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Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Foundation

201 North Franklin Street
Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33602
USA

813-276-9445

MaryBeth Williams, Senior Director, Leadership Programs
813-276-9445

Mission

To serve our members and enhance our community by building business success.

Description

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce began as the Tampa Board of Trade in 1885 and was reorganized in 1928 to become the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. We were formed to advance the general business conditions of this area, backed by the support of a growing agricultural and industrial industry base that would branch out to become one of the most diverse economies in the nation. Through our strong volunteer leadership and unique partnership with the cities, county and our own members, the Chamber has had an enormous impact on the Tampa business community for more than 125 years. Today, we are an accredited organization recognized by business, government, education and community leaders. The Chamber is here to carry the banner for the business community, a responsibility we take seriously. We have a renewed commitment to advocacy - to be a business minded voice on public policy issues essential to your success, a healthy economy and an improved quality of life for all. We support the community’s small businesses by offering a wide-array of educational programs designed to foster growth among this key piece of our regional economy. But the true power of any group lies in the success of its individual members. That’s why the Chamber sponsors programs and events to help members expand their circle of contacts and provides valuable information and services to give them a competitive edge. The Chamber was built around the belief in responsibility for the greater good of the community at large. Today, we still share that commitment. We work hard to ensure that this is a community we can be proud of. A place where we can be successful in our business endeavors, and where we are comfortable raising our families. The Chamber, chaired this year by Ronald A. Christaldi of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, is committed to doing all we can, to ensure that our community continues to be that kind of place. By joining with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, you gain the power to enable your own business to succeed and, at the same time, you enrich the economy and lifestyle of our entire community.

Programs

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay

Target Audience: Young Professional
Average Size: Not Applicable
Tuition: Less than $500

Emerge Tampa Bay is a young professional leadership program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce designed for emerging leaders ages 21 to 35. Stemming from an initiative to recruit and retain talent in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, the Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the idea in 2003 and Emerge Tampa Bay was launched in May 2004. Emerge Tampa Bay works to impact the business community across the region by providing professional development, networking, and community outreach opportunities for young professionals, as well as impacting public policy affecting the Tampa Bay business community. With the vision of becoming the premier young professional program in the country, Emerge Tampa Bay’s mission is to support, cultivate and attract emerging leaders, ages 21 to 35, by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities, and community partnerships in an effort to enhance the Greater Tampa Area.

Insight Tampa

Target Audience: Executive
Average Size: Less than 20
Tuition: Free

Insight Tampa is a Leadership Program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Foundation that will provide a forum to C-Suite individuals to connect, discuss and explore the issues and concerns that affect business in the Tampa Bay Area. The participants are CEO’s, Presidents or comparable level executives who have been recently promoted or located to the Tampa/Hillsborough County market.

Leadership Tampa

Target Audience: Executive
Average Size: 40 - 50
Tuition: $3500 - $5000

Since 1971, Leadership Tampa has been introducing its class members to major facets of the greater Tampa community through an intensive nine-month course. Founded by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa’s members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders. Topics including law enforcement, education, social services, the environment, economic development and the arts – to name a few – challenge members to see their community as they never have before. Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for each of the approximately 50 seats available in each class. The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and concludes in May. Members meet every other week for briefings, tours, seminars and hands-on learning. In addition, the class participates in an Opening Retreat and a Leadership Development Retreat in March. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.

Leadership Tampa Alumni

Target Audience: Alumni
Average Size: Not Applicable
Tuition: Less than $500

Leadership Tampa Alumni extends the Leadership Tampa experience by fostering professional relationships, offering unique educational programs and promoting leadership to grow business and build community. When you entered Leadership Tampa, you learned about the Tampa/Hillsborough County community: its strengths, its challenges, its government, its organizations and its people. When you graduate to Leadership Tampa Alumni, you join those who have gone before and after you. You broaden your community and business perspective to a level enabling you to turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes. This group makes things happen. Joining Leadership Tampa Alumni grants you immediate access to 550 (and growing) influential professionals equally talented and committed to leading our community to greatness. Add to that the diverse networking, educational and one-of-a-kind experience programs that will keep you tuned into the issues that influence our area and keep you connected with community leaders.

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