Upcoming Member Events
Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, December 7
Gather with classmates and colleagues at the newest happy hour spots in Howard County!
4:45 - 5:45 pm  Hysteria Brewing Company
5:45 - 6:45 pm  Lost Ark Distillery
$20 per person, includes samples at both locations
Open to LHC members and one guest

The Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center
Tuesday, December 12
7:45 am - 9:30 am

Join us for a tour and Q&A session at the newly opened Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center, the first of its kind, permanent supportive housing facility located in Jessup that houses 35 formerly homeless individuals and provides 'one-stop shop' walk-in services for up to 120 currently homeless people per day to receive services on their quest to self-reliance.
The Center is a community partnership between Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Grassroots, and several government agencies.

Free for dues paid members but space is limited and registration is required. Only a few seats remain!

Sponsored by
General Membership Luncheon

Transforming the Future Through Artificial Intelligence
Friday, January 19
11:30 am - 1 pm at Turf Valley
Lots of questions surround the rise of artificial intelligence in business and culture. What exactly is artificial intelligence - and what does it mean to my business, and to the future of technology that will dictate our lives? Join us for an enlightening discussion.
Guest speaker: Aaron Warren, IBM Watson client engagement executive
Sponsored by

Sponsor & Member Happy Hour
Thursday, February 8
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Hosted by the Howard Hughes Corporation at the new Two Merriweather office building in downtown Columbia.
Free for sponsors and dues paid members. 
Regional Leadership Collaborative: Workforce Transportation
February 22, 2018
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Federal Reserve Branch, Baltimore
The first annual Baltimore regional Leadership collaborative will be an interactive learning and discussion program about regional workforce transportation. Expert speakers and panel discussions will be followed by the opportunity to collaborate in work groups with Leadership members from throughout the Baltimore region.
Hosted in partnership with The LEADERship Baltimore, Leadership Baltimore County and Leadership Anne Arundel County. Details and registration available in January. Space will be limited and open to Leadership program members only.
Iron Chef Cookoff
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Fretz Kitchen, Columbia

Don't miss the 10th - and FINAL - ultimate Class Challenge, the Annual Iron Chef Cookoff! 
A great way to support Leadership U and the Howard County Food Bank, the Iron Chef Cookoff is a spirited competition for bragging rights and the coveted Hunt Cup trophy.

Recruitment co-chairs Loris Fuchs and Mark Thompson with Darius Withers (LP17) who shared his class experience with prospective applicants.
LHC News

A "Coffee and Conversation" was held on December 1 for prospective applicants for the Leadership Premier program. Hosted by the Nonprofit Collaborative, attendees learned about the new Columbia campus for nonprofit and county services and the role LHC helped play in its creation.
Do you know someone who would make a good candidate for the Premier Class of 2019? Sharing your experience as an alumni is a good way for others to learn about the impact of the program. Please contact Recruitment Co-chairs Lori Fuchs or Mark Thompson to make a referral.

Do you remember your "Transportation Challenge?"
Always one of the more enlightening activities for Premier class members, learning to get around  Howard County on the bus system provides insights and new perspectives.
Jackie Breeden encounters directional signs at a bus stop.

David Koonce and Brian Akers successfully arrive at the hospital via bus.

The LU "Trunk or Treat" team organized a fun Halloween event for students at Cedar Lane School.
The 2017 Leadership U class is looking forward to their graduation on December 5. Their project teams have completed seven successful projects, learning abou t teamwork, collaboration and communication, and the impact they can make on topics they care about. 
New Learning Opportunities for Alumni
Learning Enhancements are hands-on learning experiences for Premier class members that offer a behind-the-scenes look at a county site or facility in addition to their core curriculum. Active LHC members are eligible to attend select sessions on a space-available basis a nd will be contacted 2 weeks in advance if space is available. 
Click here for information and to register for upcoming Learning Enhancements:
  • December 9      Hopeworks: A Walk in Her Shoes: 1 pm - 4 pm
  • December 12    New! JHU Applied Physics Lab (plenty of space available): 2 pm - 4:30 pm
  • December 15    HCPSS Applied Research Lab: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Registration is required, so don't delay if you find a place you've been meaning to learn more about.
Member News

