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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.

 

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

The day opened at Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc. in Lexington Park with a discussion on teams and team building with Captain Steven Hall LSM’18, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Mike Benton of North Beach in Calvert County followed with a motivating discussion on mentorship and how to choose a mentor. The day also included a book discussion with Amy Ford LSM’19, Lexington Park’s branch manager for St. Mary’s County Public Library.

This was followed by small group panel discussions with several St. Mary’s County leaders, including Chris Kaselemis, director of St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, Rich Fleming LSM’11, president/CEO of St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, Sheriff Tim Cameron of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, Captain Chris Cox, USN LSM’19, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, and Lori Werrell LSM’13, regional director of Population & Community Health at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

After lunch, the class members had a discussion on diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias with Mike Bellis LSM’19, executive director of United Way of Charles County, and Josh Bellis, talent & human resources consultant at HR Acuity. The final activity of the day was goal setting with Dottie Tackett, deputy director of Corporate Operations, Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class adjourned to Taphouse 1637 in California to meet Leadership Southern Maryland’s current Executive Program Class of 2020 as well as board and council members.

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 June. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will 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. – February 14, 2020: On February 6, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the sixth of nine educational sessions – Housing and Human Services.

The morning began with Cathy Meyers, LSM founding sponsor and executive director at Center for Children, Inc., presenting the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) assessment. Afterward, she gave context to the assessment, educating the class on how childhood experiences, poverty, mental health, and homelessness can be intertwined and how adverse childhood experiences can affect one’s ability to thrive. The class also received an overview of A.L.I.C.E, from Mike Bellis LSM’19, executive director of United Way of Charles County.  Bellis introduced the A.L.I.C.E. report which details financial struggles and hardships faced by Marylanders, many of whom are “one blown transmission away” from financial crisis.

Chris Longmore LSM’09, attorney and partner at Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, led the lunchtime activity and discussion on how the class, as leaders, can help with housing and human services issues in Southern Maryland and beyond. Next, the class heard from representatives of area nonprofits including the Three Oaks Center and LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc.  The discussion centered on a number of topics related to homelessness in Southern Maryland

The class then traveled to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore facility in Lexington Park where they learned more about the organization’s mission and volunteered their time.  They wrapped up their day with a networking event at Elements Eatery and Mixology.  Class participants were able to meet and interact with LSM graduates, over 350 strong, and reflect on the day’s events.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 31, 2020 – On January 17, 2020, Leadership Southern Maryland’s new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 held its first of six program sessions to kick off the pilot program in the tri-county region.

The day opened at the Indian Head Pavilion with a discussion on the definition of a leader with Col. Joe Mortenson, USMC (Ret.) LSM’16. During the majority of the day, participants worked with Leslie Fazio on their Emergenetics profiles, where they learned about everyone’s behavioral and thinking attributes and how to use this new understanding within a team framework.

This was followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Theresa Kuhns LSM’19, on leadership and current community issues with Charles County leaders, including Sheriff Troy Berry, Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins II, Esq., Economic Development Director Darrel Brown, Executive Director of Schools Marvin Jones, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian
Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division’s Technical Director Ashley Johnson.

At the conclusion of the program day, the class adjourned to Ollie’s Bar & Grill to reflect on the events of the day and network with one another.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides educational programming opportunities to new or emerging leaders in the tri-county 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 June. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers..

LEONARDTOWN, MD – January 6, 2020: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of 24 Southern Maryland professionals for its inaugural Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) – the Class of 2020.

From Calvert County –

Maile Bowen, integrated logistics support manager, Manned Transportable Robotics Systems for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division

Bailey Casselman, general manager for Cherry Cove/Home2Suites by Hilton, Lexington Park

Ashley Greely, business retention analyst for Calvert County Department of Economic Development

Juree Greer, cybersecurity analyst for Technology Security Associates, Inc.

