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In this October 2018 issue:
Register Now! Recon Brevard: The Adventure Continues
Friday, November 9, 2018
Register Now! Board Governance Training with Chuck Loring
Friday, January 11, 2019
Register Now! 15th Anniversary 2019 LEAD Brevard Leadership Awards
Friday, February 8, 2019
At Capacity! Leadership Essentials, powered by LEAD Brevard
Social Media
LEAD Brevard is NOW on Instagram
Leadership Brevard Class of 2019 Session One: Your Journey Into Leadership
New and Renewing LEAD Brevard Members: September 2018
Alumni Spotlight


LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Brevard Alumni Engagement Committee is excited to announce a new event:
RECON BREVARD: The Adventure Continues
Focused on People, Culture and Community, this exclusive opportunity is designed to replicate the feeling of the Leadership Brevard program experience and is limited to the first 35 people who register!
Join LEAD Brevard the morning of Friday, November 9th in Cocoa Beach to meet community leaders, hear stories of this historic beach town, and learn about modern-day Cocoa Beach during a guided walking tour of downtown (walking distance – .71 miles/1.15km).
Bring a camera, a refillable water container and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Pre-registration is a must to assure your place in this adventure!
Not a member yet? CLICK HERE and enjoy member benefits today!

CLICK HERE or on the flyer below to register

LEAD Brevard’s signature fundraiser; the Leadership Awards & 4 Under 40 Recognition recognizes a group of 12 finalists under the age of 40 selected from a pool of nominees representing a cross-section of young professionals working in Brevard’s businesses, public and nonprofit sectors. All 12 finalists are featured during the event with the Top ‘4 Under 40’ receiving special recognition.

Special early bird pricing for registering by January 14th

A portion of your ticket purchase benefits the Leadership Brevard Scholarship Fund
Individual Ticket:    $75
Table of 8:    $600
Individual Ticket (After January 14th):    $95
Table of 8 (After January 14th):    $750
VIP Table of 8:     $1200 
VIP Table includes: 
- Preferred seating at the 2019 Leadership Awards
- Complimentary half-page ad in the event program book
(if VIP Table purchase is made by January 14th)
- Special recognition at the event
- Complimentary table gift 
- Purchase a VIP table prior to January 1st and receive an invitation to the VIP Reception in January 2019.
Sponsorships available.
Contact Kristin Bakke at 321.632.8222 or Kristin@LEADBrevard.org


LEAD Brevard is excited to announce the start of our
Leadership Essentials Program on October 16, 2018.
Leadership Essentialsâ„ , powered by LEAD Brevard, is a new leadership skills development program for high potential professionals on a path to leadership and/or management roles.  Leadership Essentialsâ„  is a complement to LEAD Brevard’s community based flagship program, Leadership Brevard.
We are at capacity with representation from:

Alluvionic, Inc., Brevard Achievement Center, Brevard County Property Appraiser's Office, Brevard Zoo, Certified General Contractors, Inc., City of Palm Bay, Community Credit Union of Florida, Contec Americas, Inc., Doug Wilson Enterprises, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Health First, IAP Worldwide Services, LEAD Brevard, Millennium Engineering and Integration, Niki Jones Allstate Agency, Rock Paper Simple, Saalex Solutions, Sun Nuclear Corporation, Suntree Country Club, UBS Financial Services, and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Now accepting pre-registration for Class of 2020


LEAD Brevard is now on INSTAGRAM!
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Class of 2019
"Session One: Your Journey into Leadership"
by Kristin Bakke, President & CEO, LEAD Brevard

What do balloon animals, shark diving and rap have in common? If you guessed “what?” You’re right. If you guessed peer introductions for the newest best class of Leadership Brevard; you’re also right!

The session title ‘Your Journey Into Leadership’ has no mention of a map, GPS or other way finder for this journey – the 60 participants of the new (best) class of 2019 arrived with eyes wide open and trepidation of the introductions exercise…and of head shots! Dana Niemeier of Dana Niemeier Photography put all at ease; professional headshots are available for each class member as a benefit of participation in Leadership Brevard.

