Help The Florida Bar's young leaders while helping Upchurch Watson White & Max get 50 new Likes/Follows

Beginning today, Upchurch Watson White & Max will contribute $5 to the The Florida Bar Leadership Academy for each new Like on the mediation group's Facebook page ( and each new Follow on its LinkedIn page (, up to 200 new Likes or Follows.

Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group supports The Florida Bar's initiatives to develop future leaders. Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group supports The Florida Bar's initiatives to develop future leaders.

The Leadership Academy is a new initiative that is training 59 “fellows” this year for future leadership roles within the legal profession. The program’s goal is to reach out to lawyers across the state, offering resources and helping them acquire skills to become leaders not only in the legal profession but also in their communities.

New Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis has said he seeks to leave a legacy of leaders for The Florida Bar and Florida. “I believe the demand will be great and the experience will be priceless,” Pettis said of the academy.

"The six meetings that form the framework for the academy will each begin at noon on a Friday and run until noon Saturday with various speakers and topics, such as learning to work with different workplace personalities; balancing personal, volunteer and work life; motivating others and delegating; conducting effective meetings; effective leadership styles; and public speaking," the academy's Webpage says.

The academy offers its fellows a chance to network with past and present Bar leaders, including presidents and Board of Governors members. Fellows are expected to choose two Bar sections, divisions or committees for their involvement following graduation at the Bar's convention in Orlando in June 2014.

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