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LSM Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2020 Experiences Communication & the Multigenerational Workplace in Southern Maryland

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.


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 or visit