LSM Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP)

About the LEAP Program

Leadership Southern Maryland’s Emerging Leaders (LEAP) program 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, focused on self-discovery, teamwork, and networking.

Who Should Apply

The class size for LEAP will be limited to 25 participants. Applicants will be selected based on the information provided in the application.

Applicants 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 the applicant represents

Time Commitments

Candidates accepted into this program will be expected to fully participate in each of the six “experiences” generally from 8:30am until 5:00pm. In addition, service projects will be completed outside of classroom hours. Attendance is expected 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 of 2020 Experience Dates

Class of 2021 has been canceled. The LEAP Program has been postponed until further notice.


How to Apply

Applications are open from June 15 through September 25. There is a non-refundable application fee of $125.  To be considered complete, an application package must include the following:

  • Application via LSM portal 
  • Picture (1.3MB or higher)​
  • Professional Bio (250 words or less)​
  • Professional Resume
  • Letter of recommendation – the letter should speak to your leadership experience, character, ability to affect change, competencies, and attributes
  • Official authorizing statement, if employer is paying tuition​
  • $125 application fee


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Tuition Information

Class of 2021 Tuition is $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. Payment plans are available and arrangements may be made with the LSM office.

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