Leadership Pinellas

We are an issues-oriented learning program that promotes personal growth, leadership opportunities, interchange of ideas about our county, and enthusiasm for services to the community.

Leadership Pinellas Program

The program is launched with a Class Orientation Retreat. This overnight retreat challenges and motivates participants for the sessions during the next nine months.

The eight-hour day sessions examine:

  • Human Services
  • Government & Infrastructure
  • Business & Technology
  • Environment & Tourism
  • Education
  • Health
  • Arts & Culture
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Services

Program Details

Dates are typically the second Wednesday of September through May. A three-day trip to Tallahassee is scheduled in March or April during the legislative session to provide an up-front experience of our state government. Proposed program day dates and Tallahassee trip are confirmed each year prior to the first Recruitment Social.

Full attendance at the Orientation Retreat is required to participate in the class. One absence of a Program Day is allowed but additional missed classes must be made up the next year. It also will be the responsibility of the class to participate in a class project as well as a Ride Along with a law enforcement agency. The Ride Along is required regardless of a past ride along or if you are a member of law enforcement. In order to create a dynamic and interactive learning environment, the class size will be limited.

Tuition for Leadership Pinellas is $2,000, includes all costs associated with the program and is nonrefundable. A $25 nonrefundable application fee is due and payable at the time the application is submitted. Request for tuition assistance must be submitted with the application.

Our application period is now open!

“The people chosen are a diverse group of amazing folks in our community who want to do everything they can to make Pinellas County a better place to live and I wanted to be a part of that group.” -Katrina Trump