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Leadership NEXT May Program

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leadership NEXT will host its next program on May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in in Fort Myers. Dave Acevedo and Lydia Black, leaders in Southwest Florida’s arts and cultural community, will speak on their individual and business passions, as well as the new SoCo Cultural District and the SoCo Second Saturday events created to artistically enrich Fort Myers by establishing a cultural hub south of Colonial Blvd.

Acevedo is considered one of the region’s most prominent artists. He is the owner of DAAS CO-OP Gallery and a co-founder of the popular Fort Myers Art Walk in 2008. Since 2013, Acevedo has been the contributing arts editor for TOTI Media Inc., and in 2016, he was recognized for his community efforts and embracing cultural diversity as a FACE Award winner presented by Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines.

Serving as CEO of Alliance for the Arts, Black believes the arts are essential to the quality of life and economic prosperity in Lee County. With a master’s degree in nonprofit management and undergraduate degrees in political science and communications, Black is an integral part of the area’s growing cultural community. She is an active community volunteer, member of Rotary Club of Fort Myers, and has received numerous recognitions including Gulfshore Life’s Women of the Year, The News-Press’ Trailblazer of the Year, and among Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40.

Following the presentation by the speakers, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre will offer backstage tours of the theatre and a special gift for all attendees.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre will also provide libations and light hors d’oeuvres as the program’s host and Networking Sponsor. The May 9 program is free to attend for members of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and $10 for non-members. All guests are encouraged to register in advance at


May 9
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33907-1015 United States


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