LT 19 Information Sessions

The selection process to join Leadership Tampa is rigorous and competitive for approximately 50 seats available in each class. We encourage you to attend one of our four, free Leadership Tampa Information Sessions held in April to find out how to be a successful Leadership Tampa candidate, while learning about the history and benefits of the program.

Tue., Apr. 3, 2018

3:30 – 5pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Thu., Apr. 12, 2018

10:30am – noon

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Mon., Apr. 16, 2018

8 – 9:30am

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

5 – 6:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Leading The Way For Tomorrow

Since 1970, Leadership Tampa has been introducing its class members to major facets of the greater Tampa community through an intensive nine-month course. Founded by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa’s members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders. Topics including law enforcement, education, social services, the environment, economic development and the arts – to name a few – challenge members to see their community as they never have before. To enhance the program day experience, class members are required to participate in a law enforcement ride-a-long as well as a teacher shadowing day.

Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for the 50 seats available in each class. Leadership Tampa is committed to having a diverse and dynamic class.

The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and concludes in May. Members meet every other week for briefings, tours, seminars and hands-on learning. In addition, the class participates in an Opening Retreat and a Tallahassee Retreat in April. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.

Application Criteria

  • Application to Leadership Tampa is only open to Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce members.
  • You must live or work in Tampa to apply.
  • Candidates must have the full support of the organization, corporation or company they represent, which includes time and financial requirements.
  • Only one candidate per company/organization may apply.
  • In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee looks for potential participants who demonstrate:
    • Commitment and motivation to serve the Tampa Bay area
    • Policy-shaping and catalytic responsibility or a position of leadership within their organization
    • Commitment to volunteerism, resulting in significant influence on important issues facing the community
    • Diversity of ethnicity, age, industry and experiences
    • Ability to commit to the time and dates required by the program


We invite you to attend our Spring Fling LT’19 Recruitment Social on March 22, 2018 hosted by our Leadership Tampa Alumni committee where you can meet some graduates and learn more about the program.

Applications for the Class of 2019 will be available online on March 30, 2018. Applications are due by 5pm on May 4, 2018.

As a part of the application process, applicants will be contacted for a personal interview. Interviews will be held June 4-8, 2018.

All applicants will be notified by the end of July.

Financial Commitment


Tuition is based on single or double accommodations for the two overnight retreats.  Full tuition payment is due in August.

Processing Fee

A non-refundable processing fee of $100 is required with all applications and must be submitted online via on the events calendar. The processing fee is payable via credit card only. Please note that your company must be a Chamber member to apply.

Financial assistance

Limited scholarship opportunities exist.  If you are interested in tuition assistance, please email your request prior to the application deadline to MaryBeth Williams, Senior Director, Leadership Programs at

LT '19 Proposed Calendar Schedule

Date* Action
September 12, 2018 Kick Off, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
September 21-22, 2018 Opening Retreat
September 22 - October 9, 2018 HCSO & TPD Ride Alongs
September 26, 2018 Program 1
October 10, 2018 Program 2
October 10 – November 6, 2018 Teacher Shadowing
October 24, 2018 Program 3
November 7, 2018 Program 4
November 28, 2018 Program 5
December 12, 2018 Holiday Party, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
January 9, 2019 Program 6
January 23, 2019 Program 7
February 6, 2019 Program 8
February 19-20, 2019 Tallahassee
March 6, 2019 Program 9
March 20, 2019 Program 10
April 3, 2019 Program 11
April 17, 2019 Program 12
May 1, 2019 Graduation, 5:30 – 8 PM
May 8, 2019 Breakfast Debrief, 8 – 11 AM

* Dates are subject to change.

Congratulations to the Leadership Tampa Class of 2018

Jolyon Acosta, Bush Ross, P.A.

Chris Adkins, Tampa Marriott Waterside

Josh Adkins, Moffitt Cancer Center

Robbie Artz, Tampa Bay Rays

Lee Behensky, The Florida Aquarium

Heather Brock, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Nick Buchanan, Keller Williams

Ernest Coney, Jr., Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc.

Adam DePiro, Visit Tampa Bay

Emily Farkas, MacDill Airforce Base

Craig Federer, Raymond James Financial

Rachel Feinman, Hill Ward Henderson, P.A.

David Ferreira, Warren Averett

Nikki Foster, Mosaic

Jessica Fugate, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Christine Glover, City of Tampa

Kari Goetz, Tampa International Airport

Leslene Gordon, Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County

Lindsay Grinstead, Tonic Consulting Group

Sarah Ham, AACSB International

Dale Hoffman, Hillsborough County Tax Collector

David Judd, III, Wehr Constructors, Inc.

LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis, Johnson Jackson, LLC

David Loos, Beaux-Arts Group

Jennifer LaRocco, GrayRobinson, P.A.

Leah Millette, BayCare

Katie Molloy, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Adrienne Morgan, Sparxoo

Linda Olson, Tampa Bay WaVE, Inc.

Sara Palmer, USAmeriBank

Dustin Pasteur, IV, Tampa General Hospital

Stacey Pittman, Bank of Tampa

Kevin Preast, Tampa Bay Lightning

Randy Prescott, KCI Technologies, Inc.

Ryan Reynolds, Cushman & Wakefield

Natalie Roberts, Flagship Law, PLLC

Kay Schwartz, USAA

Matthew Serynek, RS&H, Inc.

Eric Stewart, Synovus Bank

Rolfe Thompson, GTE Financial

Susan Thompson, CS&L CPAs

Charles Tiernan, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Marshall Tucker, TECO

Alberto Vazquez, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Elias Vazquez, City of Tampa Police Department

Virginia Veit, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Caroline Vostrejs, The Beck Group

Jennifer Whelihan, Hillsborough County Economic Development

Kiana Wilson, A Sharper U, LLC

Jennifer Yeagley, Community Tampa Bay

Class Sponsors



This year's class was supported in part by scholarship funding provided by Leadership Tampa Alumni, Parke Wright IV, and the family of Dr. Ike Tribble.