Posted by: Laura Frost on Monday, February 14, 2022

Name: LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis
LT Class Year:  2018
Company Name: Fisher & Phillips LLP
Interviewed by: Laura Frost

  1. Tell us, why LTA?

LTA has been a rewarding opportunity to continue the Leadership Tampa journey I started on in 2018.  Through LTA, I have developed long-lasting friendships, learned more about the inner workings of the Tampa Bay business community, experienced new and exciting leadership opportunities, and poured back into the community through volunteerism. 

  1. For you, what separates LTA from other business leadership programs? 

 What separates LTA from other business leadership programs is that it has the right mix of professional development and camaraderie.  It cultivates the perfect environment for Leadership Tampa graduates to, all at once, gain deeper insights about the Tampa Bay business community, grow meaningful professional and personal relationships, and provide invaluable service to our overall local community (particularly our future leaders of tomorrow) by giving back.  It’s LTA’s secret sauce!

  1. Describe a time when the LTA experience impacted your life or career?

 If I had to think of just one LTA experience that has impacted my life, it would have to be serving as the Membership Committee Chair following onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In my role, I had the opportunity to work with a great group of people who demonstrated a true dedication to keeping members connected and supported as we watched many businesses (and individuals) experience business and personal loss as a result of the pandemic.  I believe I am a more attentive, empathetic, and intentional leader as a result of this experience.  

  1. What is a LTA benefit you wish everyone knew about? 

 It has to be the strength of the relationships.  LTA provides you more than just opportunities to network.  LTA offers multiple opportunities for business leaders from various industries, sectors, and professional/personal backgrounds to serve together, to work together, to laugh together. As a result, solid friendships, business partnerships, and other connections are inevitable. 

  1. Describe how the leadership journey will continue to shape you? 

I know that, because of LTA, I will be a more well-rounded, open-minded, and accountable leader based on my LTA experience.