Posted by: Leadership Tampa Alumni on Monday, December 6, 2021


Name: Cynthia Gandee Zinober 
LT Class Year: 2001 
Company Name: Henry Plant Museum 
Interviewed by: Laura Frost and Melody Mars

  1. Tell us, why LTA? 

I wanted to learn more about both Tampa’s businesses and cultural organizations, as well as to become acquainted with leaders in those areas. I also was eager to know the history and growth of those institutions. 

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

In my opinion, Leadership Tampa has set a standard for all other similar programs. 

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

There is a deep camaraderie with other members of LTA and to this day, I can pick up the phone and call any person in the LTA directory and know that my call will be taken and support and information will be given freely. I use LTA as a principal support group. 

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

I particularly valued those behind the scenes visits that gave me a deep understanding of the mission and the challenges that all organizations face. Our visit to MacDill AFB and a refueling flight off the coast of South Carolina in a KC 135 Strat tanker is a memory that will be with me forever. 

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

An important element of leadership is the role to mentor younger members of the community. I have made an effort to be available to potential future leaders and my office door is always open. 

It’s that time of year, and I am delighted to share that December 1-23, we are thrilled to celebrate the 40th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. After all these years it is still Tampa’s most popular holiday tradition. It was just honored with the 2021 Urban Excellence People’s Choice Award by the Downtown Partnership. Room designs will include favorites from past years and creative new interpretations of the holidays with antique ornaments, toys and vintage fashions. Live music every weekend and complimentary hot cider and cookies on the veranda….come join us and celebrate this wonderful holiday tradition!