Published On: Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

Annual Leadership Awards Brunch with Congressman Ted Deutch


Where will our future leaders come from? Is the toxic political landscape causing our students and young leaders to eschew committing themselves to public service? The New Leaders Council Palm Beach is committed to developing the skill sets necessary to create the next generation of leaders for Palm Beach County.

The mission of NLC Palm Beach is to recruit, train, and promote our next generation PBC leaders. The inaugural NLC Palm Beach chapter was founded in August of 2014. In its first quarter, the NLC Palm Beach executive board recruited and selected a diverse bipartisan class of young professionals with a wide range of interests, passions, and expertise.

To build those essential skills, NLC Palm Beach seeks out candidates for its NLC Institute, a leading training program for young professionals. NLC equips its Fellows with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch businesses, create starts ups and network with thought leaders.  The NLC Institute is an intensive, six-month progressive entrepreneurship training program.

Applicants are typically entrepreneurial young professionals, typically 25-35, from diverse backgrounds and industries, with strong progressive values and leadership aptitude, who will apply NLC’s trainings in their careers and lives. The 2019 NLC Institute will begin in January 2019.

The NLC Fellows are successful in their industries, risk-takers, and progressive advocates. Fellows commit to one weekend per month for five months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management.

To find out more on the Institute go to:

Applications to participate in the Institute are due before 3PM on Monday October 1, 2018.

The application fee is $30. After the application fee is paid, applicants will receive information on how to complete the written portion.

NLC strives to provide access to programming to individuals regardless of their financial situation.  Therefore, they provide a limited number of application fee waivers to those whom the fee will create a financial hardship. The deadline for application fee waiver requests is September 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact

At this year’s luncheon the Council presented awards to Ricky Aiken (Rising Star); Greenacres Mayor, Joel Flores (Rising Star); Adriana Gonzalez (Advocate of the Year); and Congressman Ted Deutch (Legislator of the Year).

The graduating Fellows, recognized at the luncheon, were a diverse group of individuals ready to take their place supporting candidates sharing their values or, in many cases, stepping forward to become a candidate for public office.

Meet the 2018 Palm Beach Fellows

Alexandria Ayala, Community Engagement Director, FL Democratic Party


LaToya Benjamin. Pharmacist


Giselle Bodden

Brown Management Consulting / American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)


Eric Bruns

President / Captain / Member Representative, Voice for Veterans / US Army Reserve / NFIB


Ashley Cacicedo, Election Specialist, PBC Supervisor of Elections


Kasey Lewis, Legislative Assistant, FL Representative Matt Willhite


Rob Long, Loss Prevention Engineer, AIG


Alex Newell Taylor, Executive Director, Summer Festival of the Arts


Debbie Origho Manigat, Program Spec, Children’s Services Council of PBC


Geraldine Pierre, Community Health Educator,

Planned Parenthood of North, East, South Florida


Brieana Salter, Community Health Educator,

Planned Parenthood of North, East, South Florida


Justine Scott, Regional Director, For Our Future


Thomas Valeo, District Aide, FL Representative Matt Willhite







About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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