For the health and safety of our participants and staff, access to LSM program sessions will be limited to class members, staff, and scheduled speakers and participants.

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.

Check out the article “Rising to the Challenge” in Southern Maryland – This is Living

https://somdthisisliving.com/peopleplaces/community/rising-to-the-challenge/?fbclid=IwAR1RUNhcq1NSDy39Oa0690k_WGBUQvEzciG1w2onmQcptt1cLR0cx4kkZPw

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – July 29, 2020 – On July 17, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 held its third of six program sessions.

We began our first all virtual program day with a discussion on the three tenets of communication: clarity, accountability, and feedback led by Nikki Phillips, Owner, Corporate Trainer, Professional Communication Training. This was followed by a panel discussion on managing in a multi-generational workplace with Kristina Moore LSM’13, Human Resources, Island Creek Associates LLC; Ed Rule LSM’18, President, Naval Systems, Inc.; and Andrew Ponti, Marketing Manager, St. Mary’s County Museum Division. The panel provided their insights and experiences representing generational cohorts when discussing cross-generational communication challenges in the workforce.

After lunch, Wynne Briscoe, Regional Director, The Maryland Small Business Development Center, Southern Region, led an engaging discussion on creating a thirty-second elevator pitch centered around authenticity. This was followed by Captain Barbara Ives LSM’09, USN (Ret.), who explored intentionality in networking. Leslie Fazio, Emergenetics Facilitator, wrapped up the day with an exercise on communicating within the context of the class and participant Emergenetics profiles.

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 (LSM) is a nine-month, program to develop leaders from the Southern Maryland area. Participants will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives on some of the most significant and pressing issues challenging the Southern Maryland region and the country.

LSM’s alumni and leadership team are comprised of a cross-section of diverse community leaders from different backgrounds, professions, ethnicities, ages, genders, and religions. As calls for social justice, equality, and unity sweep across the nation, LSM is proud to be at the forefront of such topics and conversations.

“Diversity, inclusion, social justice and equality are not buzzwords for our organization” said Denise Foster, executive director for LSM. She continued, “Addressing these topics are core to the mission of LSM. Program participants come together one day a month to learn about a specific topic and Diversity Day is one of the most anticipated.”

The day is led by Founder and CEO Emeritus, Strathmore, Eliot Pfanstiehl. He facilitates and leads the participants to have tough, thoughtful, productive, and respectful conversations around the various and sensitive topics of race, religion, ageism, and sexuality. When asked about the recent protests regarding racial inequality, he replied, “There has never been a time in the history of our nation when this topic had more urgency and relevancy.” When asked his advice for future LSM program participants, he said, “There will be no agenda other than your own questions, beliefs and hopes. You will build the day from whatever is meaningful to you and your classmates. You will be amazed.”

Throughout its 11-year history, LSM has been committed to improving and enhancing opportunities for diversity and inclusion across Southern Maryland. As the nation navigates through these historic times, LSM will continue to lead the way and serve as a shining beacon of hope and light for all residents of Southern Maryland.

LEONARDTOWN, MD – May 15, 2020. – Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) delivered sustenance and encouragement to tri-county healthcare workers over the past two weeks as part of its initial COVID-19 community support effort.

The non-profit organization raised over $2,000 since April 1 to purchase breakfast foods from local, small businesses and produce “signs of encouragement” to be placed at the three county medical centers and health department offices.

“Our healthcare teams who are on the front lines of this pandemic were the worthy recipients,” said Theresa Johnson, associate vice president for Corporate Communication and Philanthropy at CalvertHealth and LSM Class of 2014. “Our nurses caring for our medically ill patients and our ICU nurses loved the breakfast. From the bottom of our hearts (and stomachs), thank you for giving us sustenance as we fight another day for our patients and our community.”

LSM alumni have also sewn masks for St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services and assembled bag lunches to be donated to The Mission and distributed to St. Mary’s County’s in-need population.

“The overwhelming response from our alumni has been incredible,” said Denise Foster, Executive Director of LSM. “It started as a discussion on how we could give back to the community and 48 hours later we were formulating a path forward. LSM alumni are dedicated to strengthening our communities and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use our resources and give back to Southern Maryland.”

LSM hopes to continue the support efforts as the communities begin to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Leadership Southern Maryland educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. LSM offers a nine-month tuition-based Executive Program and this past year launched the pilot Emerging Leaders (LEAP) program that provides educational programming and networking opportunities to new or emerging leaders in our region.

 

Energy and creativity are key words you could use to describe Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) board member Kristine Wilcox, Executive Program Class of 2015.  Wilcox joined the board last June and supports LSM as the chair of the communications committee.  She is a senior communications / multimedia specialist for AVIAN, a company that offers government and commercial solutions in test and evaluation, systems engineering, workforce development, program management, IT, strategic communications, logistics, and more.  Wilcox provides strategic communications and design products to NAVAIR customers, advising military and civilian leadership on internal and external messaging.  She also manages all communications tools and products for the customer.  She is a graphic design expert, creating everything from fact sheets and logos to large scale display boards and wall designs.

When Leadership Southern Maryland took a pause from programing due to the COVID-19 crisis, members of the LSM staff and board of directors quickly switched gears to find new ways to support the Southern Maryland community.  Wilcox took up the call to help immediately.  She worked with her fellow committee members to brainstorm ways to support the local medical community and quickly devised a plan.  With Wilcox leading the way, LSM set up a fund drive to support its efforts.  In the coming weeks, it will provide meals and signs of encouragement to hospital staff in the tri-county area.

To those who know Wilcox, her passion for helping during this time comes as no surprise.  She has a long history of community involvement, serving on the St. Mary’s County Ducks Unlimited committee since 2007.  She has also participated in Christmas in April for several years through her company.  Wilcox brings a wealth of experience in communications and design to the organizations she supports.

Wilcox’s participation in LSM’s Executive Program in 2015 helped her to both broaden her view of Southern Maryland and better focus on where the need for support existed.  “It made me more aware of what was happening in the tri-county area and how each of the three counties are similar in a lot of things but have their distinct differences,” she said.  “It also made me more aware of the biggest concerns for our communities.”  Of course, no one could have foreseen the global pandemic and the unprecedented challenges it would thrust upon our region, country and the world.  However, with her signature mixture of energy and creativity, Wilcox is committed to leading the LSM charge to support Southern Maryland in its time of need.  Find out more HERE.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – March 13, 2020:  On March 5, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the seventh of nine educational sessions – Public Safety. The day began with a tour of the Charles County Detention Center.  The class then traveled to the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute where they got an in-depth look at firefighting.  They also had the opportunity to interact with the crew of Eagle 2, a United States Park Service helicopter, and check out the aircraft.

The afternoon portion of the day included a question and answer session with Assistant Sheriff Dave McDowell (Calvert), Sheriff Troy Berry (Charles), and Sheriff Tim Cameron (St. Mary’s).  Afterward, the class watched a police drone demonstration before heading to the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) where they spent the remainder of the session. The group watched demonstrations by local K9 and SWAT units, experienced what it’s like for law enforcement to make split second decisions in the training simulator and learned about defensive training. The class held a post-session debrief at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24 in La Plata to discuss the day’s events.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program is a nine-month tuition-based program and is designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

Leadership Southern Maryland is now accepting applications for the Class of 2021 Executive Program. Interested candidates should visit www.leadershipsomd.org to learn more about the program and apply by April 15, 2020.