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Leadership Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization governed by an independent board of directors who live and work in various parts of the Tampa Bay region, inclusive of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. Funded through tuition and sponsorships, 100% of monies go toward programs for class members and the program’s 30 years of alumni.


Leadership Tampa Bay is a non-partisan, non-special interest, regional program with the goal of enhancing awareness, education and knowledge of major Tampa Bay regional issues through learning experiences and discussion.

Business marketing and continuing education dollars need to yield a measurable return on investment. Leadership Tampa Bay leverages your investment of time and money throughout the Tampa Bay region – many times over.

Leadership Tampa Bay delivers timely and relevant programs delving into the critical issues facing our area. Each class is a diverse group of business executives and community leaders who gain better understanding of regional challenges AND opportunities. Graduates emerge poised to seek and affect solutions and seize opportunities benefitting both the entire Tampa Bay community and your company.


Leadership Tampa Bay participants include upper managers of top corporations, local government leaders, entrepreneurs, community leaders and more—all dedicated to serving the Tampa Bay area.

Participants in Leadership Tampa Bay represent a cross-section of the region, both geographically and professionally. More than 1,200 individuals from over 450 businesses and organizations in the region have benefited from the leadership development experience of Leadership Tampa Bay. To learn more, call Leadership Tampa Bay Executive Director Alice Bessette at 813.486.8917.

Being a part of Leadership Tampa Bay has been an amazing experience. Through the program I have been be exposed to many of the region’s most pressing issues within our community, as well equipped to understand how we have a civic responsibility to create opportunities to empower change.
— John Mitchell (LTB’18), Public Affairs & Community Relations Manager, Coca Cola Florida
I can honestly say that the Leadership Tamp Bay class of 2017 was the Best professional experience of my life. I met the Greatest people and have enjoyed their friendships immensely. I highly recommend the program for those looking to grow personally and professionally.
— Darren “Kip” Kipnis (LTB’17), Vice President, Wealth Management Senior Financial Advisor Portfolio Advisor, Merrill Lynch


Tuition for each participant is $3,000 or $4,000, if you prefer a single-room and not share a room with a class member during the three overnight trips. A $75 non-refundable processing fee is required with all applications. Once selected, payment is due by Friday, September 13. Please call Alice Bessette, with any questions at 813.486.8917 or email

To graduate from Leadership Tampa Bay, participants are expected to attend all sessions (two excused absences are allowed). The opening retreat and closing retreat are mandatory to graduate. Participants with two unexcused absences will be dropped from the program without a refund of tuition.


Specific program days are focused on subjects spanning the Tampa Bay Region from 4 counties—Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk—and a wide variety of regional subjects such as Transportation, Health Care, Social Services, Law Enforcement, Ports, Arts, Tourism, and Sports. Programs are all-day sessions, unless otherwise noted.

LTB’2020 Proposed Class Schedule

June 14, 2019 Application Deadline
September 19, 2019 Kick-off Reception (Evening)
September 26 & 27, 2019 Opening Retreat (Mandatory - Overnight)
October 17, 2019 Social Services
October 30, 2019 HealthCare
November 14, 2019 Education
December 10, 2019 Holiday Party (Optional – Extra Charge) (Evening)
January 9, 2020 Arts
January 23, 2020 Pasco/Growth
Feb 12 & 13, 2020 Tallahassee Trip (Overnight)
March 5, 2020 Law Enforcement
March 26, 2020 Ports/Transportation
April 2, 2020 Polk/I-4 Corridor
April 16, 2020 Sports
May 7, 2020 Tourism
May 28 & 29, 2020 MacDill AFB & Closing Retreat (Mandatory) (Overnight)
June 11, 2020 Graduation & Annual Meeting

Please note dates and programs are subject to change
Programs are all day sessions unless otherwise noted.

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