About Us

About Us

Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501c3 nonprofit that’s advancing the region through a network of more than 400 government, business, and nonprofit leaders who share a commitment to making meaningful changes for our thriving community. In existence for more than 13 years, Leadership Southern Maryland educates, inspires, and connects leaders through programs supported by a hands-on, experiential learning curriculum and service-based programs. Our graduates emerge better connected to people, organizations, and volunteer opportunities through improved understanding, services, and relationships. Our programs are open to leaders who live or work in Southern Maryland’s three counties: Calvert County, Charles County, and St. Mary’s.

Association of Leadership Programs

Leadership Southern Maryland is a member of the Association of Leadership Programs—an international association that supports the efforts of leadership programs and their professionals.  

Candid (Formerly GuideStar)

You can explore Leadership Southern Maryland demographics and learn more about our nonprofit and our members through GuideStar, where our organization is a gold level member. See how we’ve taken the proper steps to become a trusted 501c3 nonprofit by visiting our GuideStar profile now.


In 2008, graduates of Leadership Maryland planned and launched a new leadership program in an effort to unite and progress Southern Maryland’s three counties, while building a cadre of well-informed and connected future leaders from the region’s government, business, and nonprofit sectors.

Led by Tom Jarboe, owner of Kieyos, Inc., the group consisted of Southern Maryland’s finest, within their own respective communities, who recognized the benefit of offering mid to senior level executives an eye-opening, skill-building experience tailored to their specific region.

With support from Leadership Maryland and long-time Facilitator, Eliot Pfanstiehl, Leadership Southern Maryland officially began with the inaugural Class of 2009 and now boasts over 400 alumni.