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Commitment & Program Details:

Leadership Premier is a 10-month program, running from September to June, and offers participants an intense curriculum of civic information and leadership development, as well as the opportunity to learn how major decisions are made, often from those who are involved with making them. The 2025 program will kick off early to mid-September and will be followed by a two-day (mandatory) overnight retreat; subsequent sessions will then be held one full day per month from approximately 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and attendance for the entire day is expected. In addition to the monthly sessions, participants will be required to complete 3 learning opportunities – each opportunity lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours; participants will also be a part of a Community Impact Project Team – typically each team member will contribute an average of 2 to 4 hours per month, as determined by each team. Click here for preliminary dates and details about the 2025 program.

Who Participants:

The average class size is between 40 to 50 individuals; participants are selected from a cross-section of the community: large and small businesses, government, education, health care, and nonprofits including the arts, human services, and faith-based groups. Applicants must live or work in Howard County, hold a position of responsibility or leadership in their jobs or volunteer organization, and have a record of civic activity or demonstrated interest in the well-being of Howard County. Individuals may be nominated by a graduate of LHC or by another community leader or may also self-nominate.

Program Cost:

The tuition for the 2025 program is $6,400. and includes the retreat, program transportation (if needed), meals during the monthly session, and a ticket for the graduation event in June. Upon acceptance to the program, a $500 deposit will be required. A limited amount of need-based tuition assistance is available primarily to non-profits and small business owners and payment plans are also available.

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