Through leadership opportunities, professional development and education programs, networking events and more, Emerging Leaders provides numerous ways for young professionals to get involved in the organization and throughout the community. The Emerging Leaders Leadership Team is made up of a Program Chair and Program Vice Chair as well as Chairs and Vice Chairs of our three focus areas:Catalyst, Inclusion and Hub for Business – designed to amplify the professional development of our members while also focusing our community efforts and the Chamber's 2026 Vision Plan.

Members of the Emerging Leaders Leadership Team serve for one year and must re-apply the following year. Applications for the next leadership team will come out in August. One of the best ways to get plugged in is to join one of Emerging Leaders’ core groups to amplify your professional development opportunities.

Catalyst Group

The mission of the Catalyst Group is to cultivate awareness for Emerging Leaders members and encourage them to have a voice on issues and policies affecting greater Tampa Bay.

2022 Meetings

The Catalyst Group meets the second Monday of every month, unless otherwise published in the Monday Newsletter. Jan. 18
Feb. 14
Mar. 14
Apr. 11
May 9
Jun. 13
Aug. 8
Sep. 19
Oct. 10
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Inclusion Group

The mission of the Inclusion Group is to connect Emerging Leaders members with opportunities for community involvement in Greater Tampa Bay and provide educational opportunities about local community organizations.

The Inclusion Group works on:

  • Nonprofit Leadership Center Board Governance Series which gives members an exclusive rate to learn just what it takes to serve on a nonprofit board.
  • The Nonprofit Fair which connects Emerging Leaders to volunteer, on-site learning and board opportunities within community nonprofits.

2022 Meetings

The Inclusion Group meets the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise published in the Monday Newsletter. Jan. 10
Feb. 7
Mar. 17
Apr. 4
May 2
Jun. 6
Aug. 1
Sept. 12
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Hub For Business Group

The mission of the Hub for Business Group is to grow leadership development opportunities that help enrich the lives of Emerging Leaders members. The Hub for Business Group works on the Mentor | Protégé Program. This exclusive mentoring program aims to develop long-term mutually beneficial relationships between experienced business leaders and motivated young professionals. Protégés will graduate from the program with an action plan to assist them in achieving personal success.

2022 Meetings

The Hub for Business Group meets the third Monday of every month, unless otherwise published in the Monday Newsletter. Jan. 24
Mar. 21
Apr. 18
May 16
Jun. 20
Aug. 15
Sep. 26
Oct. 17

All meetings are from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. We will offer both in person and virtual attendance at our 2021 meetings. Registration will be required.

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Engagement Committee

The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Engagement Committee is to offer member to member contact that enhances retention efforts. The committee organizes and attends Emerging Leaders events such as New Member Orientation, Group Meetings, Engage Series, Vision Series, and Empower Series. Additionally, the committee members conduct member check in calls, assist with event promotion, and member recruitment/retainment efforts. The Engagement Committee connects with members to tailor their experience to what each individual member wants to gain from the program. Committee members are a resource to the general Emerging Leaders membership.

Interested in being a part of the Engagement Committee? Contact Jill Teeter, Director, Leadership Programs.

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Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Leadership

Past Chairs

  • Adam Myers – 2021
  • Eric Ortiz – 2020
  • Raechel Canipe – 2019
  • Andrew W. Smith – 2018
  • Jeff Chernoff – 2017
  • Jennifer Lawson – 2016
  • Erin Elsner – 2015
  • Brian Seel – 2013-14
  • Andrew M. Smith – 2012
  • Carissa Caricato & Ryan Freking – 2010-11
  • Michael Blasco – 2009
  • Candace Cusseaux – 2008
  • Mark Colvenbach & Nicole Levin – 2006-07
  • Jessica Muroff & Michael Griffin – 2004-05

Staff Contact

Jill Teeter – Director, Leadership Programs

Join A Group Today

One of the best benefits of Emerging Leaders is to get involved in one of our Groups. For the 2021 year, we are aligning our Groups with the Chamber Vision Plan in an effort to further propel the vision and enhance the greater Tampa area.

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