Eddie Stephens, William Foman and Cory Strolla have been tapped to co-chair Leadership Palm Beach County’s Grow Program. Leadership Grow enables High School Juniors to understand the critical issues facing Palm Beach County while encouraging them to expand their leadership roles and build a foundation for always being involved in their community.
Stephens, Foman and Strolla will lead students through a nine month program where they will gain real-life experience by having unparalleled access to leaders from businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations. Leadership Grow class members meet one day a month, from September to May.
Only 48 high school juniors who represent the diversity of Palm Beach County’s school system are accepted. By completing the program, students graduate into a thriving group of alumni who are better prepared for the world ahead of them with the skills to influence the future direction of Palm Beach County and our nation as a whole. The program is free to the students. Schools are encouraged to nominate student’s in their Sophomore year to participate in the Leadership Grow Program in their Junior Year. Nominations are due by the first week of September of student’s Junior year, however the program usually fills before the deadline. The program accepts 48 high school Juniors and fills on a first come first serve basis. Students who are interested in being nominated should contact their school Principal to find out the faculty person in charge of nominating for the program.
LEADERSHIP PALM BEACH COUNTY (LPBC) . Leadership Palm Beach County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. Since 1983, the organization has delivered quality leadership programs that prepare high-achieving professionals, as well as well-engaged high schools students, to unite as leaders to build a better community.
Eddie Stephens is a board certified attorney in Family and Marital Law and a trained Collaborative Law attorney. After starting his career as an attorney for the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, Stephens has developed a successful family law practice focused on highly disputed divorces. Stephens is also a popular and engaging motivational speaker and is involved with a number of charitable endeavors. He has been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over 10 years, is also involved with Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Palm Beach County’s largest no-kill dog rescue, and most recently graduated from the Leadership Palm Beach County program and served on its Board of Governors. Stephens earned his J.D. at Stetson University College of Law.
William “Bill” Foman is an Insurance Defense Attorney at Williams, Leininger, and Cosby, PA. Bill began his legal career at the Office of The State Attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida. After leaving the prosecutor’s office he has focused his career on civil litigation. He has been a scout leader with Cub Scouts of America, served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Center for Child Counseling. Mr. Foman has been married to his wife Dena for 17 years and the couple have 4 boys. Bill and his wife Dena Foman are both graduates of Leadership Palm Beach County.
Cory Strolla is a former prosecutor and division chief for Palm Beach County, and has been an established and prominent criminal defense attorney, Strolla Law since 2001. Mr. Strolla has been nominated and inducted into several National and Regional attorney award publications, and has been previously published by the Florida Bar, “Masters of DUI” seminar. Mr. Strolla also volunteered as a Youth Court Judge for the PBSO juvenile diversion program.