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LSP Candidates must do business or live in the St. Petersburg area and be at least 22 years of age at the time of signing their application. They must have the full support of the organization, corporation or company they represent.

Application Process

Applications become available online at the end of the summer for the following year and is an online webform that must be submitted electronically by the due date.

Applications are reviewed through a completely blind process by the selection committee. Please note that there is no ability to save answers to the application. Therefore, it is recommended that the questions be reviewed in advanced (click Apply below) and worked on in a document before copying and pasting final answers into the form for submission. Candidates must complete the form in its entirety and submit it in the same session.

Applications for the LSP Class of 2023 are now closed.

About LSP

As one of the oldest leadership programs in America and a division of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership St. Pete® seeks to identify, recruit and develop leaders who represent the diversity of our local community. Through a dynamic, intensive, interactive, six-month experience, Leadership St. Pete is customized to provide a curriculum that enhances community acumen to develop the future leaders who will assume roles in the Chamber and other community organizations.

LSP challenges its class members to view issues in our community, state, and nation as opportunities. Through class interaction and discussions with community leaders, LSP stimulates creative thinking, and, ultimately, community leaders emerge with new resources and knowledge to face their everyday challenges.

Leadership Development

LSP includes three leadership development events: Opening Retreat, Mid-year Retreat, and Closing Retreat. Provided by the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute, class members receive high-quality, assessment-based leadership development designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their full potential. Participants enjoy high energy, team building activities with immediate personal and professional insights to bring back to their organizations.

What Can You Expect From LSP?

LSP challenges you to look at the problems and decision-making processes in our community, state and nation. You can expect a lot of interaction among class members and face-to-face contact with community leaders that will stimulate creative thinking and help identify ways class members can become more involved in our community. Each participant will assist in planning a seminar in collaboration with your fellow team members. Additionally, throughout the program you will be collaborating with others on a large class project that benefits a local nonprofit organization, always culminating in at least one full day of work.

Participant Information

Participants in the program are referred to as “class members.” LSP class members are selected by the Planning Committee from candidates who submit a written application and participate in a face-to-face interview process.

What is the Timeline for a Typical LSP Class Year?

The LSP Planning Committee spends six months (July – December) securing sponsorships and determining the overall content and goals of the seminars which occur between December and June.

Applications for the upcoming LSP class year have traditionally been made available at the end of August, with a deadline to submit completed applications by the end of September. Interviews then take place in November with the final class members selected by the end of November. The new class is introduced to the LSP Alumni Association at the December Holiday Social. Seminars run from December through May. The planning process for the next year then begins in July.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

You must do business or live in the St. Petersburg area and be at least 22 years of age at the time of signing your application. Nominees must have the full support of the organization, corporation or company they represent.

Seminar Curriculum

LSP’s curriculum is updated annually to remain relevant, with survey data collected and compiled throughout the year to continually improve each year’s seminars. You can count on a program that covers the most important facets of our great city with seminar programming that is engaging, interactive, and timely. Examples of seminars include: Unique St. Pete, Diversity, Healthcare, Education, State Government, Local Government, and St. Pete Culture.

Class Project

Each class gives back to our community through The Class Project, a civic-engagement, physical facility improvement project that is completed during the term of the program. A typical Class Project requires the class to create awareness, fundraise, and work hands-on at the nonprofit’s site to rehab a location in need of some tender loving care. It’s up to the class to organize roles and figure out how to accomplish this task!

Since 1970, each Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) Class has graduated leaving footprints in our community through their annual class project. Each class is tasked with identifying a local nonprofit organization in need of a few helping hands in order to reach their goals.

Through LSP’s annual project, each class works together to organize, plan, market, fundraise, and put in the physical labor needed to make the effort a success.

The most recent classes have exceeded their goals by fundraising more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

LSP is proud to be supported and enthusiastically motivated by several of St. Pete’s community leaders, year after year. The class leverages this support to create what many like to call the “legacy project.”

Nonprofits must meet the following criteria to apply to be the 2023 Class Project beneficiary:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a public school, or a division of a governmental entity
  • Located and serving people who live in the Pinellas County metropolitan area. Historically, preference has been given to projects located in the City of St. Petersburg boundaries and/or have a significant impact on the City of St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce member in good standing or be willing to become a Chamber member as part of the project requirements
  • Fiscally sound, as demonstrated by required paperwork
  • Continuous operation for a minimum of three (3) years; the recipient must own or have a long-term lease arrangement on the project site.
  • Have a specific project need that fits Class Project criteria, and provide a clear project description, including a detailed scope and basic budget.

Leadership St. Pete Class Project Video

The Planning Committee

LSP is a volunteer run program of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. LSP leadership is comprised of an Executive Committee (EC) and a Planning Committee (PC). Applications for the 2023 Planning Committee are now closed.

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Class Project | Nonprofit Info Sessions Via Zoom

If you are a registered 501(c)(3) organization and would like to learn more about the LSP Class Project, register for an upcoming information session via Zoom to learn more about the RFP and selection process.

  • 10/19 RFP Application Deadline

Once registered, you will receive an email from with the Zoom link prior to the session.

If you have questions, please contact the 2023 Class Project Chair, Lynne Stamey.

2023 Program Schedule


LSPAA Holiday Social: December, 15 2022       

Orientation Dinner: December 14, 2022

Opening Retreat (1-1⁄2 night stay): January 13-14, 2023

Seminar 1: January 24, 2023 1-5 PM

Seminar 2: February 9, 2023 1-5 PM

Seminar 3: February 21, 2023 1-5 PM

Seminar 4:  March 7, 2023 1-5 PM

Mid-Year Retreat: March 24, 2023 Full Day

Seminar 5 : April 5, 2023 1-5 PM

Seminar 6 State Government Seminar (2 nights, 3 days): April 17-19, 2023

Seminar 7: May 2, 2023 1-5 PM

Class Project Day: May 13, 2023

Closing Retreat: May 19, 2023 Full Day

Graduation: June 1, 2023

Apply to be the 2023 Class Project Beneficiary

Click here to submit your application as the 2023 Class Project Beneficiary. The deadline to apply is October 19.

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