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 8:30am until 5:00pm
  • 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

Information Sessions

LSM will hold three informational sessions, July – August 2021.  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:

  • July 13, 5:30 pm, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties  14488 Solomons Island Road, Solomons
  • August 4, 5:30 PM, Zekiah Technologies, 103 Centennial Street, Suite G, La Plata
  • August 19 at Noon, MIL Corporation, 46655 Expedition Drive, Suite 301, Lexington Park OR virtual via Zoom
    Meeting ID: 815 1302 7891 | Passcode: 550780 | One tap mobile: +13017158592,,81513027891#,,,,*550780#
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