Tallahassee Day
Leadership Tampa Bay

February 27, 2024

Written by: Nikki Bennett, MBA, SHRM-CP,
Senior Director of Business Development & Management

The Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2024 has shown up with an eagerness to learn and take in every class day, and the two-day trip to Tallahassee to visit the state Capitol was no exception. After a short trip that provided valuable quality time for our class to better get to know one another, Leadership Tampa Bay’s class of 2024 dove straight into touring the Florida Supreme Court and meeting with Justice Charles Canady. After a brief overview of policies and Canady’s background (read: his road map to the Florida Supreme Court), our class ventured over the Capitol building for our Legislative program.

During the Legislative program, our class met with a variety of representatives from the Tampa Bay area: Representative Jennifer Canaday, Representative Danny Alvarez from District 69, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, Seth Mckeel, from The Southern Group, Representative Lawrence McClure, District 68, and Spectrum News Political correspondent, Jason Delgado. The afternoon discussions were filled with commentary regarding issues that each representative felt were of high priority affecting the Tampa Bay region and surrounding counties, as well as robust Q&A sessions from our class.

The first day in the Capitol was capped off by a delicious dinner at the Edison Tallahassee, and a little political campaigning of our own, with nominated individuals kicking off their own ‘campaign’ speeches for the class to enjoy as each ran for their respective class leadership seats. The exhausting, yet incredible day, closed with a few nightcaps, tons of laughs, and memories made for a lifetime.

The Leadership class began day two of the Capitol visit meeting with Adrienne Johnston, from CareerSource Florida, Representative Fentrice Driskell, from District 67, then enjoyed a brief walk back over to the Capitol building to meet with Melanie Griffin, from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations, and Representative Lindsay Cross, from District 60.

Our speakers all offered insight and perspective as to how their personal journey landed them in the Capitol, what it meant to each of them to serve the State and their districts, and the importance of leaders getting to know their representatives, as well as building foundational relationships with them, so that the Tampa Bay area has the best representation it can get.

There are so many takeaways and memories from this trip, and our class cannot express our gratitude enough for everyone that worked hard to put this day on, as well as took time out of their day to speak and educate our leadership group.


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.






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