TUSTIN — Members of Osceola County gathered at the Kettunen Center in Tustin on Thursday to participate in one of nine classes geared to increase leadership in their communities and surrounding areas.

The Osceola Leadership Summit takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Thursday of the month from September to May in various locations around Osceola County. Open to all county citizens, the program seeks to build leadership skills and help businesses, organizations and community members connect on multiple levels to strengthen the county as a whole.

“It’s made to help people grow in self and team leadership skills by exploring the human and physical assets of Osceola County,” said Frontline Specialists Founder and CEO Al Weinberg.

He added the group assesses the valuable assets of the county such as nature, local art, music, and destination locations and brainstorms how to better utilize what is available.

Each monthly session revolves around a theme, including health care, education, social services, public safety, media and arts, government and commerce.

From the program, Weinberg said participants become additionally effective in their own community roles, can apply the knowledge they have gained to their own area and can open their minds to strategic planning and new ideas.

“We’re about improving the front lines of organizations,” Weinberg added. “We in Osceola County have got to work together.”

He said the Taste of Osceola event that took place earlier this month developed from the Osceola Leadership Summit, and more ideas will be created as time progresses.

This year, Weinberg said the group will be focusing on the local parks and green spaces, which should be a proud staple of the county.

As people work together and help each other, the county sees positive effects and becomes a unified front. The summit provides the medium to for the best knowledge to be shared.

The cost to participate in the Osceola Leadership Summit is $675. For more information or to apply for the 2013-2014 program, visit