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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.