Leadership Maryland is one of the most successful as well as significant statewide leadership programs in the United States.

The steering committee that helped create Leadership Maryland first met in the fall of 1991. With the aid of considerable community and corporate support and donated talent and resources, Leadership Maryland was incorporated in September 1992, and obtained its 501(c)3 designation in February 1993.  At that time, the organization was an affiliate of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.  In 1997, Leadership Maryland became independent from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Class of 2003

Members of the Class of 1993

Leadership Maryland offers an intensive, issues-oriented, educational program based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. The program provides the equivalent of decades of experience in an eight-month learning and development process. 

Personal interviews, on-site visits, panel discussions, debates, and role-playing experience with real situations provide the insights and familiarity with the various community systems so necessary to community leadership.  Participants meet with Maryland's current decision-makers and explore, through a systematic educational program, the state's opportunities, needs, and resources. 

The class is exposed to the many social, environmental, and economic complexities of the state to stimulate inquiry, analysis, and the independent development of solutions for the public interest.  Key to the success of the program is diversity among its participants.  The program is aimed at seeking representation from a cross-section of the state to reflect diversity in professions, geography, ethnicity, age and gender.  It is this diversity that adds true meaning to the program.