Paul Brown (LP 2005) has been nominated to serve on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association. Paul, an executive vice president at City First Bank, has served as an official at 35 USGA championships, including seven U.S. Opens.
Teresa Johnston (LP 2015) served as a member of the Compensation Review Commission for the County Executive and County Council members.
Career Moves
Brad Myers (LP 2016) is Vice President, Chesapeake Business Banking Group, at M&T Bank.
Lisa Olivieri (LP 2011) is Vice President and General Counsel with MileOne Automotive.
Kristin Johnson (LP 2015) is with Lighting Environments.
Keeping You in the Know

Board of Education Seeking Input on Superintendent Selection
The Howard County Board of Education is holding a community forum to gather feedback as they start the process of selecting a permanent superintendent to serve a four-year term starting July 1, 2018. They are also offering an online survey.
December 5, 2017 - 7 - 8 p.m.
Wilde Lake Middle School

Citizen's Budget Hearing
Work has begun on the county's FY2019 operating and capital budgets, and citizens are invited to provide comments at the first upcoming hearing:
December 11, 2017 - 7 p.m.
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
Click here for information or to sign up to provide testimony.

HCPSS Seeks Citizen Members for Academic Calendar Planning Committee
The Howard County Public School System invites community members to help develop the 2019-2020 academic calendar as members of the Calendar Planning Committee. 
Members of this committee attend six meetings starting in January to discuss and make recommendations to the interim superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Citizens interested in participating may submit a statement of interest online or contact the Office of Administrative Affairs at 
CalendarCommittee@hcpss.org or 410-313-6679. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 15.

Nominate an Outstanding Leader for Howard County's 2018 Women's Hall of Fame
This annual event honors Howard County women who have made significant contributions to the lives of others in Howard County, the State of Maryland or the nation through their leadership, professional and/or community service. Nomination deadline is Friday, December 22. Information and application

Volunteer of the Year Nominations
Sponsored by Howard County Government, the County Council and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, this program recognizes individuals (youth and adults), non-profit organizations or governmental agencies, and for-profit organizations or community groups that have demonstrated commitment and dedication to our community. Detailed Information
Nomination deadline: February 23, 2018.
Volunteer Opportunities

Filling Holiday Wishlists
Are you looking for a way to put a little more meaning back in the holidays? Check out the 2017 Guide to Giving , an annual resource that provides ideas and guidance for volunteers and donations for more than 40 local nonprofit agencies. 
Before you, your family or your business begin collecting items, check the guide to see what is on the wish lists of local agencies! Opportunities range from wrapping presents, delivering meals and holiday visits to donating food, gifts, clothing and gift cards plus a whole lot more.

Bridges to Housing Stability Seeks Volunteers
As one of its additional services to clients, Bridges to Housing Stability provides one-on-one employment counseling.  Volunteers work with clients on resume writing/review, finding job skills to highlight, interviewing skills, online job searches and applications, and more. They are seeking additional volunteers with HR skills so appointments can be scheduled in a more timely way to help with clients who are homeless and are in urgent search of a job. For more information contact Jennifer Broderick at jennifer@bridges2hs.org 

Seeking Board Member: Resurrection St. Paul School
Resurrection St. Paul School, a Catholic elementary school in Ellicott City, is presently seeking 1 - 2 new members for its board of directors. Are you still looking to "Take Your Place" and have an interest in kids, education, finance, fundraising or marketing? Visit Resurrection St. Paul online or contact Dave Kociolek, the school board chair if interested at   dkociolek@yahoo.com
Job Posting
Making Change: Executive Director
Full-time position will be responsible for the overall operations of the organization including program development, staffing and fund raising. Programs include financial coaching, seminars, operating the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and providing other community events related to financial wellness education. Information

Blossoms of Hope - Executive Director
Blossoms seeks an experienced, goal-oriented individual to serve as Executive Director. The successful candidate will have proven leadership abilities and strong communication skills, and assist the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives.
Send inquiries to

LHC Online