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In this November 2018 issue:
Register Now! RECON Brevard: The Adventure Continues
Friday, November 9, 2018
Register Now! Conversation + Community
Wednesday, December 5, 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
LEAD Brevard Congratulates 2019 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient
Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo
Help Support LEAD Brevard
Leadership Brevard Class of 2019 Session Two: Collaboration
Leadership Essentials Session One: Communication
New and Renewing LEAD Brevard Members: October 2018


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
Registration is required to assure your place in this adventure!
CLICK HERE or on the flyer below to register.


CLICK HERE or on the flyer below to register.

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Contact Kristin Bakke at 321.632.8222 or Kristin@LEADBrevard.org
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 
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.
At this signature fundraiser, LEAD Brevard also recognizes the recipient of the 2019 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award.  The Ketcham Award is named in memory of Rodney S. Ketcham and presented to an individual that demonstrates a history of vision, service, and leadership for the betterment of Brevard.
Congratulations to the 2019 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient: 
Keith Winsten, Executive Director, Brevard Zoo
Image credit: Clear Channel Outdoor


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Class of 2019
"Session Two: Collaboration"
October 25, 2018 Canterbury, Oviedo
by Kristin Bakke, President & CEO, LEAD Brevard

Leadership Brevard shares connections that we aren’t even aware of sometimes … the spouse of our morning’s facilitator was one of the school teachers that taught the daughter of one of our Leadership Brevard alumni (which is how we met Brant Menswar of Banding People Together six years ago) and they (Brant and Emily) are also related by marriage to the Ties That Bind group (Steve and Lisa) that leads the ropes course in the afternoon of our session! Who knew?!

So … that’s the lead in to the tale of Collaboration as the theme of session two for the Leadership Brevard Class of 2019 on October 25th. 

All Leadership Brevard class members take the Collaborative Harmony Index©, a Banding People Together assessment tool and learn of their results at our morning session. Once there is a general understanding – with Brant as the conversation leader – of the difference between collaboration and cooperation and where “voice”, “contribution” and “commitment” come in to play, participants identify in smaller groups their collaborative style via music and musical icons. If you have participated in the Leadership Brevard program in the last 5 years, the names of Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett will resonate with you. If not … plan to make the Leadership Brevard program part of your community leadership development next year. (Pre-registration is available for the class of 2020 on the LEAD Brevard website).


Here’s what several of the 2019 participants had to say about that session –


"Don’t be something you are not, find others with the strength and collaborate."

"Collaboration and working as a team by bringing everyone’s individual skills and ideas together to succeed in your goal."
"Everyone has a skill and talent that is needed and a good leader will recognize that and help that person utilize that skill that benefits the team and themselves."

Taking that newfound ‘self and other’ knowledge to the field, the Jimmy’s and Bruce’s led the Gaga’s and Frank’s into the unknown of the ‘ropes course’. It’s a challenge by choice course, so each activity is a personal leadership decision to participate or to support those participating or both! Some members chose to challenge themselves – conquering a fear of heights or the fear we share as humans, that of looking ‘silly’ before your peers. Challenges were met and accepted and our photo gallery shows the confidence displayed by members of the group.


Again, testimonial comments from the class say it best:

"We all worked together so amazingly today! We conquered so many fears today."
"I was afraid to be vulnerable and take risks. Everyone showed me that it’s ok to be vulnerable."
"Work together to reach our common goal by building trust, purpose, energy and execution."

The “So-Social” team of October which included Mark Boyd, Derrick Cantees, Gina Crane, Valarie James, Joshua Jensen, Sarah Kraum, Bridget Mace, Peter Mannino, Kevin Panik and Ashley Wood created a welcoming atmosphere at the Pizza Gallery and Grill for the class and alumni guests; thanks to LEAD Brevard board members and Leadership Brevard alumni guests who joined the group.

