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United Way Stein Fellowship now accepting applications for Class of 2024

May 23, 2023

This is the first class of the dual-mentorship program since the pandemic


United Way of Northeast Florida’s Stein Fellowship is now accepting applications for its Class of 2024. This is the first class after a hiatus of the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All young professionals ages 21 to 40 living in Northeast Florida are welcome to apply. The application is open through midnight, Friday, June 9. Interested individuals can apply online at unitedwaynefl.org/stein-fellowship.

Founded by philanthropists David and Linda Stein, the Stein Fellowship is a year-long immersive leadership and mentorship experience. The fellowship develops high-performing leaders who show a commitment to philanthropy, improving our community and growing professionally through mentorship.

“When David and I founded the Stein Fellowship in 2007, it was with the hope of building a multi-generational program of leadership and mentorship in Jacksonville,” said Linda Stein. “Now, 15 years later, we have done just that. Together, we are making a difference in our communities here in Northeast Florida, and we are improving the lives of others for generations to come. For that, we are incredibly proud.”

Participants learn from an established community leader and philanthropist – their United Way Tocqueville Society mentor – as well as positively shape the life of a student by serving as a youth mentor. Stein Fellows also participate in professional development, personal growth, networking and social engagements.

“United Way believes community-centric leadership development is a critical strategy for the long-term stability and continued success of Northeast Florida and the communities within,” said Melanie Patz, president and CEO of United Way of Northeast Florida. “We are thrilled to bring back this wonderful experience for young professionals this year and continue to carry on Linda and David’s legacy of leadership for future generations.”

A dozen Tocqueville Society mentors, listed below, have already confirmed their participation in the program, with more to be announced soon. United Way’s Tocqueville’s Society consists of the region’s top philanthropists who give more than $10,000 annually to United Way.

  • Robin Abbott, CFO, United Way of Northeast Florida
  • Carl Bailey, community volunteer
  • Henry Brown, CEO, Miller Electric
  • Nathaniel Ford, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Pat Geraghty, President and CEO, Florida Blue
  • Chris Hazelip, Attorney, Rogers Towers, PA
  • Mike Herman, SVP and General Counsel, Regency Centers
  • Connie Hodges, Retired, United Way of Northeast Florida
  • Patty Keenan, Chief Talent Officer, Miller Electric
  • Dr. Michael Mayo, President and CEO, Baptist Health
  • Richard Sisisky, President, The Shircliff & Sisisky Co.
  • Diana Sorfleet, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, CSX


To request an interview with a United Way staff, fellowship alumni or a Tocqueville Society mentor, contact Sarah Henderson, director of marketing and communications at United Way of Northeast Florida, at 904-390-3226 or sarahh@nulluwnefl.org. To learn more about the Stein Fellowship, including what’s needed to apply, visit unitedwaynefl.org/stein-fellowship.