LEAD Brevard board chairman, Dale Ketcham, LB ‘1986, Space Florida, welcomed the class, shared LEAD Brevard’s goals for the program and led a conversation with Leadership Brevard alumni panel 2018 class members – Mary Dru Bowman ’18 Florida Wildlife Hospital; Scott Eller ’18, Rock Paper Simple; Jason Jones ’18, Sentry View Systems; Eva Rey ’18, The Viera Company; and Cordell Rolle ’18, Liberty IT Solutions.

Peer introductions were one of the highlights of the day; using creativity and fear as a motivator (for the 1/3 of the class that self describes as ‘introverted’) classmates introduced each other – here’s what several of them had to say ‘after’ the exercise:

“I understand now that I should expect to experience genuine personal and professional growth through meaningful action.”

“I enjoyed how open this group is, everyone is more open minded than I thought.”


“I was surprised with the amount of talent in one room and no one was judgmental- it seems like we have a great group and I’m looking forward to the next session."


Following a ‘commercials’ team building exercise led by Mario Busacca of KeyStone Strategies, LB ‘97, the afternoon presentations session featured Assistant County Manager, John Denninghoff and Dr. Dale Brill, Orlando Economic Partnership. Again, testimonial comments from the class say it best:

“Insight into Brevard beyond space coast, got a snapshot of much I didn’t know about the challenges, metrics and policy needed to enact change.”


“The level of economic issues facing Brevard. Need to develop more awareness in area, residents need to understand these issues.”


The 2019 Leadership Action Projects (LAP) were on deck during the last session of the day and vied for the talents of the members of the class; eight LAP’s are part of the Leadership Brevard experience this year. There have been 180 LAP’s completed since 1986 with an average of 2,500 volunteer hours annually and a financial impact of $1.8 Million dollars over 33 years. LAP partner organizations this year are:

Brevard Achievement Center “Creative Solutions to Improve Recruiting of Potential Employees with Qualified Disabilities”
Brevard County Emergency Management “Business & Industry Emergency Support Function Coordination”
Brevard Family Partnership “Foster a Future for Brevard’s Youth”
Brevard Schools Foundation “Mentoring Hope in Tomorrows Leaders”

Cocoa Beach Main Street Inc.“Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Downtown”

Family Promise of Brevard “The Face of Family Homelessness”
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County “Women Build: Coming together to build stronger, safer communities in Brevard County.”
LEAD Brevard, Inc. with the Board Doctor, LLC, “Leadership IMPACT: Matching Leadership Brevard Alumni with Nonprofit Organizations Needing Skilled Board Members” (Phase II)
If you’re interested in being part of this dynamo of leadership next year, please let us know by visiting our website, Click Here or below to pre-register for the Class of 2020!
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Thank you to LEAD Brevard's New and Renewing Members
(September 2018)
Name Class Company/Organization
David Brock
John Byron
Anne Conroy-Baiter
Ted Hartselle
Dr. Greg Howes
Dale Ketcham**
Robert Merrilees*
Brent Peoples
Gil Russell
Monica Shah
Esteban Valentin
Sun State Strategy, Inc.
Junior Achievement of the
Space Coast
Kiwanis Club of Rockledge
Treaty Consulting Group, LLC
Space Florida
Retired NASA-KSC
Raymond James
Seacoast Bank
Southeast Petro Dist. Inc.
Tsunami Tsolutions LLC.
* Supporting Membership Level
** Sustaining Membership Level
Support LEAD Brevard’s mission:
'Working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead'. 
Become a member today!
As a member, you are supporting LEAD Brevard’s continued ability to provide quality leadership development programs and resources for our community. Your membership provides access & connections to the most unique network of diverse and influential leaders in Brevard.


Jeff Pearson LB '07, Chief of Police of the Satellite Beach Police Department  has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the 19-member Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. 

Thank You, Chief Pearson for your continued service!


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