Class XI Information and Application

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We are excited about your interest in Class XI of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.  This program is designed to further develop the leadership qualities of men and women to equip them to become increasingly involved in the decision-making process of policy issues which will shape the future of Florida’s agriculture andnatural resources sectors, as well as their local communities. Below are additional details about the program.

Time Investment

During a twenty-two month period, Class XI members will participate in 11 study/travel seminars involving about 55 days.  These seminars are scheduled on alternating months with Seminar I scheduled for November 2019. Nine seminars, three to five days in length, will be held in locations throughout Florida.  One seminar will take place in two U.S. regions and one in two or three countries

Draft Schedule

Application Process

We hope you will give serious consideration to applying for this class.  To become a candidate, you will need to complete an application. The application requires a thorough review of your professional history and may require a significant amount of time to complete. For this reason, we have created an online portal that allows you to save your application progress and return to it as your work towards completion. Applications must be submitted by Monday, July 22, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). A PDF version of the application is available by request.

If you have any issues with the online application, please contact Kevin Kent ( or Christy Chiarelli (

Online Application Portal

Selection Seminars

Once you have applied and it is determined that you meet all the application criteria, you will be invited to participate in a selection seminar.  You must participate in one of these seminars to be considered for the program.  The selection seminars will begin early to mid-August at various locations around the state.  Upon receipt of your application, we will send an invitation to these selection seminars.

  • August 7 – Belle Glade
  • August 12 – Gainesville
  • August 19 – Bartow

Once your application is completed and received, Janice Shephard ( will reach out to you regarding the selection seminar. By default, you will be assigned to the closest location geographically. If that date does not work for you, be sure to indicate this in your response so we can assign you to a different selection seminar date.


If accepted into Class XI, tuition for the program is $5,000. Half of tuition ($2,500) is due when the participant accepts the invitation to participate in the program. The other half of tuition ($2,500) is due at the beginning of the second year of the program – fall of 2020. Payment plans are also available. We never want someone to not apply because of the financial obligation.

Other Resources

It is encouraged that you reach out to members of Classes I-X to learn more about the experience. A list of alumni is available below. Additionally, a one-pager designed to provide your employer with a brief overview of the program and potential benefits is available for you to use.

Alumni List Employer One-Pager