My experience with Leadership Howard County gave me invaluable insight into the way in which people and institutions shape my community. The program enabled me to develop strong and enduring relationships with my Leadership classmates, all of whom are exemplary leaders in their professional and personal lives. The program fundamentally changed my perspective about my own responsibility as a community leader and showed me how to contribute to the betterment of Howard County.
- Leadership Premier is the flagship program, whose purpose is to inspire and connect those who already have a strong record of community service. Using this program as a model, Leadership has expanded its programs to address the development of future leaders:
- Leadership Essentials is designed to prepare and engage the next generation of leaders – the rising stars who will take their place building a strong future for Howard County. Like Leadership Premier, the Essentials class is selected from a cross section of business sectors in the community. Participants receive leadership training, personal coaching, and collaborate with teammates on a community service project. Begun in 2007 under the direction of Leadership Howard County, Leadership Essentials is now managed by Loyola University Maryland in Columbia.
- Leadership U was launched in 1996, which is a program that enables high school juniors to build their leadership skills while serving their community. Each year, approximately 50 students from both public and private schools in Howard County are selected to take part in this challenging and rewarding program.
- Alumni:The benefits of the Leadership program continue long after graduation, enabling alumni to expand their networks and connect with the community in ways that match their interests and resources. The LHC network of nearly 1,000 alumni stay connected with each other and informed about critical issues through informative speakers and programs, and by a strong loyalty built by serving alongside each other on nonprofit boards and volunteering in the community. Alumni are encouraged to “take their place” in many ways, from serving on LHC committees to ensuring their own businesses are effective corporate citizens.