- College of Medicine
The College of Medicine’s Director of Finance and Accounting, Steve Omli, received quite a surprise at the end of a recent Enterprise meeting where he was participating in budget discussions. Omli was recognized by Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean, for completing the Leadership Orlando community leadership program.
Omli was among the 86 graduates of the program’s Class 90 made up of professionals from diverse industries in the Central Florida community.
Sponsored by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the program aims to help professionals expand their scope and reach and increase their community exposure and awareness. Participants interact and learn from public, private and civic leaders across Central Florida during the eight-month program.
“I’ve been in Orlando since 2008, and I just felt like it was time for me to network outside of the people that I already knew and learn more about the community,” Omli said of his reason for enrolling in the program. “I ended up networking with other folks who I normally otherwise wouldn’t meet and people that I will maintain relationships with for the rest of my life.”
Omli and Leadership Orlando colleagues visited several business hubs, including the Space Coast, Medical City and the Amway Center, where participants interacted with athletes and coaches.
“I think the greatest takeaway is the people that I met, and the new friendships and professional relationships that I now have,” Omli said. “I also learned a lot about what’s going on in Central Florida and I feel like I got more connected to what’s going on economically.”
In recognizing Omli, Dr. German underscored the importance of networking and forging partnerships within the Central Florida community.
“As we train tomorrow’s healthcare leaders, it’s vital that we all take opportunities to learn, teach, grow and expand our community partnerships,” she noted. “That’s why I’m delighted Steve was selected for Leadership Orlando. We are all better able to serve our college and the community when we work and learn together.”