party

Seventy-five GNL alumni and their guests attended a spring cocktail party hosted at a beautiful home in Collier's Reserve. Photos by Alex Anderson

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2014 Celebration Dinner & Award Presentation

Alumni and friends of Greater Naples Leadership gathered on April 3 to celebrate the highly successful eighteenth year of operation and the presentation of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Service Award to Ann Berlam. Photos by John Hughes

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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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