Leadership Collier Partners with International College In Leadership Institute

A new partnership between International College and The Leadership Collier Foundation will provide the region’s professional community with an opportunity to follow what organizers are describing as "a dynamic path to self-discovery."

The two have joined forces to present a program that is already recognized as one of the area’s most-respected Leadership initiatives.

The Leadership Institute, a five year-old offshoot of the leadership programs affiliated with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, will now be facilitated through the auspices of what GNCC President Mike Reagen calls "an extraordinary collaboration."

"This partnership not only combines the expertise of the Institute’s veteran course leaders with that of International College’s School of Business, but it also integrates the program’s customized curriculum with the College’ state-of-the-art delivery system… resulting in a real benefit for those who participate in the Leadership Institute experience," says Reagen.

As for that experience, International College School of Business Dean Fred Nerone likens it to "the ultimate level" in executive development.

"Our partnership is about producing better, more effective, leaders," says Nerone.

"We expect participants to emerge with improved critical-thinking ability, enhanced communication skills which are geared for relationship building and greater initiative in terms of moral stewardship and community trusteeship. These, in fact, are very similar to the core competencies our college imparts to students. So in terms of overarching purpose, we couldn’t be more pleased by this relationship with the Leadership Collier Foundation."


Those who enroll in Leadership Institute commit to attend sessions commencing April 12, 2006. Additional sessions will occur on April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21 and June 28.

Success Systems President Jan Kantor and Lucera, Inc. President Patrick Neale will continue fulfilling their respective roles as Moderator and Chairman of the program.

Additional course instruction will be provided by International College’s MBA/MPA Program Director Dr. Don Forrer and Business Administration Professor Dr. Joseph Heinzman.

"Ours is a very hands-on and personalized approach designed to hone-in on participants’ relative strengths," says Jan Kantor. As opposed to a one-size-fits-all type of methodology, Kantor says the program incorporates highly individualized exercises, personal assessment tools, conflict/resolution scenarios and group sessions which culminate into a "life transforming" experience.

Chairman Patrick Neale agrees.

"Knowledge and understanding work together to elicit change," he says. "Whether we’re talking about bringing changes to one’s performance at work or bringing changes to the world, with knowledge and understanding, one can more confidently determine how to proceed toward a goal. Those who attend Leadership Institute will leave with new insight, both on the world at large, and the world within themselves."


As for program changes, Dr. Forrer believes the introduction of new technology will provide a new level of service to Institute participants.

"Classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards, technology which essentially operates as a giant computer monitor from which one can access the Internet or run PowerPoint presentations," says Forrer.

"We’ve also created digital discussion boards and a communication network which allows members to stay virtually connected to one another throughout the entire process," he adds.


Leadership Institute Members will also have a rare opportunity to interact and glean insight from some of the most successful people in the business world. These professionals, distinguished by the Institute as Titans of Industry, have formerly included U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, WCI Chairman/U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Al Hoffman, CNBC Chairman Bill Bolster and HMA Founder’s William Schoen and Joe Green.


Many graduates of Leadership Institute credit the program for helping them to achieve some measure of their professional success.

According to Naples City Councilman and Management Support Systems President John Sorrey,III, "The sessions and the individual meetings provided a framework which motivated me to recharge my leadership battery."

For Marco Island Police Chief Roger Reinke, The Institute’s networking opportunities were a real advantage. "The classes allowed me to meet, and get to know, several tremendously talented individuals in our community," he says.

"It was in some ways, a showcase of the depth of talent that exists in Naples."

Brian Settle, Human Resources Director for NCH Systems, says that although he enjoyed networking with other business leaders’s, he especially benefited from having "a personalized plan" to hone his leadership skills and behaviors.

"It was a learning opportunity, for me, unparalleled in the college classroom," says Settle.


The Greater Naples Chamber, The Leadership Collier Foundation and International College will work together to recruit and identify candidates for The Leadership Institute Class of 2006.

There is a $2,000 enrollment fee, but organizers say there may be some offsetting of costs through scholarship opportunities or employer reimbursement programs which companies may have in place.

To obtain an enrollment application or learn more details about Leadership Institute, contact Suzanne Willis at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce by phone at 239-403-2910 or by email at Suzanne@napleschamber.org
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