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Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2021 Experiences Defense in Southern Maryland

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – November 13, 2020:  On November 5, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2021 participated in the third of nine educational sessions for the 2020-2021 LSM Executive Program – Defense. Class members started the morning at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) with an overview of the day by CAPT John Brabazon LSM’20, Naval Air Station Patuxent River commanding officer.  They also received an overview of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) from John Hungerford LSM ’18. NSWC IHD, located in Charles County, is the Department of Defense (DoD) Energetics Center and serves as the DoD Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Program lead.

The class then proceeded to the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) for a presentation delivered by CDR Jeremy DeBons, USNTPS executive officer. DeBons gave the class a brief on what goes on inside the “schoolhouse” followed by a tour of the TPS flight line.  This was followed by a windshield tour of NAS Patuxent River with stops including Atlantic Test Range, the Environment Department Conservation Division Education Center, and the air traffic control tower.

After returning to PRNAM, the class got an up-close look at EOD robotics with several members taking up the controls and operating the robots.   This was followed by briefs by local advocacy groups who champion both the base and members of the military.  Representatives included Roger Cordell LSM’18 from the Navy League, Bonnie Green, LSM Founding Sponsor and executive director of The Patuxent Partnership, and Gary Kessler, president of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance.  The class wrapped up the day with a presentation on Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) with Community Planning Liaison Officer Sabrina Hecht and environmental scientist Melanie McGinnes.  Glen Ives, president and CEO at Sabre Systems closed out the session by helping the class to “connect the dots.”

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 30, 2020:  On October 23rd, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s (LSM) LEAP Class of 2020 graduated the Emerging Leaders Program.  The 22-member class completed a 6-month program comprised of monthly sessions devoted to facilitating, fostering, and refining their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum focused on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. At graduation, these new or emerging leaders received their certificates and presented their capstone projects. These projects showcased their work in identifying the leadership behind community-wide efforts addressing issues such as the opioid epidemic, food security, and gender equity.

During the graduation ceremony, class speaker, Phillip Melton, summed it up nicely: “I believe we all entered this program with the expectation by the end, we would confidently answer the question ‘Am I a Leader?’ Our progression through this program has transformed that question into ‘What is next for me to grow as a leader?’ LEAP has provided a heightened sense of self- awareness in our respective fields. We have collectively grown from sharing our unique life stories that have shaped our leadership styles, which has helped us to learn more about ourselves. LEAP has proven that in order to be the best leaders we can, we must show ourselves in all respects to be a model. Thank you LSM LEAP 2020 for modeling the emerging leader.”

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Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381). Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-SOMD, via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 16, 2020 – On October 8 & 9, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the last of nine educational sessions for LSM’s 2019-20 Executive Program – Energy and Environment.

The two-day event began at St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission’s Marlay-Taylor Water Reclamation Facility where the class received an overview of Metcom’s operations, learned about the wastewater treatment process, and toured the on-site lab which conducts water quality testing and analysis.  The afternoon portion of the session was conducted virtually, allowing class members to hear from representatives of Exelon’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO).  These presentations provided an overview of energy production in the region and gave the class insight into the organizations’ leadership structures.

The second day began with a visit to the Loveville Produce Auction, allowing the participants to experience “commerce in action” while observing interaction of the Mennonite and Amish agricultural community with local restaurateurs, grocers, and individuals who purchased from their harvests. Several class members got in on the bidding action, taking home pumpkins, floral arrangements, and other seasonal produce.  The participants then traveled to Farming 4 Hunger where they had an opportunity to learn about the farm’s origin story, mission, and daily operations.  The class also participated in several team-building activities to help them gain a fuller understanding of the impact of the organization and its programs on a larger scale.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 9, 2020 – On October 1, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s Class of 2021 held its first of nine program sessions to learn about economic and workforce development in the tri-county region. The program was sponsored by Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Charles County Economic Development Department, and St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development.  Ruthy Davis LSM ’14, director of regional workforce and business development for Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland was the advocate for the session and planned the day’s events.

The day opened with a panel discussion featuring the economic development directors from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties (Kelly Robertson-Slagle LSM’10, Darrell Brown, Chris Kaselemis).  The class then explored the topic of creating entrepreneurial communities with Wynne Briscoe, director of the Southern Region, Small Business Development Center; Hugh Burrell, director of the Velocity Center at Indian Head; and Matt Scassero LSM founding sponsor and director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aerial Test Site.  The morning also included Ellen Flowers-Fields LSM’09, associate vice president of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, College of Southern Maryland who gave a presentation called “Getting Southern Maryland Back to Work.”

