LSP is a dynamic, intensive, interactive, six-month experience designed to promote and enhance community leadership through an in-depth introduction to social, economic, business and political issues in the St. Petersburg area. The LSP program is among the oldest Leadership programs in the United States.
LSP works to identify, recruit and develop leaders who represent the diversity of our community and who will assume future leadership roles in the Chamber and other community organizations.
Volunteer Leadership Structure
LSP is a volunteer run program of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. LSP leadership is comprised of an Executive Committee and a Planning Committee.
The six members of the Executive Committee are comprised of the current Chair, Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair of LSP, the LSP Alumni Association President, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and a representative from the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.
To serve on the LSP Planning Committee, candidates submit a written application which is reviewed by the Executive Committee. Those selected to serve must be both active LSP Alumni Association members and active Chamber of Commerce members.
The LSP Planning Committee spends six months (July – December) securing sponsorships and determining the overall content and goals of the educational seminars which occur between January and June, with a graduation ceremony held in June.
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.
Each class member, in collaboration with other class members and mentors from the Planning Committee, will be assigned to a team that finalizes the educational content of their seminar which was started by the Planning Committee. Additionally, throughout the program class members will be collaborating together on a large project that benefits a local nonprofit organization, always culminating in at least one full day of work.