Leadership Tampa Application

Applications for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2021 will open on Aug. 28 and close Oct. 2, 2020.

Applicants must adhere to program rules of conduct and attendance requirements included in the application.

Attendance at the Opening Retreat and Tallahassee Retreat is mandatory.

Attendance at all sessions is expected.

Those who fail to attend the Opening Retreat and the Tallahassee Retreat or miss more than two (2) program days will be dropped without refund of tuition and sponsors will be notified.

Missing a program day requires notification prior to the program date. Missing any portion of a program day will be considered the same as missing a full day.

Participants are required to use the transportation method provided by the Tampa Bay Chamber.

Application Criteria

  • Application to Leadership Tampa is only open to Tampa Bay Chamber members. To join, please contact Rosanne Versaggi, Director, Membership.
  • Your organization must be a Tampa Bay Chamber member.
  • You must live or work in Tampa Bay area to apply.
  • If selected to be in the class, you must pay tuition on or before Dec. 2, 2020
  • Candidates must have the full support of the organization, corporation or company they represent, which includes time and financial requirements.
  • Only one candidate per company/organization may apply.
  • All applicants will be required to attend a personal interview.
  • In reviewing applications, the Selection Committee looks for potential participants who demonstrate:
    • Commitment and motivation to serve the Tampa Bay area;
    • Policy-shaping and catalytic responsibility or a position of leadership within their organization;
    • Commitment to volunteerism, resulting in significant influence on important issues facing the community;
    • Diversity of ethnicity, age, industry and experiences; and
    • Ability to commit to the time and dates required by the program.

Financial Commitment


Tuition is based on single or double accommodations for the two overnight retreats. If selected to be in the class, you must pay tuition on or before Dec. 2, 2020

  • $4,750* – Shares a double-room with another class member during the two overnight trips.
  • $5,000* – Single-room during the two overnight trips.

* Rate is subject to change.

Processing Fee

A non-refundable processing fee of $100 is required with all applications and must be submitted online. The processing fee is payable via credit card only. Please note that your company must be a Chamber member to apply.

Financial assistance

Limited scholarship opportunities exist. You may only apply for a scholarship once you have applied for Leadership Tampa.

For questions about tuition assistance, please contact Michelle Ciudad Real, Senior Director, Leadership Programs.