Leadership Maryland, created in 1992, is an independent statewide leadership program to develop informed senior-level leaders. Our goal is to cultivate the interest, the statewide knowledge and the leadership capacities of Maryland’s leaders.
Each year, 50 accomplished and diverse leaders from around the state are selected by a group of their peers to participate in a stimulating and thought-provoking eight-month educational program. The program is intense; the results are rich and rewarding. Class members converge monthly, April through November, in five different regions of the state for a series of two-day sessions.
These sessions include programming on Maryland’s most current and vital issues, such as, education, economic development, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, agriculture, and multi-culturalism/diversity. At its core, Leadership Maryland is about the importance of leadership, differing opinions and perspectives, and relationships.
2014 Class Session Dates & Sample Agendas
March 10 (evening reception) - April 10 & 11 - May 15 & 16 - June 19 & 20 - July 24 & 25 - September 18 & 19 - October 23 & 24 - November 14 - December 2 (graduation)
April - Orientation – Eastern Region
The goal of the orientation session is to foster interpersonal relationships among the members of the class; to begin to build a team that can work together and draw on each other’s talents and resources when confronted with community problems; and, to provide a framework within which to understand the complexities of leadership.
2013 Orientation Retreat Agenda
May - Education Session – Southern Region
If we accept that education is the basis for a sound economy, what should students study and how do we know we are successful in teaching them? We are reminded that in Maryland, as in the nation, we have speakers of many languages. We celebrate the success of several outstanding schools, and cringe when we see the challenges of others. And, when we step outside the classroom, into the real world, we are reminded again about the many pieces of basic, necessary skills, knowledge, and information that we often take for granted.
2013 Education Session Agenda
June - Health and Human Services – Central Region
From the Maryland center for Veterans’ Education and Training to the Living Classrooms, the class explores the impact of budget cuts, welfare reform, urban blight and the heroic efforts to improve the lives of youth, adults, and the aged. Dealing with the underserved has been called “one of the state’s greatest challenges.” In some places, we see levels of success in dealing with human care issues; but we are confronted with our failures as well. The products of those failures are also humans who need care, and beyond care, to reform, to return again to a responsible position in our society, contributing to our society, contributing to our good, rather than exhausting our resources. Many of these failures become part of the criminal justice system.
2013 Health & Human Services Session Agenda
July - Criminal Justice – Western Region
In one of the most intellectually and emotionally challenging sessions, the class visits a maximum security prison. We have a chance to talk with convicts, to explore the issues related to the correction and prevention of criminal behavior. On the cutting edge, Maryland has tried new and courageous solutions. The session includes the Administrations’ perspective, leadership models and best practices.
2013 Criminal Justice Session Agenda
September - Environment – Eastern Region
Maryland’s unique quality of life is in part due to the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay. There must be a way to respond to the dilemma that requires us to choose between the economy and the environment. We spend a session cruising the wonderful waterways of the Eastern Shore with environmental experts. We learn about the poultry industry through visits to a chicken grower’s farm and a poultry processing facility. Leadership models and the perspectives of scientists, landowners, developers, bureaucrats, farmers, and watermen are considered as we review the environmental problems related to agriculture, development and sprawl.
2013 Environment Session Agenda
October - Multi-Culturalism & Diversity – Capital Region
We are a diverse class, we are Marylanders! We celebrate the traditions of diverse cultures and explore the challenges our diverse culture brings to immigrants, schools systems, businesses, and others.
2013 Multi-Culturalism & Diversity Session Agenda
November - Closing Retreat – Southern Maryland
Class members discuss their goals, independence, dependence, and interdependence. There is time for reflections on the year spent in the program and a call to action for leaders to take the next step in their lives to make a difference, personally and professionally, in their communities and for Maryland.
2012 Closing Retreat Agenda