Modeled after the Chamber's Leadership Tampa program, Collegiate Leadership inspires, educates, and engages a diverse group of emerging leaders as they transition from college to career.

Every college student knows that success after college takes more than just a high GPA. Finding that perfect job requires demonstrated leadership plus community connections. Collegiate Leadership provides students with an opportunity to engage with diverse, yet like-minded, student leaders from other area colleges and build additional credentials beyond their classroom and campus experiences.

The program recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership within their campus community, as well as academic success. As these students near degree completion, Collegiate Leadership helps introduce them to the many ways leadership takes shape outside the academic world. This program will teach them as much about the community as it will about themselves and will empower them to continue their leadership journeys.

Collegiate Leadership is an exciting opportunity for approximately 24 college students. Collegiate Leadership is a tuition-based, academic-year-long program (October - April) that prepares a diverse group of student leaders to have a positive impact on their future communities while they learn extensively about what makes Tampa Bay a favored place to live and work. Through experiential learning, students explore careers in the nonprofit, private, public, and philanthropic sectors, while developing leadership competencies for the 21st century. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to develop their professional lives and build a future as engaged Tampa Bay citizens through interactive and collaborative activities.

Program days will occur once a month on Fridays. During program days, participants will learn about various aspects of our community. Topics will be updated annually to reflect issues of importance at that time. During the program, participants take part in an opening session, six program days and a closing session graduation.

Collegiate Leadership is part of the Tampa Bay Chamber Foundation.

Nomination Process

Nomination Process


All candidates must complete the application to be considered. Each university will receive the list of candidates to verify if criteria has been met. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be notified. You will not be able to continue and be considered for the program.

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • meet Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing while attending the program and be enrolled at:
    • Saint Leo University;
    • The University of Tampa; or
    • University of South Florida College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, or Muma College of Business;
  • maintain full-time enrollment during the program;
  • be pursuing a bachelor’s degree;
  • be in good standing at their university; and
  • have demonstrated university and/or community leadership.


Candidate Interviews Feb. 1, 2022 – The University of Tampa
Feb. 2, 2022 – Saint Leo University
Feb. 4, 2022 – University of South Florida
Class Notification Mar. 2022
Official Class Announcement Apr. 2022
Term October – April
Program Fee 8 students per university will be selected. Fee to be paid by each university.



The Collegiate Leadership Program is an experiential program. Applicants must commit to full attendance at every session day:

  • Opening Session – Oct. 7, 2022
  • Program 1 – Oct. 21, 2022
  • Program 2 – Nov. 5, 2022
  • Program 3 – Dec. 2, 2022
  • Program 4 – Jan. 20, 2023
  • Program 5 – Feb. 17, 2023
  • Program 6 – Mar. 3, 2023
  • Closing Session – Apr. 14, 2023

Dates are subject to change.

All program days will run from 8:00am – 5:00 pm at various locations. All days will begin at the Tampa Bay Chamber. The Chamber will handle all transportation during the program day. However, students will be responsible for their own arrival at the Chamber to begin the day. Lunch will be provided by the Chamber.

Attendance at the Opening and Closing Sessions are mandatory. Attendance at all Program Days is expected. Those who miss more than one (1) program day will be dropped without a refund of tuition and university coordinators will be notified. Missing any portion of a program day is considered a full day absence. All absences require notification prior to the program date.


Collegiate Leadership graduates can expect to:

  • Identify and build their leadership style, strengths, and competencies
  • Develop the soft and professional skills needed to secure meaningful employment
  • Explore career pathways in private, nonprofit and public sectors
  • Access peer support, professional networks and circles of influence necessary to build their civic and professional lives in Tampa Bay
  • Broaden their perspectives and understanding of the industries and job opportunities in Tampa Bay
  • Live and work in Tampa Bay after graduation and serve as a community leader
  • Gain a greater understanding of community opportunities through interaction and collaboration with peers, leaders and decision makers from all segments of the community
  • Become a responsible leader committed to active community involvement