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Important Message Regarding the Class of '20, March 25, 2020.
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Leadership Maryland distributes a monthly electronic newsletter - eNews - to its members and other interested parties by email. It contains news about our events, members, the current class, the program, and job announcements. In addition, Leadership Maryland publishes its Annual Yearbook & Directory that is distributed to our members as a benefit.  A complimentary copy is also distributed to all nominees each year.

An archive is available for both eNews and our former series on Leadership Maryland in The Gazette within this section.  If you have ideas for topics or news, please share them with President & CEO Renee Winsky '05 at

We are working with our members to find unique and special stories about their Leadership Maryland experiences and how their new relationships - and expanded network - are helping them find the strength within themselves and their communities.

Lucie Hughes '17, Hugh Grunden '03, Steve Ochse '18, David Fike '17 and Mike Hiner '17, along with Talbot County Sherriff Joe Gamble, are featured in "Talbot Goes Purple: Taking a Stand Against Opioid Abuse. Leadership Maryland alumni contribute significantly to influential community awareness program." Click here to read this amazing story.

Eileen Straughan '05 and Charles Alexander '05 recently collaborated on an exciting project "Conversation Turned Collaboration: '05 Classmates Join Forces to Create a Green Workspace". Click here to read their story.

Kelly Robertson-Slagle '18 has a special story and she shared it with us in "MLW and Leadership Maryland: A Pathway to a Life of Leadership." Click here to read her story.

We had the chance to speak with Kimberly L. "Kim" Coble '04, Jason W. Israel '14 and Elizabeth B. "Betsy" Pakenas '14 for the article "All in the Family: Parents and Kids find Inspiration and Self-Realization in State Leadeship Programs." Find your inspiration and read here.

As part of the summer of 2017 Maryland Leadership Workshop Senior High Workshop, one group of delegates paired up with the Maryland Humanities Council (Phoebe Stein '10) on a special “Reality” project. Click here to read about their great work.

Dion Banks '12 found Leadership Maryland to be his inspiration to make a difference and change his hometown. "Driven By Passion and Purpose: How a Leadership Maryland Alum is Changing the Perception of Maryland's Eastern Shore" details Dion's passion and purpose. Read more here.

Brian M. Lazarchick '14 met Tim Delehanty, Facilities Supervisor with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland College Park, when the Class visited MFRI. They discovered they had a mutual interest in the challenges presented to firefighters when dealing with solar panels. Read more here. We pitched the story to the Maryland Independent and they wrote this story.

Charlotte L. Davis '14 and Dr. David G. Esworthy '14 collaborated to improve agri-business education for Frederick County High School students. Read more here.

W. Thomas Mears '13 and Richard J. Hunt, Jr. '13 found inspiration and opportunity through their Leadership Maryland connection.
Read more here

Janice Liggins '10
took her expereience at Leadership Maryland to a whole new level. Read more here.

Check back soon to read more stories!

RECENT NEWS (See Our 25th Anniversary Archived News Below)

April 22, 2020 - Maryland Leadership Workshops Cancels Summer 2020 Programs Due to Coronavirus Concerns
April 1, 2020 - Leadership Maryland Announces 2020 Officers and DirectorsFebruary 11, 2020 - Leadership Maryland Announces Class of 2020
December 10, 2019 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2019 Graduates
October 15, 2019 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2020 Applications Due October 31
July 24, 2019 - Leadership Maryland Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020
March 14, 2019 - Leadership Maryland Announces 2019 Officers and Directors
January 30, 2019 - Leadership Maryland Welcomes BFG Financial Advisors as Platinum Sponsor
December 5, 2018 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2018 Graduates
October 10, 2018 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2019 Applications Due October 31, 2018
August 1, 2018 - Leadership Maryland Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2019
March 20, 2018 - Leadership Maryland Announces 2018 Officers and Directors
February 6, 2018 - Leadership Maryland Announces Class of 2018: 52 business and community leaders chosen to complete eight-month professional development program
January 22, 2018 - Registration Now Open for Maryland Leadership Workshops Summer 2018 Programs: UMBC is the new host for Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students
December 6, 2017 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2017 Graduates
November 1, 2017 - Leadership Maryland Announces 25th Anniversary Award Recipients
March 22, 2017 - Leadership Maryland Announces 2017 Officers and Directors
February 9, 2017 - Leadership Maryland Announced Class of 2017
January 24, 2017 - Leadership Maryland and Maryland Leadership Workshops Complete Merger
December 7, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2016 Graduates
October 26, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Welcomes APG Media of Chesapeake as Silver Sponsor
October 4, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2017 Applications Due October 31
July 20, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2017
March 21, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Announces 2016 Officers and Directors
February 17, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Welcomes BEACON at Salisbury University as Silver Sponsor
February 10, 2016 - Leadership Maryland Announces Class of 2016
December 9, 2015 - Leadership Maryland Class of 2015 Graduates (Class Roster)
October 5, 2015 - October 30 Deadline for Leadership Maryland Class of 2016 Applications Approaches
July 27, 2015 - Leadership Maryland Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2016
February 23, 2015 - Leadership Maryland Announces Class of 2015
July 16, 2014 - Leadership Maryland Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2015
February 25, 2014 - Leadership Maryland Selects Class of 2014

