Joseline Hardrick, Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. the nonprofit behind Journey to Esquire®️was selected as a Class XI, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Fellow.
Here's a description of the program-
"The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to help a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers become better leaders. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to The Florida Bar to become Academy Fellows.
During their one-year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and experience, including attending The Florida Bar events and special educational programs. Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession, while enhancing their personal leadership skills."
The program is very selective and has produced many leaders in the Florida Bar. Launching the Academy was the brainchild of Eugene Pettis, the first African-American president of The Florida Bar (2013-2014). He started the program to increase diversity within the Florida Bar leadership.
Journey to Esquire® is dedicated to promoting diversity, creating access, and feeding the pipeline. DAP scholars and Friends of DAP post here.