Leadership Southern Maryland Selects New Executive Director
The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) board of directors announced today that Dr. Sybol Anderson of St. Leonard has been selected as its new executive director and will join LSM on August 1.
A former executive director of equity & inclusive diversity at College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Anderson is a well-known diversity, equity, and inclusion professional and social and political philosopher who has been building inclusive communities as a central part of her career for more than 15 years.
In 2008, Anderson founded the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program (DB), an academic and leadership program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to accelerate the success of students from underrepresented groups believed to be at risk of not graduating college. In addition to her former role at CSM, Anderson has served as chief diversity officer at Loyola University New Orleans.
“I am truly honored to join Leadership Southern Maryland and to promote its mission to address the needs of Southern Maryland by inspiring, educating, and strengthening collaboration among our leaders,” Anderson said. “LSM’s alumni community comprises more than 400 leaders from every professional sector in all three counties who are passionate about Southern Maryland. Think about that! I can hardly wait to join my energy with theirs, and with that of LSM participants to come, to help lead Southern Maryland through our challenges to a gratifying, prosperous future.”
LSM Board President Ed Rule LSM’18 served on the selection committee and welcomes Anderson to her new role. “Dr. Anderson was selected as executive director from among many outstanding prospects for her deep leadership experience in all three counties of Southern Maryland – spanning business, academia, and nonprofits – and for her incredible passion to serve the tri-county region in ways I feel certain will help distinguish Southern Maryland as a model for energetic, inclusive, and meaningful development,” Rule said.
Outgoing LSM Executive Director Denise Foster has served the board and successfully led the organization for more than four years. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation of the Emerging Leaders Program and worked tirelessly to forge important relationships that kept LSM financially stable during the pandemic and beyond.
“We are grateful for Denise’s consummate professionalism and tireless work to keep our organization thriving,” said Rule. “She kept us focused. She kept us organized. And we are a better organization because of her.”
“It has been such a privilege to serve Leadership Southern Maryland and its amazing board members, graduates, and community supporters,” Foster shared. “As a Southern Maryland native, it has been a joy to shepherd local leaders through our Executive and Emerging Leaders programs knowing that they will take their experiences with them as they work to shape the tri-county area for the better. As LSM prepares to welcome its 15th class this year, I am excited to have been a part of the organization’s progress and look forward to seeing its future accomplishments. I am honored to have been a part of the LSM family.”
LSM Emerging Leaders Class of 2022 Completes Capstone Project, Celebrates Graduation
On May 13, 2022, Leadership Southern Maryland's Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP) Class of 2022 completed their capstone project in support of Christmas in April Calvert County. The class members began planning for the project at the outset of their program in January. Over the next several months, they collaborated with Christmas in April board members and representatives to determine what materials they could provide and what tasks needed to be completed. Several class members met on-site prior to the official project day to complete preparatory work and ensure that the project could be completed as efficiently as possible.
The task list was extensive, but the class took an "all hands on deck" approach, painting shutters, clearing leaves and brush, installing new plants, and more. The project encompassed 183 person hours of work and, with over 50% of the required materials acquired through donations, cost under $800 to complete. The "low cost, lots of labor" tasking led to a homeowner thrilled with the results and a class who could be proud of their team effort.
A Christmas in April rep said the organization was appreciative of all of the class members' efforts. "Emerging Leaders for the Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2022, we thank you for joining Christmas in April Calvert County this year. It has been great to have you as a member of our team. You certainly have improved the life, home, and safety of this homeowner,” he said. Many class members hope to continue working with the organization including Megan Deaton LEAP'22 who played a pivotal role in the planning of the project and recently joined the Christmas in April Board of Directors.
The capstone project was the final step for these emerging leaders to complete their program year. Leadership Southern Maryland held a session on Friday, June 24 focused on a look back at all the class members had learned as well as a look forward to what the future holds. Class members discussed highlights of their experiences over the last six months and reviewed the SMART goals they set during Session 1 with Dr. Dale Moore, founder and president of The Moore Group, LLC.
The group was enthusiastic about the impact of the program on their lives. Dan Palmieri LEAP'22 was selected as class speaker for the certificate ceremony. He reflected on his Emerging Leaders Program experience, noting that one of the skills he learned was "the importance of setting short-term goals and taking small wins." The power of networking and gains in confidence to speak up and be heard were also common gains across the class. "I learned to know my value and be unafraid to take risks," Maya Hoagland LEAP'22 said.
CONGRATULATIONS LEAP CLASS OF 2022!
Check out more photos from the LEAP Capstone Project & Session 6. on LSM's Flickr.
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The Leadership Southern Maryland annual homecoming is October 6, 2022, Under the Lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum. The silent auction and live auction generate revenue that allows LSM to sponsor this great event.
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