(Naples Illustrated – January 4, 2023) Greater Naples Leadership’s Master’s Program educates highly accomplished men and women regarding issues in Collier County.
Elizabeth Strong moved to Naples from the northeast three years ago. Newly retired from a fulfilling career in business, she was eager to learn more about Collier County and discover possibilities with both nonprofit and civic organizations that would allow her to meaningfully contribute to her newly adopted home.
She found that opportunity with Greater Naples Leadership (GNL), a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to provide proven leaders with a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about Collier County’s challenges and to encourage the use of their skills individually and collectively in helping to better the community.
The GNL Masters Program educates highly accomplished men and women regarding issues in Collier County through a series of nine in-depth sessions covering all major aspects of community life. Each year, GNL accepts a class of 40 to 50 individuals and exposes them to sessions focusing on history, culture, health care, education, the environment, growth and economic development, human services, government, and more.
Participation in the GNL program is a two-year commitment. The first year is educational, and in the second year, small teams of class members, under the guidance of a class leadership team, prepare one of the nine educational sessions for the following year’s class.