Leadership Venice

Leadership Venice is designed to expose current and future leaders to all aspects of the Venice community.

The program’s purpose is:

  • To gather community leaders of diverse backgrounds
  • To develop their knowledge and desire to accept civic responsibilities and leadership roles
  • To expose participants to the problems and opportunities that face the Venice community.
  • To open dialogue among emerging and current community leaders

The program runs from February until October meeting all day once a month. As part of the program the class selects and implements a class project.

Individuals selected will:

  • Have demonstrated commitment through past and current community activities or exhibit a desire to commit to community involvement.
  • Represent a cross section of the community of all ages and geographic representation. Diversity is an important component of the program’s purpose.

If you would like to find out more about this program, please contact Barbara Hines, Leadership Venice Director, at bhines@venicechamber.comcreate new email

Leadership Venice Class of 2020

Laurie Birnbach, Fox Lea Farm, Inc.

Ben Brodersen, Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Bethany Chapman, Tervis

James Clinch, City of Venice

Anthony Cortes, Interim HealthCare of Sarasota

Kimberly Farrell, Fox Lea Farm, Inc.

Nick Flerlage, Flerlage Team

Michele Groves, State College of Florida

Kipper House, Venice Gondolier Sun

Randy Kendrick, Venice Print Center

Robert Lauser, Grim Reaper

Stacey Licking, Payroll Vault

Jennifer McSharry, Burnett Painting

Mary Moscatelli, Venice Art Center

Charleen Myers, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

Brian Nason, The SKY Family YMCA

Stacey Ogea, Jacaranda Public Library

Lisa Richardson, Epiphany Cathedral School

Casey Riley, Robinson, Gruters & Roberts PA

Mike Sternberg, Brewburgers of Venice

Jake Tate, Green Fairways Financial

Gina Taylor, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lisa Thaxton, Grace Air Conditioning & Heating





Venice: Then and Now Day


Economic Development Day


Government Day


Health & Human Services Day

Venice Regional Bayfront Health Logo


Community Awareness Day


Arts & Culture Day

Cassie Collins, AAMS®


Welcome to Leadership Venice


Inaugural Class Project

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2019 Project SPONSORS!

Impressive Leadership Class!

I have been very impressed by Leadership Venice class. This is my first leadership class so I didn’t know what to expect. However, it has far exceeded any expectations that I might of had. I have learned a tremendous amount regarding all aspects of the community which will allow be to g…

Victoria Stultz

Victoria Stultz Team, Premier Sotheby's International Realty


Being involved with the inaugural leadership class has been fantastic! It not only gave me an opportunity to learn about the beautiful/wonderful city and county that we live in, it also showed me what goes on behind the scenes to keep it that way. I have developed some great personal and professional re…

Michael Bacon


I thought I knew Venice!

I thought I knew Venice …After growing up in Venice, graduating from VHS, and running businesses in Venice for over 16 years, l thought I knew Venice! Turns out I did, but there is SO much more! Leadership Venice has afforded me the opportunity to delve into MY community, meet key representatives …

Kelly Oliver

British Open Pub

Great Leadership Experience!

What a pleasure to learn new things about the fantastic little city I work in. Met people that I would not normally meet in my career and daily life and met some old friends that have the same goals that I do. If you want a great leadership experience definitely join Leadership Venice.

Jennifer Simon

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

Engage with other Business Leaders!

The Venice Leadership Class has allowed me to engage with other business leaders in the community. Even after living in Venice for many years, the level of insight into the community is incredible. I will be forever grateful for the relationships I have built and knowledge I have gained.

Kathleen Pace

Englewood Community Hospital