In the afternoon, the class delved into workforce development including virtual tours of The Charles County American Job Center and the JobSource Mobile Career Center.  The day concluded with Pam Wilkerson LSM’19, workforce operations manager from the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland briefing the class on soft vs. hard skills.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class enjoyed a virtual LSM Homecoming hosted by the Leadership Southern Maryland Alumni Association.  Graduates from far and near gathered together to “meet” the newest class and discuss a month-long campaign to give back to the community.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – October 8, 2020 – On September 25, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 held its fifth of six program sessions.

This hybrid program day (half in-person, half virtual) began with a meeting at Hallowing Point Park in Prince Frederick. Those who were unable to attend in person participated by live stream. The day kicked off with a discussion on resiliency and stress management with Jennifer Voorhaar, Owner/Therapist, Hope and Healing Psychotherapy, LLC. The program continued with a hands-on meditation session, led by Tim McMichael, Certified RYT 200-hour yoga instructor and leader at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). This included a discussion on how meditation, and the discipline it requires, can help change one’s mindset in leadership.  Afterwards, there was a panel discussion with Calvert County leaders, Dawn Balinski, Board Member, Calvert County Public Schools; Mike Benton, Mayor, North Beach; and Lt. Col. Dave McDowell, Assistant Sheriff, Calvert County Sheriff’s Department.

After lunch, the group met virtually for the remainder of the day. The afternoon portion was led by Whitney, Bradley & Brown (WBB) Culture and Development team, David Jurkowski and Kelly Jasen. The discussion centered around navigating conflict and organizational change, including learning how to identify one’s core issues and how they are triggered when stress and anxiety levels increase.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in our region. Through a series of six “experiences,” young leaders will facilitate, foster, and refine their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum and a focus on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. These sessions will conclude with a capstone project and graduation in October. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community serve as panelists and guest speakers.

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Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381). Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-SOMD, via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

 

 

LEONARDTOWN, MD – September 4, 2020: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 29 Southern Maryland leaders for its 13th class – the Class of 2021.

From Baltimore County, works in Calvert County

Crystal G. Dowd, deputy director of Public Safety – Animal Services for Calvert County Government

From Calvert County –

Tamara L. Blake-Wallace, principal planner for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
Erin M. Farley, community wellness manager for CalvertHealth

Stanley D. Harris, Jr., assistant division chief for Calvert County Department of Emergency Communications

Harvil C. Jenkins, senior vice president for MIL Corporation

Barry A. Murphy, chief financial officer for AIRtec, Inc.

Lauren Sampson, director of corporate and foundation relations for St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Laura A. Schuessler, head detailer for aviation engineering duty/ aviation maintenance duty officer communities, United States Navy

From Charles County –

Kerry P. Dull, director for Calvert County Department of Public Works

Erin Ferriter, action officer for the technical director for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division
Kara A. Harrer, director of pharmacy for CalvertHealth

Monica A. Kempson, director of tax services for Askey, Askey & Associates

Darrin Z. Krivitsky, head of corporate operations for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technical Division

Jenny L. Plummer-Welker, long range planner for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning

From St. Mary’s County –

Kimberly Bannister, supervisory program manager for the US Department of Health & Human Services

Tracy Anne Barkhimer, president of Tracy A. Barkhimer, Acquisitions Strategy & Consulting

Lucia M. Beal, senior reliability compliance manager for SMECO

James H. Bolin, vice president at KBR

Dave D. Davison, vice president of business development for Naval Systems, Inc.

Heather M. Earhart, senior program manager, PSI Pax, Inc.

