Kickstart Your Collaborative Capabilities with Emerging Leaders

Whether you’re a born leader or self-made, the Leadership Southern Maryland Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) provides a series of six “experiences,” to facilitate, foster, and refine your individual leadership understanding and abilities via structured course curriculum focused on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking.

What Does the Program Include?

The class size will be limited to 25 participants, who will be selected based on the information provided in their application or nomination. Participants must:

  • Live OR work in Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s County
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a minimum of three years of work experience
  • Demonstrate community involvement
  • Have full support of the organization he or she represents

Key Benefits of the Program

  • Provides a better understanding of leadership styles and abilities
  • Enhances a participant’s teamwork skills and provides the opportunity to collaborate with peers
  • Provides an open and accepting environment for participants to grow as they build their own diverse network of colleagues

What to Expect

  • Full participation in each of the six “experiences,” generally from 8:00am until 5:30pm (including a social/networking hour)
  • Participation in service projects that will be completed outside of classroom hours
  • Attendance at all LEAP program sessions; those who miss more than one (1) program day (8 total hours) will be ineligible to complete the program and will forfeit their tuition.


  • Class tuition of $1,950 per participant by check or $2,150 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.
  • Payment plans are available, and arrangements may be made with the LSM office.

Class of 2022 LEAP Session Dates

Participation is critical to the success of the Emerging Leaders Program, therefore missing one session day (or 8 hours) prevents a participant from graduating from the LSM program.

  • January 21, 2022 – Packet pick-up
  • January 28, 2022 – Session 1 (mandatory)
  • February 25, 2022 – Session 2
  • March 25, 2022 – Session 3
  • April 22, 2022 – Session 4
  • May 13, 2022 – Session 5
  • June 24, 2022 – Session 6

Class of 2024 LEAP Sessions

  • January 12, 2024 – Orientation (mandatory)
  • January 26, 2024 – Personal Leadership Mastery
  • February 23, 2024 – Mentoring and Networking Relationships
  • March 29, 2024 – Resilience and Stress Management
  • April 26, 2024 – Communication and Diversity
  • May 10, 2024 – Steward Leadership and LEAP Service Day 
  • June 21, 2024 – Closing Retreat and Graduation


  • Class tuition of $2,500 per participant by check or $2,700 by credit card. Most participants secure the sponsorship of a business/organization to pay the tuition. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants from 501(c)(3) nonprofits and small businesses (< 15 employees).
  • Tuition may be paid online or by mailing a check to Leadership Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 524, Leonardtown, MD 20650
  • Payment plans are available. Arrangements may be made with the LSM office.

Information Sessions

LEAP Information Sessions provide applicants with a more complete understanding of the program and the application process.  They are also a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and to meet LEAP alumni. 

  • Virtual Information Session: Wednesday, May 10, 4:00-5:00 pm, Zoom 
  • Information Session & Happy Hour: Friday, June 30, 5:00-6:30 pm, Mully’s Brewery, 141 Schooner Ln, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 
  • Information Session & Happy Hour: Wednesday, July 12, 5:00-6:30 pm, Antoinette’s Garden, 22694 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650
  • Information Session & Happy Hour: Friday, July 28, 5:00-6:30 pm, Foster’s Grille, 6390 Crain Hwy, #105, La Plata, MD 20646
  • Virtual Information Session: Wednesday, August 23, 4:00-5:00 pm, Zoom
  • Information Session for Employers: Thursday, August 24, 4:00-5:00pm, Pax River Ale House, 46590 Corporate Dr, Lexington Park, MD 20653
  • Information Session & Happy Hour: Thursday, September 14, 5:00pm, The Lighthouse Restaurant, 14636 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688

Advance registration is required. Click HERE or below to register. For questions, email

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