Are You a Catalyst for Change? Apply for Our Executive Program.

As an Executive Program participant, you’ll join a class—of up to 35 participants—that reflects a cross-section of the region. Our members are diverse in geographic location, profession, ethnicity, age, and gender. Throughout the program, you’ll collaborate with mid- to upper-tier leaders who have a demonstrated aptitude and ability to become senior-level leaders, as well as senior-level leaders who are passionate about creating a better Southern Maryland for all.

What Does the Program Include?

The thought-provoking nine-month, educational program is intense; however, the results are rich and rewarding. As a class member, you’ll immerse yourself in a series of stimulating topics, including:


Defense & Industry


Economic & Workforce Development




Energy & Environment




Housing & Human Services




Public Safety

Key Benefits of the Program

  • Better equips participants to influence positive change through a greater understanding of the unique forces that make up the region
  • Allows participants to examine their own values, philosophies, and beliefs
  • Broadens the scope and diversity of each participant’s professional network with insider access to the region’s leadership and over 400 local alumni
  • Raises each participant’s profile among professional peers with valued leadership training
  • Creates and nurtures a network of informed decision-makers while weaving new leaders into the region’s civic fabric
  • Strengthens public/private partnerships
  • Links corporate resources with community organizations
  • Reduces “six degrees of separation” in order to effectively get work done

What to Expect

  • A mandatory two-day September orientation, proceeded by nine monthly sessions focusing on different regional topics
  • Fully participating in all nine monthly sessions (typically a Thursday) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those who miss more than two (2) program days will be ineligible to complete the program and will forfeit their tuition
  • Traveling to a location(s) within Southern Maryland that relates to that month’s topic of discussion
  • A 12-hour day when taking into account travel as well as the social event held at the conclusion of each session 
  • A 25-hour volunteer commitment to be completed outside of the session days.  Hours must be completed by March 1 in order to be eligible to graduate. 


  • Tuition of $4,150 per participant by check or $4,450 by credit card is due on or before August 15 (applicants may secure the sponsorship of a business/organization to pay tuition).
  • Tuition may be paid online or by mailing a check to Leadership Southern Maryland, P. O. Box 524, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
  • Should a selectee choose to defer participation to the following Executive Program class, the decision must be communicated to LSM in writing prior to August 15. Any withdrawals after that date will be assessed a $500 administrative fee.

Class of 2023 Info Sessions

LSM will hold four informational sessions, March – April 2022.  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:

  • Tuesday, March 15, 9:30-10:30 am, Calvert Library Prince Frederick
  • Friday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 pm, MIL Expedition Office 3rd Floor Conference Room 
  • OR via Zoom (in-person attendance is strongly encouraged, video required for Zoom attendees)                                                                                                              Join Zoom Meeting –                                                                         Meeting ID: 839 3488 3456, Passcode: 508414, One tap mobile +13017158592,,83934883456#,,,,*508414#
  • Monday, March 28, 9:30-10:30 am, Waldorf West Branch Library
  • Monday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 pm, Charlotte Hall Library

Advance registration is required. Please click HERE to register. For questions, email

Class of 2023 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. 

  • September 12 & 13, 2022 – Orientation Retreat (mandatory)
  • October 6, 2022 – Economic & Workforce Development
  • November 3, 2022 – Defense
  • December 1, 2022 – Education 
  • January 5, 2023 – Healthcare 
  • February 2, 2023 – Housing & Human Services
  • March 2, 2023 – Multiculturalism/Diversity
  • April 6, 2023 – Public Safety
  • April 27 & 28, 2023 – Energy & Environment
  • May 18, 2023 – CLOSING RETREAT & GRADUATION:  7:30 am to 5 pm
  • June 1, 2023 – Make Up Program Session Day (if needed)