Leading The Way For Tomorrow

Since 1970, Leadership Tampa has introduced 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, just to name a few! These program days 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. Leadership Tampa is committed to having a diverse and dynamic class.

The Leadership Tampa year begins in Sep. 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. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.

Also see

  • LT Info Sessions – before applying for Leadership Tampa, we strongly encourage to attend one of these free sessions.
  • LT 20 Application – how to apply to Leadership Tampa.
  • LT Scholarships – financial assistance for attending Leadership Tampa.
  • LT 19 Class – see the current Leadership Tampa class.

LT '20 Proposed Calendar Schedule

Date* Action
Sep. 11, 2019 Kick Off, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Sep. 19-20, 2019 Opening Retreat
Sep. 21 - Oct. 22, 2019 HCSO & TPD Ride Alongs
Oct. 2, 2019 Program 1
Oct. 16, 2019 Program 2
Oct. 23, 2019 Program 3
Oct. 24 – Nov. 19, 2019 Teacher Shadowing
Nov. 6, 2019 Program 4
Nov. 20, 2019 Program 5
Dec. 11, 2019 Holiday Party, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Jan. 8, 2020 Program 6
Jan. 22, 2020 Program 7
Feb. 5, 2020 Program 8
Feb. 18 – 19, 2020 Tallahassee Retreat
Mar. 4, 2020 Program 9
Mar. 11, 2020 Program 10
Apr. 1, 2020 Program 11
Apr. 15, 2020 Program 12
Apr. 29, 2020 Program 13
May 6, 2020 Graduation, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
May 13, 2020 Breakfast Debrief, 8 – Noon

* Dates are subject to change.

Programs are all day sessions (7 AM - 5 PM), unless otherwise noted. Program topics will be confirmed prior to the class announcement.