About Us

Our Vision: Take Your Place!

Leadership Howard County is the critical force in preparing, inspiring, connecting and sustaining community leaders to make Howard County the best place to live, work and play.

Values

LHC connects and convenes leaders from business, non-profit and government and creates awareness and understanding to stimulate action for the benefit of the community, the workplace, and for the individual’s personal and professional growth.

LHC recruits, develops and accelerates the connection of leaders to opportunities within the community.

Leadership strives to fulfill its mission and continue developing the value of its programs by adhering to these values:

Integrity and Honesty: We keep meaningful promises, do the right thing for the community, and value truth over harmony.

Service: We work hard and contribute time, talent and treasure.

Teamwork and Collaboration: We believe we can build the best community by empowering leaders with diverse strengths and perspectives.

Growth and Learning: We actively pursue new ideas and approaches to improve the community.

When Leadership Howard County was launched in 1986, visionary community leaders built the foundations of an organization intended to help sustain the growing county. Literally in the middle of the exploding Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region, Howard County sought to maintain a community built on the principles of sustainability and inclusion. Leadership Howard County’s first classes included leaders of new businesses, newly created nonprofits and many others dedicated to working together to build a thriving community.

Like all communities throughout the country, Howard County now faces the challenges that come with growth.  There is a call for effective leadership on the local and regional level to ensure that citizens are informed and engaged in a wide variety of issues, trends and challenges.

With each class and an ever-growing membership, we continue to work toward our vision of being the critical force in preparing community leaders with the knowledge and connections to build a strong and inclusive community.

  • Upcoming Events

    • LHC Alumni Learning Enhancement Opportunities

      Member Benefit: Alumni Learning Opportunities Active LHC members are invited to take part in activities with the current Premier class through Learning Enhancements.  These…   READ MORE

    • This Just In

      Dr. Michael Martirano Interim Superintendent Howard County Public School System Meet HCPSS Interim Superintendent Dr. Martirano at this roundtable discussion focusing on the school…   READ MORE

    • Leadership Exchange: The Future of Greater Washington II

      As a follow up to the inaugural exchange in 2016, Leadership Greater Washington, in partnership with Leadership Arlington, Fairfax, Howard County, Loudon, Montgomery and Prince…   READ MORE

    • Leadership Essentials Happy Hour

      Leadership Essentials alumni, come to the LHC office for happy hour and a chance to reconnect! We will have an opportunity to hear from…   READ MORE

    • General Membership Luncheon & Gift Drive

      Mission BBQ: Honoring Those who Serve Join us as we observe Veteran’s Day with Mission BBQ founder Bill Kraus. His vision to build a business with…   READ MORE

    • Leadership U ~ Class of 2017 Graduation Celebration

      Please join us for an evening recognizing the Leadership U Class of 2017 to share and showcase their program experience highlights  and accomplishments.  Please…   READ MORE

    • Alumni Happy Hour

      Gather with classmates and colleagues at the newest happy hour spots in Howard County! Just steps from each other, we’ll test the new brews…   READ MORE

    • This Just In

      Hosted by: Russell Snyder, President and CEO, Volunteers of America Chesapeake Ayesha Holmes, Executive Director, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Tour the newly opened Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center,…   READ MORE

    • The Big Event

      Leading Our Children to Greatness You’ve never met a teacher like Ron Clark. Passionate, energetic and determined to prepare his students for a bright…   READ MORE

    • Testimonials

      Kathleen Hetherington

      Kathleen Hetherington

      President, Howard Community College

      Each year, participants from the college confirm what an invaluable experience Leadership Howard County was for them, engaging them and providing opportunities to meet others interested in serving Howard County!

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