2019 Leadership Excellence Awards Winners Announced


Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) has announced the winners of the 2018 Leadership Excellence Awards (LEA). The awards recognize exceptional LPBC alumni who have made significant contributions to improve our community. There are four awards total; three LEAs are given to individuals in the private, public and non-profit sectors. The president of LPBC, which is currently Lisa Johnson, chooses a sole recipient for the President’s Award.

The winners are:

Private Sector sponsored by Gunster
Kimberly Lea, Keiser University

Nonprofit Sector sponsored by Quantum House
Kate Watt, Susan G. Komen Florida

Public Sector sponsored by Proffitt Management Solutions
Lt. Patricia Brown, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

The recipient of the President’s Award is Victoria Chouris, Vice President/COO of the South Florida Fair. 

“Since awarding Don Chester the first LEA in 2005, the Leadership Excellence Award serves to recognize LPBC graduates who go above and beyond for the betterment of their communities,” says Lisa Johnson, President of LPBC. “We now award four exceptional individuals who embody leadership qualities such as authenticity, dedication, compassion, and integrity. Recipients reflect LPBC’s core values: connect, collaborate and change.”

The awards will be presented at the Leadership Celebration on June 6 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. For more information on this event, visit leadershippbc.org/celebration. 


Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared more than 1,700 graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. Learn more about LPBC here: LeadershipPBC.org.