Since 1970, Leadership Tampa has introduced its class members to major facets of the Tampa Bay community through an intensive professional development course to challenge members to see their community as they never have before.

Founded by the Tampa Bay Chamber, Leadership Tampa’s members meet every other week in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa Bay. Topics include first responders, education, tourism, military, economic development, and the arts, just to name a few! In addition, the class participates in an Opening Retreat and a Tallahassee Retreat. 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 an Partner With A Hero program, as well as a teacher shadowing day.

Tampa Bay needs a group of diverse established business community leaders now more than ever. There are numerous opportunities for individuals with strong beliefs and a desire to make a difference to lean in. Our community needs individuals who can come together and help set the stage for our shared future.

Leadership Tampa is part of the Tampa Bay Chamber Foundation.

Oldest Leadership Program in the US

Application Criteria

  • Your organization must be a Tampa Bay Chamber member.
  • You must live or work in the Tampa Bay area to apply.
  • Preferred average work experience 20 years.
  • Candidates must have the full support of the organization, corporation, or company they represent, which includes time and financial requirements.
  • Only one candidate per company/organization may apply.
  • All applicants will be required to attend a personal interview.

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Tuition cost is $5,000 and limited scholarship opportunities are available. The scholarship application must be completed at the same time as your Leadership Tampa application.

Processing Fee

A non-refundable processing fee of $125 is required with all applications and must be submitted with the application. The processing fee is payable via credit card only.


Applications for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2023 are no longer being accepted. Applications for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2024 will be available March 2023.

Leadership Qualities

The Selection Committee looks for potential participants who demonstrate:

  • Commitment and motivation to serve the Tampa Bay area;
  • Policy-shaping and catalytic responsibility or a position of leadership within their organization;
  • Commitment to volunteerism, resulting in significant influence on important issues facing the community;
  • Diversity of ethnicity, age, industry and experiences; and
  • Ability to commit to the time and dates required by the program.

Info Sessions

The selection process to join Leadership Tampa is rigorous and competitive for the limited seats available in each class. We encourage you to attend one of the Leadership Tampa Information Sessions to find out how to be a successful Leadership Tampa candidate, while learning about the history and benefits of the program.

LT '23 Schedule

Aug. 24, 2022 Kick Off, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Sep. 15-16, 2022 Opening Retreat
Sep. 28, 2022 Program 1
Oct. 12, 2022 Program 2
Oct. 26, 2022 Program 3
Nov. 9, 2022 Program 4
Nov. 30, 2022 Program 5
Dec. 7, 2022 Holiday Party, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Jan. 11, 2023 Program 6
Jan. 25, 2023 Program 7
Feb. 8, 2023 Program 8
Feb. 22, 2023 Program 9
Mar. 8, 2023 Program 10
Mar. 22-23, 2023 Tallahassee Retreat
Apr. 5, 2023 Program 11
Apr. 19, 2023 Program 12
May 3, 2023 Program 13
May 17, 2023 Graduation, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
May 24, 2023 Breakfast Debrief, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jun. 14, 2023 Covid Make Up Days
Jun. 28, 2023 Covid Make Up Days

Dates are subject to change. Programs are all day sessions (7:00 AM – 5:00 PM), unless otherwise noted. Program topics will be confirmed prior to the class announcement.