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2020 Leadership Program Information

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AIA Florida’s Jacob Leadership Institute educates and cultivates the next generation of leaders in architecture.

This program helps leaders at all levels increase their emotional intelligence and become better leaders.

"I highly recommend the JLI Leadership program! I was hesitant to apply at first. I thought it would be geared more toward the emerging professional. However, once I reviewed the outline and objectives of the course - I couldn't pass on the opportunity.­

"I'm glad I did. I've been able to apply the principles in all areas of my professional life as a principal, employer, mentor and component president.

"Whether you are a seasoned leader or an emerging professional— you'll come away stronger and more confident in your leadership capabilities. JLI is well worth the commitment."

-Rhonda Hammond, AIA,­ AIA Tallahassee President

Former FBI agent, Michael “Bret” Hood takes 25 years of leadership expertise and provides in-depth courses that dig into the science, psychology, and ethics that define leadership. Over the six-month program, learn how to:

  • Assess yourself and gain insight into your leadership style
  • Understand unconscious blind-spots and emotional intelligence
  • Design methods of motivating others
  • Build an organizational culture
  • Influence stakeholders

AIA Florida is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Jacob Leadership Institute program. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2019. APPLY TODAY!

Fifteen exceptional applicants will be selected for the class, and candidates will be notified of their selection by December 30, 2019.

Training Dates (subject to change):

January 27, 2020­ ­ ­ ­ ­Tallahassee
February 24, 2020­ ­ ­ ­Tampa
March 27, 2020­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­Orlando
April 27, 2020­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­Miami
May 29, 2020­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Jacksonville
June 29, 2020­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Gainesville
July 9-12, 2020*­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Palm Beach

*Graduation ceremony at AIA Florida's Annual Convention

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:­­­­­­­­ What makes this program different than other leadership programs?

A.­­­­­­­­ The curriculum focuses on personal leadership as well as professional leadership and these skills learned can be used in all aspects of life.­ The instructor uses his 25 years of leadership expertise he gained as an FBI agent and takes a deep dive into the science, psychology, and ethics that define leadership.


Q:­­­­­­­­­­ What is the actual time commitment beyond the monthly four-hour training?

A:­­­­­­­­­­­ Students can expect to add travel time to each city. The distance varies depending on where you live but most locations can be reached in a day’s travel without overnight stays. ­There will also be occasional homework assignments in between live sessions that make take 2-3 hours to complete.


Q:­­­­­­­­­­ What is the cost of the program beyond the $750 tuition?

A:­­­­­­­­­­­ There is no additional cost except for minimal travel expenses, which will also vary depending on the city where the program is being held. Students can consider carpooling with other students who live in the same area to help with travel costs.­ Compared to other comparable leadership programs, the cost is minimal.­ Food is also provided during each training session.


Q:­­­­­­­­­­ What is the level of training?

A:­­­­­­­­­­­ Because this training focuses on developing a personal leadership style, individuals from all levels of leadership will benefit, from the associate emerging professional and young architect to the seasoned Principal who is already in a leadership position.­


Q:­­­­­­­­­­ What is the deadline to apply?

A:­­­­­­­­­­­ December 20, 2020



Q: ­­­­­­­­­ Where can I learn more?

A:­­­­­­­­­­­ AIA Florida’s website has a full overview of the program as well as tuition information and the application, or you can contact Wendy Johnson at AIA Florida at 850-222-7590 or




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