The Program

Today’s regional challenges require a new problem-solving capacity and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Through LTB, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region in which they live, work and play. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Tampa Bay region. The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, transportation, land use, economic and social trends.

Benefits of Membership

As the challenges and opportunities of the Tampa Bay region become more complex, there is an increasing need to develop regional leaders. Leadership Tampa Bay (LTB) is a comprehensive leadership program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues. LTB is designed to provide a unique learning experience for emerging and existing leaders through an intensive nine month program that trains, empowers and supports leaders so they can effect positive community change in the region.

Sign up Today

If you have a passion for regional progress, a commitment to the Tampa Bay community and want to take a leadership role in making the Tampa Bay area a better place to live and work, then Leadership Tampa Bay is for you.  Applications for Leadership Tampa Bay will be accepted from March to June each year.  If you would like to learn more about our program, please call our Executive Director, Alice Bessette at (813) 486-8917, or email Alice at



The application period for the 2018 Leadership Tampa Bay Class is now closed. 

If you are interested in applying for the 2019 Class, send your contact information to and you will be added to the list for recruitment events.

2018 Application