Upcoming Member Events
The Big Event
Leading an Education Revolution
Ron Clark, award winning educator and founder of the
Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta
Tuesday, March 13 at Turf Valley
11 am - 1:30 pm
Ron Clark may be the most inspiring and innovative educator you've ever seen. His vision to reach young students and challenge them to achieve beyond their dreams is a story you won't want to miss.

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

Hosted by the Howard Hughes Corporation and the current Best Class Ever 2015
Mix and mingle with LHC friends and colleagues at the new Two Merriweather office building in downtown Columbia, and get a sneak peek about the upcoming Big Event! 
Don't miss the special raffle to win a Sonos Play:1 and an Amazon Fire 7. Must be present to win!

Free for sponsors and dues paid members. 

The Class of 2014: Iron Chef Champs
10th Annual Iron Chef
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! 
Come and cheer for the classes of  2005, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and support Leadership U and the Howard County Food Bank. 
Admission: $10 and non-perishable food donations.

Connect and Learn at Regional Leadership Events

Leadership Summit Hosted by Leadership Center for Excellence
Friday, February 9, 2018
7:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel
A transformative, one-day leadership summit for established leaders, emerging leaders and other innovators. 
LHC members are offered the discounted member rate to attend. Click here  for an overview of the sessions, speakers and registration links.

Regional Leadership Collaborative: Workforce Transportation
Thursday, February 22, 2018
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank, Baltimore

d by Leadership Howard County, the GBC LEADERship, Leadership Anne Arundel, and Leadership Baltimore County, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Baltimore Branch, this interactive learning symposium is meant to develop a deeper understanding of workforce transportation issues across the region.
This symposium is a must for alumni who work in transportation, workforce development,
planning and/or logistics; alumni who love to examine macro level challenges; and alumni  who want to be part of developing innovative solutions to community / regional challenges.
This event is free but limited to active members of the four Leadership programs. Registration required and limited to first come first served. 

Leadership Maryland Day in Annapolis
March 2 from 8 am - 2 pm
A Behind-the-scenes look at Annapolis 
and the Dynamics of Leadership
Local area leadership program members in good standing are invited to join the current Leadership Maryland class at their session in Annapolis. 
Pre-registration required and includes the program, continental breakfast and lunch.
Information and registration
Learning Enhancements for Alumni

Active alumn i are invited to take part in the  hands-on learning experiences for Premier class members that offer a behind-the-scenes look at a county site or facility. Select sessions are offered on a space-available basis; click on this link for more information and to register online. You will be contacted in advance to confirm. 
Upcoming opportunities:
6        The Non-Profit Collaborative (2-4 pm)
Class members recently visited 
the Recycling Center
14       Recycling Center (#2) (10-11 am)
16       Success-In-Style (2 - 5 pm)
23       HCPSS:  Applications & Research Laboratory (11:30am - 1 pm)
27       The Mall in Columbia (10am - 12 pm - Lunch provided)
1        Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) (2 - 4 pm)
1        University of Maryland Medical Center ~ Shock Trauma Center (2-4 pm)  (wait list only)
12      Department of Corrections (#2) (2:30 - 4 pm)
14      MD School for the Deaf (9-11 am)
National Security Agency/Ft. Meade - March or April, 2018 (Tentative - to be confirmed)
This popular enhancement has openings for a considerable number of attendees. However, the date is not yet confirmed and select information is required for security clearance purposes. If you are interested, go to the online sign up and register, and you will automatically be added to the attending list. All registrants will be contacted in advance when the date is confirmed, and you will be asked for the appropriate personal data to submit in advance. (approximately 5 weeks prior to date, once confirmed).
2017 Leadership Award winners
LHC News

Nominations Open for 2018 Leadership Awards
At our Annual Awards Dinner and Graduation on June 12, Leadership Howard County will honor individuals for outstanding dedication and commitment to serving our community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Leadership Awards in these categories:
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Leadership Legacy
  • Unsung Hero
Nomination deadline is February 12.