Ann M. Hawkins, director of patient access security, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

James R. Hayden, realtor with REMAX 100

Derrick W. Kingsley, prospective executive officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Dawn M. Lessel, director of human resources for Zenetex

Deborah C. Settle, supervisor for field services administrative support for MetCom

Kenneth M. Sheffield, air operations officer for Naval Air Station Patuxent River

BJ Sievers, chief information officer for Cedar Point Federal Credit Union

Tara N. Strickland, director of communications for AVIAN

Marsha L. Williams, partner at Williams, McClernan & Stack, LLC

Following a two-day opening retreat in September, these class members will attend eight one- or two-day intense sessions focusing on economic and workforce development, defense, education, healthcare, public safety, housing and human services, multiculturalism, and energy and environment. These sessions will conclude with a closing retreat and graduation in May. More than 50 experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated over 350 regional leaders. LSM is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Check out the article on LEAP in the September issue of Southern Maryland Woman, pages 22-23.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – August 28, 2020 – On August 21, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 held its fourth of six program sessions.

This first hybrid program day (half in-person, half virtual) began with a meeting at Historic Sotterley Plantation. Those who were unable to attend in person participated by live stream.   There was a tour of the grounds with Sotterley’s Education Coordinator, Katherine Humphries. This was followed by a panel discussion on nonprofit stewardship and responsibilities with Nancy Easterling LSM’12, Executive Director, Historic Sotterley; Robin Finnacom ‘FS, St. Mary’s County Coordinator, Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland; and Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland. The panel provided insights into their definition of stewardship and what it takes to be a leader in a nonprofit organization, as well as the nonprofit sector’s unique challenges.  The class then received an overview on ethics from RADM Bert Johnston ‘FS, USN, Ret.

After lunch, the group met virtually for the remainder of the day. It began with Amy Ford LSM’19, Branch Manager, Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County Library, who led a discussion on authentic leadership using Discover Your True North by Bill George as a guide. The day ended with a panel discussion on civic engagement and servant leadership with Eric Colvin, St. Mary’s County Commissioner, and Brian Crosby, St. Mary’s County Delegate.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in our region. Through a series of six “experiences,” young leaders will facilitate, foster, and refine their individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum and a focus on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking. These sessions will conclude with a capstone project and graduation in October. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community serve as panelists and guest speakers.

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Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN#26-2989381). Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-SOMD, via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

 

Leadership Southern Maryland Board President Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr. has been nominated for a St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission Award in recognition of his ongoing John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project. This project began in the summer of 2013 with approximately 40 interviews of the former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge, John Hanson Briscoe. After Briscoe’s death on New Year’s Day, 2014, Baldwin amassed approximately 200 oral histories from persons including United States Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller, former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes, judges, attorneys, politicians, friends and associates. Topics include an examination of the transition brought upon St. Mary’s County as a result of the location of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in the 1940s; Sotterley, the history of slavery and desegregation in St. Mary’s County; politics and the “New Leadership” ticket of the 1960s.

Over the past seven years, Baldwin has relied on high school interns to assist in transcribing the many oral histories and composing the eventual online chapters of the John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project. His interns have included Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Teen Leadership Academy graduates, Faith Davis, Dargenae Somerville, and Jordan Beaton as well as current member of the LSM Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP), John Sterling Houser.

An online event honoring Baldwin’s work will be broadcast by St. Mary’s County at a later date.  The John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project is available for online reading with a simple Google search.

Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) announces Dr. Blair Brennan Slaughter as its new Executive Program facilitator.  Slaughter was selected for this position after long-time facilitator Eliot Pfanstiehl announced his retirement earlier this summer.

Slaughter is the founder of Delve Consulting, a business that delivers executive coaching, organizational effectiveness, talent management, change management, leadership development, and fractional HR support to its clients.  As an executive coach, Slaughter focuses on adaptability, working with leaders to quickly size up and address increasingly complex situations.  Her goal is to enable leaders and organizations to thrive when they encounter new opportunities and challenges

Slaughter draws from 25 years of experience as an organizational and people leader.  Her industry experience includes healthcare, global financial services, technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, industry associations, and not-for-profits.  Slaughter was adjunct faculty at Harvard Business School (2008 and 2009) teaching persuasive business communication. She holds a BS in finance, an MBA, and both an MA and PhD in organizational development.

In her nonprofit work, Slaughter is passionate about developing economic independence.  She was board chair of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore and is now first vice president of the board of Humanim, a 500+ person organization that serves those with significant employment barriers.  Slaughter is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, which unites 50 leaders annually across the state to make Maryland the best place to work and live.

In her spare time, Slaughter enjoys traveling, cooking, and scuba diving with her husband, Dave, and their daughters, Natalie and Cecilia.