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LEAP Class of 2020 Graduates LSM Emerging Leaders Program

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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For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-SOMD, via email or visit