Become a Leader

Launch your career, build leadership skills, and get connected.

Program Details

The Summer Leadership Program is your opportunity to connect with other like-minded young professionals and develop leadership skills to move you forward in your career. This five-week program includes: team-building activities, leadership speakers & training, industry tours, and an insider’s look into local favorites. Each week is a new adventure, but we promise each week will be fun!

The Facts

Years of SLP

Total Participants

Participating Local Companies

What to expect in SLP

Community Tours
Industry Tours
Local Eats

SLP is for interns and new hires from local companies between 18-30 years old.


SLP is every Wednesday for five weeks during the summer. Attendance each week is mandatory.


Various locations throughout Lakeland! We will be taking you all over the city in hopes that you’ll love it as much as we do.


Improve your leadership and networking skills while learning more about this city we call home.


“I learned the value in planting our roots where we are right now. SLP also gave us the tools and steps to advance as students, as young artists, as entrepreneurs, and as young professionals in the community.” Evyr

City of Lakeland

“I didn’t expect this program to change my perspective completely about Lakeland, about what it has to offer, about how important it is to be actively involved in the community that you are a part of and about the opportunities that are here for young professionals, current leaders, and future leaders.” Junior


“We met so many people throughout the program that showed us how you can take your act of service and through leadership, make a change. I am looking forward to my future as a Lakelander.” Jonathan

GrayRobinson, P.A.

Check Out This Year’s Program

That’s A Wrap!

Thursday morning, 7:45am. As most of Lakeland was commuting to work, fixing their morning coffee or (for the lucky few) sleeping in, the twelfth class of the Summer Leadership Program was meeting for the last time at Catapult. This group of thirty-seven dreamers and...

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A Little Stitious

Luke Wilmoth  Birthplace: Lakeland, FL      Company: AgAmerica Lending   Favorite Quote: “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious” – Michael Scott      Describe your perfect pair of jeans: Comfortable and blue. What do you miss from...

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Keith Foley  Birthplace: West Palm, FL Company: Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Describe your perfect picnic basket: Burger, corn chips, and Johnnie Walker If you could go back to any moment in history, what would it be? The signing of the Declaration of...

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Important Dates

Registration Opens: March 2018 | Registration Closes: May 1, 2018
Program Dates for 2018: May 30 – June 27 & July 11 – August 8