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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 1,000 individuals from over 350 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.

Businesses in Tampa Bay need to think regionally. There is not an easier nor more effective way to instantly get plugged into the pulse of Tampa Bay, than through Leadership Tampa Bay. This educational program is developed through creative, hands-on programming, and the networking elements will be beneficial- both professionally, and personally.
— Brian Richeson (’08, chair ’14) , Vice President of Sales & Service, Tampa Bay Rays
Leadership Tampa Bay has provided me with a continual and ongoing source of learning and exposure to both our business and social community in Tampa Bay. The areas that the LTB program touches are always eye-opening and educational, whether in arts and cultural affairs, tourism, law enforcement, social services, or any of the other key topic days that impact each and every one of us. The leadership program drives us but the enduring friendships keep us wanting to be involved and continue to serve our community. One of the best investments I have made!
— Nancy P. Newkirk (’13) Project Manager, Humana


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 $50 non-refundable processing fee is required with all applications. Once selected, payment is due by Friday, September 7. 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.

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