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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Councilwoman Watkins Brown Graduates from Florida League of Cities Leadership Class

Teresa Watkins-Brown

TAMPA, FL (March 15, 2017) –The Florida League of Cities, Inc. (FLC) is pleased to announce that Fort Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown has graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials’ (IEMO) III: The Leadership Challenge. 

Councilwoman Watkins Brown represents the City’s Ward 1. She was elected to Fort Myers City Council in 2009.

IEMO III is the third class in the FLC’s multi-level training course for municipal officials. Developed in 2013, the leadership-based course is now offered annually by the League’s training division, FLC University.

Open to graduates of the IEMO and the IEMO Advanced Institute, the IEMO III program revolves around participants’ ability to connect and work effectively with others.  Through skills assessments, case studies, and guest speakers, municipal officers develop leadership skills to promote the collegial nature of city councils and city commissions.  The two-day course is facilitated by FLC Director of Leadership Development & Education Scott Paine, Ph.D.

In a collaborative environment where challenges and best practices are shared, new IEMO III graduates have access to new tools for addressing leadership challenges and solutions to local problems.

“I like the quote by Henry Ford that says, ‘Anyone who stops learning is old.  Whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” states Councilwoman Watkins Brown.  “In order for me to continue to be the best in representing my constituents and the City of Fort Myers I must keep learning and applying the knowledge to create better economic, livable environments for those I serve.”

 “I commend these officials for completing IEMO III.  Leadership is a skill that can always be built upon and improved,” said Boca Raton Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Susan Haynie.  “The League is very proud of this program offered through the FLC University.  Florida’s cities are fortunate to have dedicated, committed officials who continue their learning through programs like the IEMO courses.  I encourage each of these new graduates to share their knowledge and expertise with their municipal colleagues, as well as their citizens.”

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments.  Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities.  Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens.  The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.  For more information, visit

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