about gnl - our mission & history

As GNL has developed over the years, its original mission has remained constant: to provide proven leaders with a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues and needs in Collier County and to encourage the use of their skills individually and collectively in bettering the community.

2020-2021 GNL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Mission Statement

To provide proven leaders with a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues and needs in Collier County and to encourage the use of their skills individually and collectively in bettering the community.

OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT POLICY


GNL is non-political and does not take positions on issues.  Rather, we seek to educate our members on the pros and cons of these issues so that they are better prepared to make their own decisions and commitments.  GNL does not solicit or provide funds or goods for other organizations.  The Board may include exceptions for one or more local nonprofits selected by the Community Service Committee to receive donations at the Annual Holiday Party.  The President may also use GNL funds to make a donation to a charity in memory of a deceased member.

GNL THEN AND NOW

Greater Naples Leadership, Inc., was formed as a nonprofit in 1999 through the hard work and vision of several alumni who also established the organization’s mission. As GNL has developed over the years, its original mission has remained constant.  Class sizes have grown, the recruitment process has been refined, alumni programs have been enhanced, and community service is encouraged and pursued more aggressively. The program has been a great success. Membership is a sought-after experience for many new residents as a way to quickly educate themselves with the facts and circumstances of life in Collier County. Our members are of the “give back” mentality, and GNL is a springboard for them to hit the ground running after the completion of the program.

Governance

Greater Naples Leadership, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation managed by a Board of Directors which, according to the GNL Bylaws, consists of no fewer than 11 nor more than 23 elected directors. The officers and directors are elected at an Annual Meeting of the membership in the spring.

2020-2021 Officers

President – Sue Dillon
President-Elect – Gerald Godshaw
Secretary – Loreen Sellitto
Treasurer – Doug Draeseke
Immediate Past President – J R Philp

Directors

Caren Arnstein
Maria Dines
Sandie Fleming
Barbara Hurt-Simmons
Mary Beth Jones
Kitty Keane
John Mancuso
Donna Messer
Geoffrey Murphy
Shelley Rhoads Perry
Martha Rozman
Mark Schwab
Ruth Seydel
Beth Stein
Steve Teaford
Giselle Wagner
Gunther Winkler

 

2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990

Our Payment and Refund Policy

Greater Naples Leadership is a nonprofit membership organization that charges tuition for the Masters Program, annual dues for alumni membership and fees for educational programs and social events. All charges are paid in U.S. currency and are not tax-deductible. If a person pays tuition to the Masters Program and subsequently needs to withdraw from the program, our reimbursement policy is to return half of the tuition if we receive notice on or before July 1 of the Masters Program year. Cancellation after that date will result in the forfeiture of tuition. Annual dues are not refundable. Fees for educational programs and social events are refundable if cancellations are made prior to the stated deadline. Greater Naples Leadership ensures PCI compliance and secure communications by using Stripe integrated payment system to collect online payment information which is transmitted directly to Stripe via Transport Layer Security (TLS) and HTTPS.

Questions may be directed to the GNL office, 239.300.7055 or gnloffice@gnlwebsite.org. Our legal address is c/o HBK CPA, 3838 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 200, Naples, FL 34103.