The Goal: Leaders Ready to Serve
Leadership Howard County presents an unequaled opportunity for leaders to see beyond their own work or personal environments to the broader interests of the community. Through interactions with decision-makers and industry experts, they develop a working knowledge of our community across sectors and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates. The result—a dedicated network of leaders equipped to transform our community.
Leadership Premier is LHC’s signature program for senior-level business and community leaders. The Premier program is a 10-month, tuition-based program that begins in September with an energetic kickoff session and an inspiring two-day opening retreat, during which class members get to know each other and learn about their distinctive leadership styles. In the months that follow, the class is immersed in experiences that address specific aspects of our community. Each session day gives participants a hands-on look at what is happening in that field; the opportunity to hear from leaders of organizations and the key issues they are addressing; often, site visits and first-hand accounts of those who deliver services to the community are part of many sessions.
Each day-long experience is designed by Leadership Howard County alumni and other professionals who have expertise in the area of focus. In addition to each month’s day-long session, class members may take part in “learning opportunities” or experiential site visits to unique locations that provide a deeper understanding of issues, attractions, or topics in the community and work on community impact projects.
Community Impact Projects: Key to Connecting with the Community
At the opening retreat, class members form teams to take on a real-world community impact projects that benefit numerous local nonprofits. Forming close working relationships with a host organization, the team performs research and proposes creative, sustainable solutions to help a nonprofit achieve a goal that sustains or advances its mission. This activity is designed to be a beneficial experience not only for the host organization but for participants as well, helping them gain a better understanding of community needs and a deeper appreciation for community involvement.
For the Class of 2020
Leadership Premier is a 10-month program, running from September to June. A mandatory two- day overnight retreat will be held September 23-24. Sessions are then held one full day per month from approximately 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Attendance for the entire day is expected. Applicants must have the full support (financial and time commitment) of the organization or corporation they represent. In addition, class members are required to complete 3 learning opportunities (individually selected from a menu of 3-hour activities offered between October and May) and participate on a Community Impact Project team that works with a local non-profit on a real-world organizational project; each team member contributes approximately 2-4 hours a month as determined by each team.