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

General Application Information

Applications for the Class of 2019 are currently closed. See more information about applying for Leadership Tampa.

LT '19 Proposed Calendar Schedule

Date* Action
September 12, 2018 Kick Off, 6 PM - 8 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 20, 2019 Program 9
March 6, 2019 Program 10
March 19-20, 2019 Program 11
April 2-3, 2019 Tallahassee Retreat
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.

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