Political Leadership Innovation Institute, Inc.
Preparing outstanding business leaders to become outstanding public leaders
© 2017 Political Leadership Innovation Institute, inc.,a nonpartisan, nonprofit public leadership educational program. All Rights Reserved.
Thank you for your interest in building your community’s bench of business leaders who will be prepared to run for office or land appointments and use their business experience, skills and talent to address pressing issues.
Since the first class was seated in 2008, nearly 500 competitively-selected business-minded leaders from local institutes in Florida, San Diego and northern Virginia - small cities and large regions - have prepared for public leadership.
It has been incredibly gratifying to work with business leaders who entered one of our local institutes believing they could make a difference in political leadership but were apprehensive about the process. And then we see them graduate, not only educated about how to start and what to expect, but energized about their opportunities to become public leaders of impact and influence.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
In 2007, John McReynolds, a Central Florida business executive, and I were discussing the need for more candidates to emerge who had business experience.
An idea was sparked to establish a leadership program that would pull the curtain back on the political process and encourage business leaders to pursue political leadership. An outline was sketched on the back of a napkin that the program had to be nonpartisan, pro-business and intentional about selecting only those business leaders who were serious about exploring public leadership in either a short or long-term horizon.
A program was launched in Central Florida in 2008 and was met with immediate success in sponsorship support and business leaders who were competitively selected.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Within a short time, business-minded graduates were being elected as mayors, commissioners, legislators and school board members. As word of the program's success spread, leaders from other communities began inquiring about launching their own programs. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation was then established to assist in those efforts.
Some local institutes have been operated through chambers of commerce and business groups and others have been independent through our 501(c)(3). Regardless, our graduates have made a tremendous difference.
In Jacksonville, Florida, 11 program graduates have contributed in public service, including two mayors, five councilmembers, two sheriffs, a trustee and a legislator. Alvin Brown, a 2009 graduate and management expert, served as Jacksonville Mayor from 2011-2015 and was the first African-American to be elected to the position.
Lori Boyer, a former real estate executive who attended our program in 2010 told us: "I always believed I had something positive to offer in a public-servant role, but dreaded the process. Now, I'm inspired. Thank you.” Lori served as City Council President (2016/17), succeeding another graduate as president.
Anna Lopez Brosche, an accounting firm partner, entered our program with doubts about politics and then won her seat in 2015. In July 2017, she was sworn in as Council President, the third PLI graduate in a row to assume that role, following graduates Greg Anderson and Lori Boyer. And, like other communities impacted by our model, the bench of future public leaders in Jacksonville remains strong.
The San Diego region is benefitting from public leaders of impact, including Chris Cate, a San Diego graduate who won a city council seat in 2014 and has championed pro-business issues and fiscal responsibility…and Bill Sandke, also a San Diego program grad, who owns a photography studio in Coronado where he won a city council seat and applies financial management principles to challenging issues. Over 100 leaders have been trained in San Diego. Learn more.
In the Tampa Bay region, a number of graduate leaders have made their mark, including Melissa Snively, who runs a Tampa-area insurance agency and is a member of the Hillsborough County School Board, which oversees the eighth largest school district in the nation. Kathryn Starkey, a Pasco County business executive, who has been a community leader in educational programs, sits on the County Commission and served as Commission Chair. That program has also produced state legislators, city council members and county commissioners.
COULD YOUR COMMUNITY ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULTS?
Absolutely. Let's connect - there's no obligation and no sales pressure - and discuss how your community, state or industry could build its bench of future pro-business public leaders.
Thank you for your interest in reclaiming excellence in public leadership.
Mark R. Mills
The Political Leadership Innovation Institute, Inc. is recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Political Leadership Innovation Institute, Inc.
Attn: Mark R. Mills
10151 University Blvd. #365
Orlando, FL 32817
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