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 include law enforcement, education, social services, the environment, economic development, transportation, the military, public policy and the arts.  These program days, organized by alumni and Chamber members, challenge members to see their community as they never have before. 
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. 
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 Leadership Development Retreat. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.
The goal of Leadership Tampa is to allow its members to develop an authentic connection to the Greater Tampa area and to foster a commitment to the continuous improvement of the city for future growth and economic prosperity. Tampa’s leaders leave the program with a newfound sense of belonging and a team of like-minded peers with which to influence positive change.

Application Criteria

  • Candidates must work for an organization that is a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce member.
  • Candidates must live or work in Tampa.
  • 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 in March hosted by our Leadership Tampa Alumni to meet graduates and learn more about the program.
  • We strongly encourage attendance at one of our four free Leadership Tampa Information Sessions held in April. 
  • As a part of the application process, applicants will be contacted for a personal interview. Interviews will be held in June.
  • All applicants will be notified by the end of July.
  • Our Kickoff event is held in early September to give the class an opportunity to meet each other as well as program day sponsors, selection committee members and program day chairs.

Financial Commitment

  • Tuition: 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 www.tampachamber.com 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 mwilliams@tampachamber.com.

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.