ZooTampa at Lowry Park Leadership Experience

For experienced managers and emerging leaders


Immerse yourself in an intensive 3-day leadership skills training program provided in one of world's most unique leadership laboratory environments. ZooTampa at Lowry Park was voted Best Family Attraction in Tampa Magazine’s 2021 Best of South Tampa Awards and is a five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, including 2021-2022. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with over 1 million visitors annually, and has grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close wildlife connections and engaging seasonal events; earning numerous accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. By weaving six personalized tours in a biodiversity and conservation environment with time-tested leadership workshops your preparation as a corporate leader will become a fun, engaging and rewarding experience. Three months of post-course coaching and 36 PDUs from the Project Management Institute make this opportunity truly unique and a bona fide value.

Program Details

Each day starts in ZooTampa's Conservation Center with presentations and discussions on practical leadership concepts proven in military and corporate settings. Assignments from the night before will also be reviewed.

During our “Florida Wild Bear and Panther Chat” you will learn first-hand the power of understanding the instinctive needs of apex predators and keystone species — or 'animal leaders.' You'll gather a true sense of the value of the human element in the success of any team while observing ZooTampa at Lowry Parks conservation efforts.

While developing a written Personal Leadership Philosophy, we'll see how ZooTampa at Lowry Park provides direction and purpose via a "Partners in Preservation" full zoo tour. Each of the many facets of ZooTampa connect directly to a unified vision.

Finally and most importantly, participants will gather to share observations and insights. You'll begin to formulate how you will put these concepts into practice and build your personal action plan to improve your leadership skills and capabilities; ultimately contributing to your organization's success.

During our second day, we'll learn how ZooTampa genuinely collaborates, coexisting with wildlife concepts and integrating these ideas with zoo efforts in a unique "Living and Working Together Safari Wildlife VIP Tour”. Later in the afternoon, the "Macaw Flyover" will highlight the importance of setting expectations and how 'closing the loop,' allows breakthrough team performance.

On day three, a "Knowledge, Priorities, Action Under Duress" VIP tour will showcase little-known zoo High-Payoff Activities and reveal numerous important areas that are vital to the veterinary and animal nutrition centers. Finally, the "Rhino Feeding Encounter" will bring together how ZooTampa shares common purpose within the Species Survival Plan framework connecting other zoos and wildlife counterpart organizations and preventing endangered animal extinction.

Prior to completion of the course, you will have a chance to tie-up loose ends and prepare for future coaching opportunities that will commence after the program and continue for three months.

Evenings will afford time to experience the charm of Tampa Bay. A variety of restaurants near ZooTampa provide excellent dining experiences, including the historic Ybor City area.

Cancellation Policy

Transfers or substitutions can be made at any time prior to the start of the program and are subject to a $200 administration fee. Transferees will have a period of one year from the date Academy Leadership is notified to attend a subsequent program offering. After a one year period, tuition fees will be forfeited.

Cancellation notifications received at least 30 days prior to the program's starting date are subject to a $200 administrative fee.

Cancellation notifications received less than 30 days prior to the program start date will be charged 25% of the total program fee.

Course Credit

In addition to 36 PDUs from the Project Management Institute, attendees are eligible for 30 PDCs from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or 36 CPEs from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).