LSM E-News ~ October 2022
LSM Class of 2023 Hears the Latest on
Economic & Workforce Development
The Executive Program Class of 2023 met with regional economic development leaders at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland on Oct. 6 to learn about Southern Maryland's economic and workforce development resources, opportunities, and challenges.
“I have been hearing about numerous start-up efforts over the past 15 years to turn Southern Maryland into an innovation and technology corridor,” said participant Kevin Switick. “At this forum, I got to witness the collective result of those efforts, and I’ve come to realize that we, Southern Maryland, were successful. We have an innovation ecosystem—everything it takes to be an innovation hotspot today.”
Participants met first with economic development directors Julianne Oberg LSM ‘23 (Calvert), Kelly Robertson-Slagle LSM ‘10 (Charles), and Chris Kaselemis (St. Mary’s) to learn about each county’s new initiatives. They then discussed entrepreneurship and innovation in Southern Maryland with Dr. Dale L. Moore, founder and president of The Moore Group, LLC; Wynne Briscoe, director of the Southern Region, Small Business Development Center at the College of Southern Maryland; Kellie Hinkle, deputy director of St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development; Lesley Quattlebaum, executive director of the College of Southern Maryland Velocity Center at Indian Head.
Afternoon sessions showcased more of Southern Maryland’s technology, research, and workforce development resources. LSM participants saw drones fly as they toured USMSM’s new Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building with Research Lab Manager Joseph Copenhaver. They also learned about innovative regional workforce development partnerships from Ellen Flowers-Fields LSM ‘09, associate vice president of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, College of Southern Maryland, and Ruthy Davis LSM ‘14, director of Regional Workforce and Business Development, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. Participants then toured the JobSource Mobile Career Center with Hans Welch, coordinator of Mobile Career Center of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.
The day culminated in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Calvert Marine Museum, leading right into the annual LSM Homecoming "Under the Lighthouse".
The Leadership Southern Maryland Executive Program meets with Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties economic development directors to discuss the region’s resources, opportunities, and challenges.
Fun and Fundraising "Under the Lighthouse"
LSM's Homecoming celebration returned "Under the Lighthouse" at Calvert Marine Museum on October 6. Graduates and friends enjoyed the opportunity to meet new members of the LSM family and connect with classmates. Bidding was fierce in both the silent and live auctions raising $7,165 in support of LSM's mission to educate and inspire current and emerging leaders. A 50/50 door raffle netted an additional $410.
Special thanks to LSM's Alumni Committee, headed by Christa Hood LSM '18, for planning such a great event and to Jenny Plummer Welker LSM '21, Marsha Williams LSM '21, and Kevin Schmidt (Class of 2023) for capturing so many wonderful photos. Check out the Flickr album at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAb19j
From the "Voice of Homecoming"
This year’s gathering “Under the Lighthouse” was nothing short of amazing! It was very well organized and attended, the catering was great, and from what I could tell, much fun was had by all. Many thanks go to Christa Hood, the Alumni Committee, and all those that played a part in orchestrating the great event. And let us not forget the efforts of Jessica Heck, not just on this day, but every day she has had a hand in making LSM such a great success. It seemed very fitting that homecoming was the place for us to bid her farewell with much appreciation for all that she has contributed to this organization over the years!
As you know, one of the goals of the homecoming event is to raise money through the silent and live auction of the many awesome donations obtained by the alumni committee and others. I’m pleased to share that this was one of the best years we’ve had from that perspective. As your auctioneer, I thank each and every one of you who raised a hand during the auction. I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year!
All that said, I would also like to share with you what our LSM Homecoming means to me. I look forward to it every year! For me personally, it gives me a chance to meet the new LSM class, visit with LSM alumni from years past, and reacquaint with my “Best Class Ever” of 2018. It becomes a time for me to not only reflect on how impactful my LSM experience was and continues to be, but to also learn what it meant to others during their LSM experience. It reminds me, and hopefully others, the impact a group of diverse leaders from such a broad range of industries can have on our tri-county community. It’s a source of energy that feeds my desire to continue supporting LSM’s mission “… to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.”
-Tom Clark LSM '18
Saturday, October 29, 6:30-9:00pm: Board Welcome Reception for the Class of 2023
Thursday, November 3: Executive Program Defense Session
Thursday, December 1: Executive Program Education Session
Upcoming LSMAA Member Events
Thursday, October 27: The Patuxent Partnership's Annual Meeting. 8:30-10:00am. USMSM, Building 2, Center Hall. Learn about what is happening at University System of MD in Southern MD and the AeroPark Innovation District, and what the passage of the Southern Maryland Heritage Act means for the tri-county area. Registration: https://paxpartnership.org/tpp-event/2022-annual-meeting/
Thursday, November 3: AFCEA Southern Maryland Chapter. Cyber Webinar: "What Keeps You Up At Night, Part 4!" 11:30am-12:30pm. For details, visit https://somd.afceachapters.org/upcoming-events.
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