Southwest Florida Leadership Institute

Lead With Purpose

Welcome to the Southwest Florida Leadership Institute.

Founded in 2021, the Southwest Florida Leadership Institute (SFLI) at Florida Gulf Coast University serves as a source for training and programs, best practices, research, and other business leadership competencies for the Southwest Florida region and beyond.

We work with current and future leaders of all levels from C-suite executives and senior management to front-line supervisors and aspiring leaders. We offer a variety of learning methodologies and formats to cater to individuals, small teams, or large corporate groups in person or virtual.

Our programs support all experience levels from the most novice leaders just getting their feet wet to those with advanced skillsets looking for more situationally rigorous interactive sessions. You can take advantage of any combination of our resources, take micro-learning courses, earn skills badges, engage one of our coaches or consultants, or allow us to personalize a learning path curated for your audience.

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Our competitive advantage is our team of Ph.D.'s.

Not only do these professionals have experience teaching in higher education, but they are also published academic scholars and authorities in their respective areas of expertise. That’s not all! They are involved in the community through participation on BOD’s, they are running successful consulting businesses, and have many years of experience.

Meet Our TEAMExternal Advisory Board

Clients Leading the Way

Our Goals
  • Strengthen community engagement by offering leadership-focused initiatives in the community.
  • Engage students in leadership-focused learning activities that will serve to develop future business leaders.
  • Facilitate quality research, service and professional development activities for business faculty.
  • Build resources and systems for self-supporting operations and grow to be a revenue generating entity.
Our Expertise
  • Executive Coaching
  • Talent Management
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Work / Family Issues
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Employee Engagement / Burnout
  • Additional Management / Leadership Topics available

We offer customized training and development workshops, sessions, and courses.

Our team of experts can address a variety of leadership and business topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Authentic leadership
  • Change management
  • Constructive conflict
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Employee engagement
  • Ethical leadership
  • Strategic leadership
  • Talent management (TM)
  • Team effectiveness
  • Women in business

CONNECT WITH USfor more information about our customized training options.

Hire an expert to come onsite and collaborate with you to evaluate your business and identify opportunities to improve its effectiveness.

Perhaps an area of your business is suffering, or maybe you want to optimize your success by making positive results better. We use proven strategies and models to identify opportunities and recommend the best interventions. We then take you and your company or group through the planned change process incorporating feedback loops to ensure the intended results are achieved.

CONNECT WITH USfor more information about our consulting services.

Our professional coaches will support you or your team as an advisor, sounding board, strategist, and guide. We offer support for a variety of circumstances, one-time or ongoing.

Maybe you need topical support to get you through an event (ie. an interview for a senior management position), you are a CEO wanting a confidential sounding board, or you struggle with time management and need a coach to advise you. Let our experts help you reach your full potential.

CONNECT WITH USfor more information about our coaching services.

Curious about the benefits of coaching? Check out this TED talk clip.

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Have you ever wanted to participate in Research Initiatives and Data Collection that are the basis for new thought, theories, studies, and statistical analyses providing empirical evidence that allows academics and researchers to add to the body of some knowledge pool?

If your organization is interested in participating in survey research that is being conducted by FGCU faculty for the purpose of publication in academic journals, then pleaseCONNECT WITH US

Meet Our Team



Meagan Baskin, Ph.D.


Lead Trainers


Joe Leah, Ph.D.


Joe Liu, Ph.D.


Ashley Mandeville, Ph.D.


Jennifer Manegold, Ph.D.


Jase Ramsey, Ph.D.


Gerald Schoenfeld, Ph.D.


Saleh Bajaba, D.B.A.


Affiliate Trainers


Amir Borges Ferreira Neto, Ph.D.


Lesley Clack, ScD, CPH


Matthew Leon, Ph.D.


Kristen Musselman


Chrissann Ruehle, DBA


Stephanie Torrico, MBA


We’re Here to Answer Your Questions.

Southwest Florida Leadership Institute

Lutgert Hall
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

(239) 590-7443