Leadership Premier
"Conducting Business" was the focus of the January session for the current Premier class. Topics included overviews of the business climate in Howard County, updates from EDA and
Class members learned about autonomous vehicle technology at Steer Technology
Downtown Columbia, and hot topics ranging from innovation and cyber, to sexual harassment in the workplace. The class hit the road and visited a variety of businesses, and returned to compare notes.
The class enjoyed meeting Lee Andersen, the designer behind ManneqART

Fun Fact from "Conducting Business Session"


This Just In: Emergency Preparation and Recovery
Members attended an informative session on January 26 that provided valuable lessons learned from the Ellicott City flood in 2016. Experts who had helped businesses in Ellicott City recover shared tips and strategies to help others prepare for future emergencies and to
safeguard their businesses from disaster.
Special thanks to Ryan Miller (LP 2014), Director of the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, and Larry Twele (LP 2013), CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, who organized and moderated the panel; and to the Jeffrey Group at Morgan Stanley for their sponsorship.

For resources on emergency preparation visit the county's resource page at readyhoco.com


Current high school sophomores are encouraged to learn more about the LU program at these upcoming information sessions:
February 13      Central Library
March 1            Miller Library
Parents and students are welcome to attend; all sessions are 7 - 8 pm. 
Applications deadline is March 15. Contact Leadership U director Meg Ignacio if you have questions.
Member News

LHC 2017 classmates Donald M. Barrick and Tracy Miller were elected to the Board of Directors of the Howard County Autism Society in December 2017. Don is a Business /Commercial Real Estate Broker with The BAF Group LLC and Tracy is an attorney with her firm Tracy Miller Law, LLC.   
Mike Fowler (LP 2004) will be the new legislative liaison to the Maryland General Assembly for Carroll County government. Mike spent more than 40 years with BGE in a variety of capacities, including 14 years as manager of external affairs.
Career Moves
Chris Maynard (LP 2011) has been named Director of Individual and Foundation Relations at the Maryland Food Bank.
Krysta Huxford (LP 2005) recently opened her own Pilates studio in Glenwood. Practical Pilates, LLC offers private and group Pilates classes. 
Joshua Moody (LP 2014) has joined Howard Tech Advisors as a Technical Account Manager.
Celebrating Silver Anniversaries
Congratulations to these successful entrepreneurs and CEO's:
Chuck Bubeck (LP 2013), Founder, president and CEO of Ease Technologies, and to Zack Shariff (LP 2012), CEO of Allen and Shariff. Both recently celebrated 25 years in business in Howard County!
Keeping You in the Know

Excite Columbia, CA's Citizen Academy, Returns in March
Excite Columbia educates and informs residents with an in-depth view of how CA operates and serves the community through its many departments and programs. The citizens academy also provides a forum for CA and community members to interact and engage with one another - and an informal setting to talk about your vision for the future of Columbia.
Three weekly sessions: Tuesday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 20
6:30 to 8:45pm at CA Headquarters
Pre-registration required

Volunteer Opportunities

Apply to Be a Book in The Human Library
The Human Library™ is an international initiative presented by Choose Civility, designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. Just like in the regular library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a Book from a range of titles - except in the Human Library, Books are people, and the Reading is a conversation. It is an event where real people (Books) of different backgrounds, experiences, and identities go on loan to Readers for an honest and respectful conversation.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 17 at the HCLS Miller Branch in Ellicott City, from 1 - 5 pm.
More information and the application to be a Book can be found here.

Considering Running for the Columbia Association Board of Directors?
Potential candidates for Columbia Association (CA) board are encouraged to attend an information session in February to learn more about CA, the role of its board members and how service on the board impacts the community.

The sessions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 pm and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 am, both at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court.
CA's Board of Directors has 11 members - one representative from each of Columbia's 10 villages plus CA's President/CEO. 
In late April 2018, six villages will hold elections for their representative to the CA Board of Directors: Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, Town Center and Wilde Lake.

HCPSS Seeks Citizen Member For Ethics Policy Development/Revision Committee
The Howard County Public School System is currently seeking general citizen candidates for membership on the Policy 2070 Ethics Development/Revision Committee. Committee members take an active role in developing and revising the policy. Their knowledge, experience and perspective improve the policy review process and ensure transparency at every stage of the committee's work.
Citizens interested in participating may submit a statement of interest online , or contact the Policy Office at policy@hcpss.org or 410-313-6679. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 7.
Job Postings

HowGirlsCode Seeks Executive Director
How Girls Code seeks a passionate and dedicated professional with nonprofit management experience to assume leadership of this vibrant and growing organization committed to closing the gender gap in computer science education. This half-time, remote work position is responsible for program development, staffing, fundraising, and other organizational management. Job description

Special Events Manager
Howard Community College is seeking a person to coordinate and manage fundraising special events for the development office and educational foundation. 

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