We'd like to extend our sincerest THANK YOU to our alumni, sponsors, speakers, committee members, and attendees who made our 25th Anniversary celebration a giant success! Here is just a sampling of photos from the programming; stay tuned and we'll share more throughout the week. #LMD25

Announcing our Leadership Award Recipients

Congratulations to these individuals recognized for their leadership in commemoration of our Leadership Maryland 25th Anniversary Celebration!


Leadership Maryland Outstanding Leader of the Year

Ralph W. "Buddy" Emerson, Jr. '03


Platinum Awards

James T. "Jim" Brady '93 for Business

Dr. Catherine R. Gira '93 for Education

Hon. James D. "Jim" Fielder, Jr., Ph.D. '98 for Government

Henry E. Posko, Jr. '93 for Non-profit


Gold Certificate Awards

Click here for a complete list of honorees.

Thank you to our celebration sponsors!
Gold Sponsor: Comcast NBC/Universal
Thanks to Sean M. Looney ‘96 (LM), John F. Conwell ‘07, Donna Rattley Washington ‘10 , and Brad E. Palazzo ‘14.

Gold Sponsor: M&T Bank
Thanks to J. Michael "Mike" Riley '99, Ralph W. "Buddy" Emerson, Jr. '03, Karen Ann Schonfeld '08, Anna Leake Smith ’10, John Henry Lewin III '12, Noel J. Carroll '13, Brian S. Walter '14 and Mary Frances Isakov ’17.

Gold Sponsor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Thanks to Timothy J. “Tim” Regan ‘00, Kevin P. Higgins ‘06, Samuel R. “Sam” Wells III ‘08, Jonathan S. Hess ‘09, Anthony G. “Tony” Moag ‘10, Michael F. “Mike” Ernst ‘11, Stephen J. “Steve” Lambertson ‘12, Karen L. Evans ‘13, Irene Knott ‘14, Jason W. Spicer ‘15, Theodore F. “Ted” Border III ‘16, and Chris D. Hoyson ‘17.

Silver Sponsor: Brotman Financial Group
Thank you Eric D. Brotman, CFP, AEP, CPWA ‘09 (LM).

Silver Sponsor: BGE
Thanks to Mark D. Case ‘04, Alexander G. “Alex” Núñez, Esq. ‘05, Allyson T. Black ‘09, Stephen J. “Steve” Woerner ‘11, Christie D. McMullen ‘14, Valencia McClure ‘15, and David M. Vahos ’16.

Bronze Sponsor: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Thanks to Carol A. Gilbert '09 and Asuntha M. Chiang-Smith '11.

Bronze Sponsor: Saul Ewing
Thanks to Howard B. Miller, Esq. ‘93 (LM), Harriet E. Cooperman, Esq. ‘03, Anne L. Johnson, Esq. ‘05, and Christopher P. Smith ‘08.

Bronze Sponsor: Standard Technology, Inc.
Thanks to Kathryn Turner ’97 and Fred Behbahani ’14.

Marketing Sponsor: Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Thanks to Diane J. Devaney ‘16.

Promo Sponsor: Peterson Companies
Thanks to Chris Borgal '16.

VIP Reception Sponsor: BEACON at Salisbury University
Thanks to Dr. Memo F. Diriker ’12 (LM) and Dr. Sarah A. Guy ’16!

25th Anniversary Celebration Newsletter Archive:
September 21, 2017
September 13, 2017
September 6, 2017
August 30, 2017
August 23, 2017
August 16, 2017
August 9, 2017
August 2 ,2017
July 26, 2017
July 19, 2017
July 12, 2017
July 5, 2017
June 28, 2017
June 21, 2017