Greater Naples Leadership provides exceptional opportunities for its members to continually enrich their lives and improve their community through:
- Unique firsthand learning experiences
- Rewarding relationships with accomplished, like-minded individuals
- Unparalleled access to meaningful board and volunteer roles
About the Program
The GNL Masters Program educates highly accomplished men and women regarding issues in Collier County through a series of eight to ten in-depth sessions covering all major aspects of community life. Each year, GNL accepts a class of 36 – 46 individuals, the majority of whom are new to this area, and exposes them to sessions focusing on history, culture, healthcare, education, the environment, economic development, human services, government, Immokalee and law enforcement, as well as to a broad range of volunteer opportunities. Sessions include presentations, panel discussions, on-site visits and field trips that are planned by members of the previous year’s Masters Class.
Eligibility for the Program
Record of Accomplishment. The ideal Masters Program candidate should be a proven leader in his or her field of endeavor and/or within his or her community.
Commitment to the Greater Naples community. Candidates should be proven leaders seeking ways to apply their skills through civic and/or community service.
Career and life status. Candidates should likely be retired or semi-retired and over 50, with the time, interest and capability to participate fully in daylong classes, many of which require considerable walking. Candidates must be proficient in the use of email and the internet.
Residency. Candidates should reside in the community from October through mid-April in order to contribute fully to the program and the community. Newer residents of Naples are preferred.
Self-sponsored applicants will be interviewed; candidates with sponsors may or may not be asked to participate in an interview.
Spouse/partner/family members’ applications. Spouses/partners/family members of GNL alumni may participate in the program provided they independently meet the selection criteria. Only one spouse/partner/family member may participate in a given year, and each must be sponsored by an unrelated alumnus or alumna. At least one year must elapse between each class year of related participants.
Paid employees in the same organization. Only one paid employee of a given company or organization may be accepted in a single year.
Gender balance. GNL’s goal is to achieve gender balance in each class.
Diversity. GNL is racially and ethnically inclusive.
Requirements to Participate
Class attendance. Masters Class members are expected to attend all sessions. One full-day excused absence or two half-day excused absences are allowed with prior arrangement. Attendance at Retreat Day and Evaluation Day is mandatory.
Liability Release. Upon acceptance, Masters Class members are required to sign and submit a Liability Release.
Post-graduation commitment. Each class member, as part of a team, is required to help design and run a session for the following year’s class. This second-year effort is an integral part of the Masters Class program. Graduates are expected to carry out GNL’s Mission Statement, which encourages the use of their skills in bettering the community.