Ronald Marney, rural planner III for Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning

Julie Mashino, family network coordinator for Calvert County Local Management Board

Letita Pinkney, lead career counselor for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Randall Utz, realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties/VR Group LLC

From Charles County –

Nicole Brien, wealth management associate for the Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley

Marc Collazo, lead internal affairs officer for Blueline Security Services

 From St. Mary’s County –

Rebecca Clements, operations research analyst for NAVAIR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office

Andrew D. Fisher, operations research analyst for NAWCAD Strategic Acquisition Team

Lawrence Forte, junior analyst for WBB, Inc.

Hillary Tess Goldwasser, assistant branch manager, youth services for St. Mary’s County Library

John Sterling Houser, associate attorney for The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.

Basia Kenney, team lead, Architecture Management Integration Environment and the Common Development Environment for NAWCAD

Derek Kitchen, systems engineer for DCS Corporation

Phillip Melton, electrical engineer for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division

Danielle Moulds, engineering psychologist for NAVAIR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office

Ashley Raley, performance & quality specialist for Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Brady Spatola, engineer for MIL Corp.

Lauren Y. Zimmerman, winemaker for Port of Leonardtown Winery

From Baltimore County; however, works in Calvert County –

Joseph Denton, grounds supervisor for Calvert County Buildings & Grounds

From Prince George’s County; however, works in St. Mary’s County –

Destiny Allen, economic development specialist for St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development

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 June. Experts from across the region and state representing business, government, education, and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers. “It’s very exciting to see this program launch and the idea of helping new leaders grow their skills is very rewarding,” said Tom Jones, LEAP chair and 2019 LSM graduate. “It’s important that we invest our time into expanding our communities’ leaders and I’m confident LEAP will be a great asset.”

Founded in 2008, LSM has successfully graduated over 350 regional leaders from its Executive Program. LSM is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of public and private sector executives and emerging leaders. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 15, 2020: On January 9, 2020, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2019-20 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with a panel discussion on healthcare issues and challenges in Southern Maryland.  The panel included representatives from CalvertHealth System, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  The discussion was followed by a tour of University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where class members got an opportunity to see the lab, emergency department, and the hospital’s new labor and delivery facility.

Following the tour, the class boarded a bus and headed to Sagepoint Senior Living Services for an up-close look at the memory care services they offer to seniors.  While at Sagepoint, the class was given the unique opportunity to participate in a dementia exercise that demonstrated the challenges faced by those coping with memory loss and sensory issues.

Walden’s Anchor facility in Charlotte Hall was next on the agenda.  The class received an overview of the facility and its addiction treatment programs by Chief Executive Director Laura Webb.  They also heard from a former program participant who shared her personal story and her path to recovery.

The healthcare session also included presentations from Health Partners, Inc’s Chrisie Mulcahey LSM’18 on medical resources for the underserved and an overview of services offered by Maryland Coalition of Families from Amy Young, a family peer support specialist.  Tours of Health Partners and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention Effort) trailer rounded out the day.

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of mid- to upper level executive leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. Applications for the Class of 2021 are being accepted through April 1, 2020.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email denise@leadershipsomd.org or visit www.leadershipsomd.org.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – December 11, 2019: On December 5, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2020 participated in the fourth of nine educational sessions for the LSM Executive Program. This session’s topic was education in the region.  The class began the day at North Point High School (NPHS) where they were given an overview of the school’s course offerings and structure by Principal Daniel Kaple.  Class members were able to tour the school, hear from classroom instructors, and watch students in action in a variety of courses including engineering, collision repair, construction design and management, and cosmetology.

Next, Executive Program participants visited La Plata High School where they had the opportunity to participate in senior portfolio interviews.  This segment was followed by a trip to St. Charles High School where class members took part in a professional development training demonstration with Amy Hollstein, deputy superintendent for Charles County Public Schools.  They also heard from the superintendents of all three Southern Maryland counties during a panel discussion and talked about workforce readiness with representatives from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, and University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland.

The Class of 2020 finished their day with a demonstration of Science on a Sphere and a planetarium show at the James E. Richmond Science Center.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that 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 ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.  Applications for the Class of 2021 Executive Program will be accepted January 1 through April 1.