Throughout its history in the Fort Myers, Florida, area, the Uncommon Friends Foundation has become known as a leader in business ethics and character development. In 2008, the foundation launched its Legacy Speaker Series, designed to bring together individuals who embody the mission and vision of the Uncommon Friends Foundation.
The first Legacy Speaker Series welcomed renowned news anchor Tom Brokaw to southwest Florida to educate, motivate, and inspire. Since then, the series has included a broad range of guests who demonstrate characteristics such as exemplary leadership to be emulated by youth, a spirit of adventure, and a desire to improve quality of life. In the same vein, Legacy Speakers have often dedicated themselves to the advancement of fields such as visual and performing arts, business and industry, and science and technology. In recent years, the Legacy Speaker Series has included speakers such as broadcaster Walter Cronkite, former congressman and CIA director Porter Goss, and authors Reeve Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.