by Lindsay Petty, Leadership St. Pete Class of 2017 lindsay@pyperinc.com This year, Leadership St. Pete® (LSP), the second oldest program of its kind in the country, is selecting its 50th class. My personal experience with LSP began two years ago when one of my mentors encouraged me to apply. “You need to do this!” she emailed. Trusting her advice and yearning for a deeper connection to my community, I got to work. After I submitted my application for anonymous review and endured through the  interview process, I learned I was accepted to the Class of 2017. My first impression was what an impressive group of people I was surrounded by - the diversity spans industries, career stages, and corners of our community. These individuals are smart, eager, energetic, and involved. I had the privilege to make lifelong connections with people I may never have met otherwise. I was excited to learn more about my city, but I didn’t expect how challenged I would be. LSP provides multiple opportunities to be pushed beyond your comfort zone. As class members, we are responsible for crafting and moderating one of the community-based seminars, generally in a field we are not familiar with, while simultaneously raising
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