Jill McSpadden

Prida, Guida & Company, P.A.

Emerge has given me many opportunities to develop professionally. I have met some wonderful people and feel more connected to the community.

David Loos

Beaux-Arts Group

Emerge is a great first step for making your mark and making a difference.

Jasmine Riber

Bank of America

Emerge offers more than just engaging networking events. It provides resources and growth opportunities to help keep you relevant and effective within Tampa Bay.
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Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Hyde Park District Lunch-In
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery
1611 W. Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Downtown Tampa Lunch-In
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Join us for an opportunity to enjoy lunch and network with other members of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay. Feel free to invite a friend who wants to learn more!
Lunch-Ins are capped at 10 guests.
Professional Development Speaker Series III
Engaging Young Professionals in the Political Process
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Tampa Old City Hall
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
Engage with former and current Tampa-area elected officials to learn about how and why to become involved in the political process as a campaign volunteer or manager, an advocate or a future candidate!


New Member Orientation
Thursday, September 7, 2017
5:30pm – 7:00pm
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
201 North Franklin Street, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33602
Are you new to Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay and are looking for your niche?
Have friends that are thinking about joining and want to learn more?
Register for the New Member Orientation to hear from representatives from the Emerging Leaders leadership team and learn about membership benefits, committees and other opportunities.

One of the best ways to engage in Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay and foster both personal and professional growth is to lead the program or a committee. The Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Leadership Team is responsible for the recruitment, retention and engagement of its membership base, the planning of networking and Signature Events, the organization of monthly committee meetings and the guidance and development of the organization’s young professional members.
Applications are being accepted now on the  Emerging Leaders website for Chair and Co-Chair of the Professional Development, Community Outreach and Public Policy Committees as well as the Vice Chair of the Emerging Leaders program.

Dress for Success Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:30am – 12:00pm
1505 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
If you are interested in volunteering at Dress for Success with the Community Outreach Committee, please plan to attend the volunteer orientation and complete the provided
Volunteer Application.


Out with fellow Emerging Leaders and want to show us the wonderful time you’re having? Enjoying a networking or signature event hosted by the Chamber or ELTB? Tag @emergingleadersoftampabay in your Facebook posts so that we can like and share!

Emerging Leaders has new Membership Rates!
Reduced membership rates are now in effect and new members have the opportunity to enroll for the entire 2017 – 2018 calendar years for only $125 for Chamber members and $150 for non-Chamber members!
Please note that no Committee Meetings or Chamber Events will be taking place during the month of July. All programming will resume during the month of August
Public Policy  
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6 PM - 7 PM
Membership Monday, August 14, 2017
6 PM - 7 PM
Professional Development  
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6 PM - 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Currence of Energy Leadership Development System presents Dynamic Communication & Productivity
Community Outreach  
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
6 PM - 7 PM
Please note date change due to Labor Day holiday
All committee meetings are held at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce office located at 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201. Since the main building gets locked at the street level in the evenings, it is best to enter the building from the 3rd floor of the Ft. Brooke Parking Garage.  Follow the bridge over to City Center and the Chamber offices are the first door on your right.
Not everyone is able to attend committee meetings, so we are now allowing members the option to sign up to receive all the committees' minutes from the month. Members who sign up will receive an email at the end of the month that includes the minutes from all four committees.
Education Connection Signature Event
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
7:30am – 9:30am
 The University Club of Tampa
201 North Franklin Street, 38th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
“Hire” Education does not always mean college. How do we fill the gap in the skilled work force?


Congratulations to Andrew Smith who passed his Level II CFA Exam and to Logan Kanai who passed his ERM 57B!
The Chamber is excited to announce that several of its members have received nominations for the Best of the Bay! Congratulations to the following members, many of whom are current and former Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Members:
Jessica Muroff, Chuck Sykes and Tim Marks for Best CEO
Lucielle Solomon for best Instagrammer and Best Blogger
Mike Griffin, Bob Buckhorn and Lauren Ibey as Best Mover & Shaker
Lauren Ibey, Mike Griffin, Tammy Charles, Aakash Patel and Raechel Canipe for Best Local Networker
Melanie Griffin for Best Local Activist
Melanie & Mike Griffin for Best Local Couple
Bob Buckhorn, Lauren Ibey and Melanie Griffin for Best Local Citizen
Please also recognize Lucielle Solomon for her entrepreneurial venture and leap into self-employment as she builds her own social media management company!
Do you know an Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay member who has received an award, reached a milestone, started a new position? Tell us about it so we can share the good news! Email Emerge@TampaChamber.com with any exciting updates!
Operation Partnership – Part II
Civilian Career Day –  August 18 – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Emerging Leaders is looking for volunteers who will allow military participants the opportunity to shadow them at their workplace. This is your opportunity to help transitioning service members relate their occupations to the civilian sector.  
If you are interested in volunteering for the Civilian Career Day at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on August 18, 2017, please email emerge@tampachamber.com by July 31st.

Competitive Edge Series
Entrepreneurship and Risk: Planning for Success – and Failure
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
11:45am – 1:30pm
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33602
Ø  Learn how to define success
Ø  How to plan for failure
Ø  How to develop “Coup d’ Oeil” or intuition

2017 Public Policy Roundtable: Cannabiz
How Medical Marijuana Affects Your Business
Friday, August 25, 2017
7:30am – 9:00am
University Club of Tampa
201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800
Tampa, FL 33602

Did you know that you could be missing out on savings when purchasing your office supplies? As a member, you qualify for participation in the National Chamber Program offering deep discounts, 15-40% savings, on essential supplies.
Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay is a young professional leadership program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce designed for emerging leaders ages 21 to 35. Stemming from an initiative to recruit and retain talent in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, the Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the idea in 2003, Emerge Tampa Bay was launched in May 2004, and the name was changed to Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay in December 2016. 
Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay works to impact the business community across the region by providing professional development, networking, and community outreach opportunities for young professionals, as well as impacting public policy affecting the Tampa Bay business community. 
With the vision of becoming the premier young professional program in the country, Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay’s mission is to support, cultivate and attract emerging leaders, ages 21 to 35, by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities, and community partnerships in an effort to enhance Greater Tampa Bay.