Leadership Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization that educates, connects and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities. “These incredible honorees exemplify a commitment to improving Northeast Florida through their influential leadership and community engagement. We hope each of their diverse stories inspires others to step forward to elevate the community,” said Leadership Jacksonville CEO Jill Langford Dame.
Proceeds from Celebration 2022 support Youth Leadership Jacksonville – an annual program which brings together a diverse group of selected Northeast Florida high school sophmores with demonstrated leadership ability and prepares them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.
CELEBRATION 2022 HONOREES:
• Patrick (Pat) Geraghty, President and CEO, GuideWell and Florida Blue
Mr. Geraghty is the past chair of the Florida Council of 100, a member of the board of the National Institute of Health Care Management, the American Cancer Society, Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO). Within the Northeast Florida community, he currently serves on the board of MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, is past board chair of United Way of Northeast Florida, was honorary chair of the 2019 American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Jacksonville walk. Mr. Geraghty is an alumnus of New Leadership Summit 2013.
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• Julia (JuJu) Taylor, Community Volunteer
Mrs. Taylor is past Director of Community Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of North Florida; past State Director of Development, PACE Center for Girls, Inc; and past Director, Boutique and Agenda, Stein Mart, Inc. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Leadership Council; the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless Advisory Board, and is president of Weave Tales, Inc. Mrs. Taylor has also served as president of the Women’s Giving Alliance; Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc.; Barnabas, Inc; Junior League of Jacksonville, Inc. and the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial Circuit. She served as First Vice President of the Association of Junior Leagues International and on the national board of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. Mrs. Taylor is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville 1978.
• Leon Haley (posthumously), Former CEO, UF Health Jacksonville
Dr. Haley came to Jacksonville in 2017 after working at Emory University-Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He was hired as the Dean of the Medical School of the University of Florida Jacksonville and was soon appointed CEO of University of Florida Health Jacksonville. Dr. Haley served in many leadership/volunteer roles including serving as a board member of the JEA, JAX Chamber, Jacksonville Civic Council, the American Hospital Association Urban Sustainability, Florida Hospital Association, The Florida Safety Alliance, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Griffith Leadership Center at the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities. Dr. Haley was an alumnus of New Leadership Summit 2017.
Leadership Jacksonville was established in 1976 as a vehicle to stimulate growth of leadership in the Northeast Florida community. The mission of Leadership Jacksonville is to educate, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities. Leadership Jacksonville currently has four major programs: Leadership Jacksonville; New Leadership Summit; Youth Leadership Jacksonville; and Leadership Jacksonville Next Generation.