Monthly News & Updates
Upcoming events, news about members, and ways to get connected. 
Upcoming Events

This Just In: Thursday, April 27
A discussion with Barbara Kellner, Director of the Columbia Archives, about how Columbia's development has impacted Howard County and what the future holds. 
Free for active members of Leadership Howard County. Space is limited and pre-registration required
Sponsored by the Jeffrey Group at Morgan Stanley

Addressing the Heroin and Opioid Crisis in Maryland
Guest speaker: Dr. Bankole Johnson: 
With the consequences of heroin addiction escalating throughout the country, Maryland is seeking solutions from many sources. Dr. Johnson, chair   of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Maryland School of Medicine,  is one of the country's leading authorities on the use of psychopharmacology on treating addictions and is leading the way in researching treatment options. 
Sponsored by 

Hosted by Leadership Montgomery
Monday, April 17 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Universities at Shady Grove
Expand your business and community networks at this annual event with the region's most dynamic business and civic leaders. Get connected one-on-one, then follow up with industry-based breakout sessions. In partnership with Leadership Montgomery, Leadership Greater Washington, and the Leadership Center for Excellence (Arlington). 
Active LHC members receive preferred rates. 

Hosted by the GBC LEADERship for Maryland Leadership Programs
"Urban Growth & Poverty: A Look at Baltimore"
Thursday, April 20 at the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve
7:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast 
8 - 9:30 a.m.:  Program
Free for dues paid members. Pre-registration required.
LHC News

Call for Board of Directors Candidates:  LHC is currently seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Candidates must be members in good standing and will reflect the diversity of LHC membership.  Click here for nomination criteria and form. Nomination deadline: April 7, 2017

Leadership Premier Information Breakfast: Thursday, April 20
Interested candidates for the Premier Class of 2018 are invited to attend this breakfast to learn more about the program. RSVP

Association of Community Services Award: ACS will honor the Leadership Howard County staff as its Employee Team of the Year at their annual Audrey Robbins Humanitarian awards luncheon on April 5. Please join us to celebrate! Click here for tickets and information.

Alumni Learning Opportunities:  The following learning opportunities are open to active LHC members in conjunction with the current Premier class. Space is limited and open to dues paid members only. C ontact  Karen Bryant  to reserve your space in advance.
April 5: Days End Horse Rescue Farm
April 20: Athelas Institute
Member Updates

Pick up the April issue of the Business Monthly to learn more about the Class of 2017, along with stories of longtime members supporting the community. Thank you to the Business Monthly and everyone who advertised to make this annual issue possible!

Brenda McChriston (LP 2006) has been selected to receive a 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year award. The recipients of this award represent women entrepreneurs from across the United States and the world who are CEOs of fast-growth companies, community leaders, and role models and mentors to women and girls.
The Daily Record Top 100 women: this honor is  given annually to recognize outstanding women leaders who are not only professionals in their fields but are also dedicated to community work and mentoring. Congratulations to this year's honorees:
Karen Cherry (LP 2015), Vice President at the Howard Hughes Corp.
Stephanie L. Shack (LP 2013), Senior Vice President/Associate General Counsel at Corporate Office Properties Trust
Joan Webb Scornaienchi (LP 2011), Executive Director at HCDrugFree -  will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence for being honored 3 times.
Kim Oldham (LP 2015) has announced her candidacy for Howard County State's Attorney. Kim is a veteran prosecutor for the past 20 years and currently holds the position of Deputy State's Attorney.
Edie Manney (LP 2014) is now the Controller for the Waverly Real Estate Group.
Congratulations to Mary Lasky (LP 2010), project manager at John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, on her recently published book Powering Through: From Fragile Infrastructures to Community Resilience. The book examines the interdependent, and critical, infrastructures that would be threatened by a sustained electric grid failure. "This book is a call to action," says former CIA Director James Woolsey, "to mobilize whole communities, to prepare, to respond, and to overcome both natural disaster and willful adversaries."

Iron Chef Online! If you missed the competition this year, or just want to relive the fun, checkout the video.
Board Opportunities

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking members for its development committee. This newly formed committee works at a high level guiding fundraising for environmental education programs at the Conservancy's two locations. Contact Executive Director Meg Boyd (LP 2016) for more information: or 410-465-8877.
St Louis Parish School, a private Catholic school serving students in pre-K to grade 8, is seeking nominations for its board of directors.  Experience in the finance/banking and public relations/marketing fields will be highly considered. Interested candidates should contact board chair Bob Martin: or 443-280-9098.
Service Spotlight
Icing Smiles: Delivering Smiles to Critically Ill Children

Icing Smiles is a nonprofit born from a place where empathy meets a need to give back. Tracy Quisenberry, Premier Class of 2016, created Icing Smiles is 2010 when she understood how stressful it can be to have a child battling a serious illness. "We understand that simple things, like a cake are a luxury to families battling illness.  Our goal is to provide a temporary escape and positive memories during a difficult time. A beautiful cake gives a guilt-ridden mom a small victory, a struggling dad a belief in the kindness of strangers, worried grandparents relief when they see two generations of their family finally smiling, a sibling the attention they desperately miss, and the child battling an illness an opportunity to just be a kid."
Today, that small nonprofit is a nationwide community of talented bakers and volunteers who have made the world a little sweeter for those who need it most. 
Read more about how Tracy nurtured this project to a viral success, and found among her LHC classmates "the opportunity to tell my story, network with other non-profit professionals, capitalize on knowledge in the fields of law, marketing and IT, and connect me with business leaders who understand our need for funding."
Do you have a story you'd like to share about your LHC experience? How have your Leadership lessons changed the way you are involved in the community? Send your information to semerson@leadershiphc and we will share them with members in future Newsbriefs.