By Kerry O’Reilly
What are you most proud of from your time as chair of Leadership Tampa?
The overall success of the program this year was thanks to the hard work of many people. A few groups who deserve special recognition include: Our sponsors who continue to believe in the program, our day chairs and their committees who were dedicated to trying new things and building on last year’s program days, the Tampa Chamber team that made it easy, and mostly, my LT ’16 class members who from day one jumped in with both feet and truly “allowed themselves to be interested” through listening, participating and asking the tough questions. It’s because of this leadership participation in every aspect that makes Leadership Tampa the best leadership program ever!
Were there any surprises along the way that you can share?
Yes. What I learned about my community seeing it through the leadership eyes of LT ’16.
If you could’ve done something different what would it have been?
More time/days to cover more aspects of each day. However, I know that’s not realistic.
How do you plan to stay involved with LT in the future?
Currently, I am part of the LT ’17 Selection Process, and, if there is an opportunity to be a part of a committee for any of the LT ’17 days.
Any words of wisdom for someone considering taking a leadership role in the program?
Just do it! Yes, it’s a lot of time and a big commitment. You will have to totally trust that your “supporting cast” won’t miss a beat while you are fully engaged in this program. It’s the only way you will be able to enjoy your leadership role.
You served as a leader in several classes and participated in one too. Can you settle the debate once and for all: Which class is actually “The Best Class Ever…”?
Doesn’t the best class ever have the best Chair ever?!
After more than 30 years in the business world, Stephanie followed her heart down a new path as a commercial artist. You can view her work on Facebook at Aggie – The Art of Expression.
Kerry O’Reilly, Leadership Tampa ’15, is the Marketing Director for the Tampa Bay Times and Politifact.