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Leadership Tampa Bay

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Leadership Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization governed by an independent Board of Directors who live and work in various parts of the Tampa Bay region, inclusive of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. Funded through tuition and sponsorships, 100% of the monies go toward programs for the class members and the operation of the organization.


Tuition for the class for each participant is $4,000 which includes double occupancy for the three overnight trips. If you prefer to not to share a room with a class member during the three overnight trips, tuition will increase to $5,500 for single room occupancy. A $125 non-refundable processing fee is required with all applications.

If selected for the class, tuition is due by Friday, September 6, 2024. Please contact Alice Bessette, with any questions at (813) 486-8917 or email at

To graduate from Leadership Tampa Bay, participants are expected to attend all program days (two excused absences are allowed). Attendance at the opening and closing retreats are mandatory to graduate. Participants with more than two absences will be dropped from the program without a refund of tuition.

Application deadline for the Class of 2025 is Friday, April 26, 2024.


Specific program days are focused on subjects spanning the Tampa Bay Region from four counties—Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk—and a wide variety of regional subjects such as Transportation, Health Care, Social Services, Law Enforcement, Ports, Arts, Tourism, and Sports. Programs are all-day sessions, unless otherwise noted.

Tentative 2024-2025 Class Program Days (This schedule is still being finalized and is subject to change.)

Thursday, September 5, 2024 6 pm – 9 pm Kick-Off Reception (Mandatory – Evening)
Thursday, September 19, 2024 8 am – 10 pm Opening Retreat (Mandatory Overnight)
Friday, September 20, 2024 8 am – 12 pm Opening Retreat (Mandatory Overnight)
Thursday, October 3, 2024 8 am – 5 pm Polk County Day
Thursday, October 17, 2024 8 am – 5 pm Healthcare Day
Thursday, November 7, 2024 8 am – 5 pm Arts Day
Thursday, November 21, 2024 8 am – 5 pm Social Services Day
Thursday, December 5, 2024 6 pm – 9 pm Holiday Party (Optional Event with Fee)
Thursday, January 9, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Pasco County Day
Thursday, January 23, 2025 8 am – 5 pm MacDill Day
Thursday, February 6, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Education Day
Thursday, February 20, 2025 8 am – 5 pm First Responders Day
Thursday, March 6, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Tourism Day
Wednesday, April 2, 2025 7 am – 8 pm Tallahassee (Overnight)
Thursday, April 3, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Tallahassee (Overnight)
Wednesday, April 16, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Sports Day
Thursday, May 1, 2025 8 am – 5 pm Ports & Transportation Day
Thursday, May 15, 2025 8 am – 10 pm Tech Day & Closing Retreat (Mandatory Overnight)
Friday, May 16, 2025 8 am – 12 pm Tech Day & Closing Retreat (Mandatory Overnight)
Thursday, May 29, 2025 6 pm – 9 pm Class of 2025 Graduation & Annual Meeting

2024-2025 Leadership Tampa Bay Online Application Form

Leadership Tampa Bay Mission: To engage members with community leaders and businesses to enhance our members knowledge of regional assets and issues.

Ideal Leadership Tampa Bay candidates are individuals who demonstrate:

  • Diversity of ethnicity, age, industry and experiences;
  • Preferred experience: an individual who holds administrative or supervisory authority in a business or organization and includes C-Suite (CEO, COO, etc.), Vice President, and Director positions, and well-established entrepreneurs and business owners.
  • Commitment and motivation to serve the Tampa Bay area;
  • Policy-shaping and catalytic responsibility or a position of leadership within their organization; and
  • Commitment to volunteerism, resulting in significant influence on important issues facing the community.


The Leadership Tampa Bay class year begins in September and runs through May. Each year, the Board of Directors organizes 11 class days that focus on regional issues and opportunities. The agenda for each day consists of panel discussions with business civic and government leaders, questions and answer sessions, and facility tours. In addition, each class member participates in both an opening and closing retreat and a two-day Tallahassee Trip.






Post Office Box 1315
Tampa, FL 33601


Executive Director
(813) 486-8917