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!
CLICK HERE for more photos


"Session One: Communication"
by Kristin Bakke, President & CEO, LEAD Brevard
“Leadership skills are today’s power skills”
Leadership Essentials, powered by LEAD Brevard, is a new leadership skills development program for high potential professionals on a path to leadership and/or management roles. The new program is a complement to the community based flagship program Leadership Brevard, launched following 18 months of research to arrive at the best model for Brevard. It’s been a creative and calculated risk for LEAD Brevard with this new program offering intended to deliver value to all stakeholders.

At monthly half-day class sessions, participants sharpen critical skills necessary for effective leadership in their organization. Experienced subject matter experts as facilitators lead sessions and participants will learn and practice the skills of a results-oriented leader.


2018-2019 program year kick off was October 16th and featured Lisa Rice, CEO/Owner, Every Strength Counts, LLC and a Leadership Brevard alumni class 1997. Lisa is a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach and trainer, bringing that leadership assessment tool (Gallup’s’ StrengthsFinders) to our 35 participants. Class members spent the session learning about their Top 5 Clifton Strengths and how to use those strengths to their advantage, whether as an individual and/or as part of a team.


Completing the Clifton Strengths online talent assessment is a way to:

Discover what you naturally do best

Learn how to develop your greatest talents

Use your customized results to live your best life


For more information, please visit

When asked what was the most valuable take-away from the session, participants said -
"Understanding my strengths and the benefits of others’ strengths on a team."
"I’m internally competitive with myself and it’s one of my strongest motivators."
"Focusing on strengths versus weaknesses yields better results and better productivity."
"Understanding my strengths."
"Playing to strengths is more productive that building weakness."
And told us that these were the actions they would take with that new knowledge –
"Being vulnerable and open builds trust and strengthens communication"
"Real effort to focus on peoples strengths and not their weaknesses and what they need to do to improve; retraining my thought process."
"Better understand how to apply my strengths to my current/future career track."
"I will be more productive"

"I will develop and focus on my strengths to become a more effective leader."


Additional comments included -

"Great session! I would have happily welcomed a longer, more in depth class. Very interesting and useful. Lisa was great!"
"Excellently done; very interesting."
"Lisa seems to be an expert and that came through in her delivery and presentation."
"Awesome class so far and students."
"Lisa was awesome, great at navigating difficult conversations w/ 30 plus people. Hope she comes back!"
"It was a great experience and can’t wait for next class."
"I really enjoyed this session and am so excited for the next."
"This was a great class and very educational."

Leadership Essentials, powered by LEAD Brevard, is one solution to the community challenges of attraction and retention of our workforce; to find out more, please visit http://www.leadbrevard.org/leadership-essentials/

For Employers
Leadership Essentials is a program for your rising leaders, helping them to learn the skills to lead projects and create solutions and may enhance your ability to retain quality employees by offering this opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional contacts.
For Candidates:
Are you ready to expand your skill set? Do you want to position yourself for continued growth and demonstrate your value to your employer? Leadership Essentials is a path to that future. Learn critical leadership skills to advance your career and personal development. Understand your talents and opportunities for growth. Connect with a vital and valuable network of professionals.
For more information


Thank you to LEAD Brevard's New and Renewing Members
(October 2018)
  Name   Class   Company/Organization

Brandon Barker

Justin Cleveland

Keith Gee*

Chief David Gillespie

Ben Glover

Dawn Mays

Stephanie McLoughlin

Mitch Ribak

Diane Scott












Refrigerated Express

Precision Shapes Inc.

Children's Hunger Project

Melbourne Police Department

National Realty of Brevard

Sheldon Cove


Tropical Realty of Suntree

Children's Advocacy Center of Brevard

* Supporting Membership Level
** Sustaining Membership Level
Support LEAD Brevard’s mission:
'Working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead'. 
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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.


Nina Salvaggio LB '19, The Viera Company, Community Communications Specialist. Awarded The Rising Star Award at The Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association annual PR Professional and Communicator of the Year Awards Banquet.



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