About the Executive Program
The Executive Program is Leadership Southern Maryland’s (LSM) flagship program that has been focused on developing a diverse network of community leaders since 2008. It is a highly interactive and life-enriching nine-month course that provides participants with a deep and “behind the scenes” understanding of the region while also making a significant contribution to Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The program provides hands-on experiences and in-depth discussion of current issues facing the Southern Maryland region, including, housing & human services, education, public safety, energy, environment, defense, economic development, and multiculturalism.
Benefits to Participants
- Better equips them to effect positive change through a greater understanding of the unique forces that make up the region
- Allows them to examine their own values, philosophies and beliefs
- Provides insider access to some of the region’s leadership
- Broadens scope and diversity of professional network with access to more than 350 local alumni
- Gives them an opportunity to provide team-based, direct volunteer service to a local nonprofit. Participants will deepen their knowledge of regional issues, supply a nonprofit with extra expertise and manpower to complete a needed project, and allow for small-group team building.
Benefits to Sponsor Organizations
- Broadens employee’s network of professional contacts
- Affords fast-track employees additional recognition
- Raises employee’s profile among professional peers
- Introduces employee to community leaders
- Provides valued employees with leadership training
Benefits to Community
- Creates and nurtures a network of informed leaders
- Strengthens public/private partnerships
- Weaves new leaders into the region’s civic fabric
- Links corporate resources with community organizations
- Reduces “six degrees of separation” in order to get work done
Who Should Apply
Approximately 35 participants are selected based upon the information provided in the application to represent our culturally, ethnically, socially, economically and geographically diverse region. The Selection Committee identifies those individuals who will use their leadership for the long-term benefit of their community and LSM.
Applicants must live OR work in Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s County and:
- Have genuine concern about the future of the region and commitment to help shape its future
- Demonstrate commitment to leadership through past and present community activities
- Possess capacity for leadership through significant achievements relevant to age and experience
- Be willing to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program (see below)
- Have the full support of the organization or business that the applicant represents
After completing the program, class members join the network of over 350 graduates and participants of the LSM Executive program and are expected to maintain a lifelong membership in the organization and serve as catalysts for a stronger community through continuing involvement in regional and LSM activities.
Candidates accepted into the program are expected to fully participate in all nine sessions (typically a Thursday) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Class members should expect a 12-hour day when taking into account travel as well as the social held at the conclusion of each program session. In addition, team service projects will be completed outside the classroom hours.
Program Dates and Session Agendas
The program begins in September with an orientation, then the group attends monthly program days on different topics. The LSM class will travel to a location(s) within Southern Maryland that relates to that month’s topic of discussion.
Each date is a link to the session packet as participants progress through the experience.
- September 9 & 10, 2019 – Orientation Retreat (Mandatory)
- October 3, 2019 – Economic & Workforce Development Session
- November 7, 2019 – Defense & Industry Session
- December 5, 2019 – Education
- January 9, 2020 – Healthcare
- February 6, 2020 – Housing & Human Services Session
- March 5, 2020 – Public Safety Session
- April 2, 2020 – Multiculturalism & Diversity Session
- April 23 & 24, 2020 – Energy & Environment Session
- May 7, 2020 – CLOSING RETREAT & GRADUATION: 7:30 am to 5 pm
Class of 2021 Session Dates
Participation is critical to the success of the Executive Program, therefore missing two session days (or 16 hours) prevents a participant from graduating from the LSM program.
The Class of 2021 schedule is as follows:
- September 14 & 15, 2020 – Orientation Retreat
- October 1, 2020 – Economic & Workforce Development
- November 5, 2020 – Defense & Industry
- December 3, 2020 – Education
- January 7, 2021 – Healthcare
- February 4, 2021 – Housing & Human Services
- March 4, 2021 – Multiculturalism/Diversity
- April 1, 2021 – Public Safety
- April 29 & 30, 2021 – Energy & Environment
- May 13, 2021 – CLOSING RETREAT & GRADUATION: 7:30 am to 5 pm
How to Apply
Applications open January 1 and must be received by April 1 to be considered for the fall class. There is a non-refundable application fee of $275.
For detailed application instructions, click HERE.
Class of 2021 Info Sessions
LSM will hold four informational sessions, February – March 2020. These sessions provide attendees with a more complete understanding of the program and the application process. They are also a wonderful opportunity to ask questions. The info session schedule is as follows:
- Monday, February 10, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Calvert County Services Plaza, Prince Frederick
- Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Askey, Askey & Associates, La Plata
- Monday, February 24, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Lexington Park Library
- Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Charlotte Hall Library
To register for an info session, please click HERE and select the session on the calendar you wish to attend.
Tuition is $3,950 per participant by check or $4,250 by credit card. Applicants may secure the sponsorship of a business/organization to pay the tuition. Tuition may be paid online or by mailing a check to Leadership Southern Maryland, P. O. Box 524, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Pay for LSM Tuition:
About Application Fees and Tuition
Application fees and tuition are non-refundable. Tuition payment plans may be arranged and limited tuition assistance is available based on need. To apply for financial aid, submit a letter of need by the deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is April 1.
For more information, contact Denise Foster, executive director at (301) 862-SOMD or email@example.com.