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
How does someone lead change in an industry with so much at stake? Ron Clark has been writing that story at his Atlanta academy  for middle school students since 2007. Don't miss this chance to hear his inspiring vision for empowering students and creating the next generation of global leaders!

Presenting sponsor


The Business of Medical Cannabis
April 12 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Loyola University of MD, Columbia

The business of dispensing medical cannabis presents a host of unique challenges. Learn more about the future of this endeavor from a panel that includes experts discussing business operations, human resources, banking transactions and more.
Free for active members; space is limited and pre-registration required.

Sponsored by 



General Membership Breakfast
Friday, May 4 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The Meeting House 

Sherifah Munis
Founder and Executive Director, New Wave Foundation

In her role as Chief Social Responsibility Officer at New Wave Telecom and Technologies Inc,, Sheri Munis cultivated New Wave's reputation for workplace giving, community involvement and charitable initiatives. She then founded the New Wave Foundation, a nonprofit with a focus on supporting students in the fields of technology. Registration available in April.
Annual Awards Dinner and Graduation
Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Ten Oaks Ballroom
Regional Leadership Connections

Federal Reserve Annual Economic Update
Tuesday, April 17 from 7:30 - 9:30 am
Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore branch, and open to all regional Maryland Leadership program graduates
"The Economic Impact of the Opioid Crisis " 
Hosted by Dave Beck, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Sonya Waddell,  Director of Regional Economics. The presentation will include a look at facts, trends and the impact on macroeconomic conditions.
The event is free for Leadership program members. Register here by April 12
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
Leadership U Director Meg Ignacio plays a simulated patient for students in the Health Professions Academy at ARL 
online. You will be contacted in advance to confirm. 
Upcoming opportunities:
12         Department of Corrections (#2) (2:30 - 4 pm)
14         MD School for the Deaf (9 - 11 am)
21         Alpha Ridge Landfill (9 - 11 am)
4          Howard County Conservancy/Mt. Pleasant (9 - 11 am)
9          * National Security Agency/Ft. Meade - April 9 (8 am - 12:30 pm) - see below for details
12         The Arc of Howard County (9 - 11 am)
17         Days End Farm Horse Rescue (9 - 11 am) New date
30         Athelas Institute (10 am - 12 pm)
May 5   HopeWorks (1 - 4 pm)
Note: National Security Agency/Ft. Meade - April 9, 2018
This popular enhancement has openings for a considerable number of attendees. For security reasons, NSA requires select personal information for all those attending in advance of the visit. 
Sign up via this link by March 7. You will be contacted with further details about the visit.
LHC News

Member and sponsors enjoyed a superb happy hour at the new Two Merriweather office building in Columbia, hosted by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Last Chance to Apply!
High school sophomores are invited to apply for the upcoming class of Leadership U. The session starts in July, and continues through the fall.
Application deadline is March 15.


The Class of 2016
The champagne was flowing for this year's Iron Chef, the 10th and final annual competition for class bragging rights. 
The Class of 2016 won the People's Choice award for their shrimp and grits; and the Class of 2017 won the Judges' award for their innovative take on "cake balls."
A huge thank you to all the competitors from 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 who provided lively entertainment and delicious recipes, and to everyone who brought donations for the Food Bank and made donations to Leadership U.

The Class of 2017
2,287 pounds of food was collected for the Howard County Food Ban k, including a collection from 2015 of more than 1,000 cans of food. Just over $1,800 was raised for Leadership U scholarships.

Leadership Premier Class Visits Annapolis

The State Government session was held in February, giving class members the opportunity to visit with lawmakers and sit in on a legislative session.

Fun Fact: Did You Know?

There are 3 House of Delegate members for every state senator.
In Maryland: 47 senators =141 delegates

Do you know your representatives?
Member News

Harkins Builders Announces Leadership Transition
Congratulations to Dick Lombardo (LP 2001) who retired as Harkins CEO in January. Gary Garofalo (LP 2011) will succeed Dick as CEO, and Larry Kraemer (LP 2006) has taken over from Gary as COO. Gary said, "we are very proud of how all of our employee-owners are fostering consistency of exceptional quality across people, divisions, and processes." 

Suzi Padgett (LP 2016) was honored as "Distinguished Real Estate Agent" by the Maryland Daily Record.  Suzi is with Long & Foster Real Estate's Columbia office, and was recognized for her integrity, professionalism and commitment to mentoring.

Meg Boyd (LP 2016), Executive Director of the Howard County Conservancy, has been appointed to the Howard County Commission for Women.
Debra Slack Katz (LP 1996) and Joan Webb Scornaienchi (LP 2011) will be inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame on March 22. Debra, a registered nurse by profession, is also chair of the Historic Ellicott City Flood Workgroup and serves as Vice President of the Ellicott City Partnership, as well as the Ellicott City Master Plan Advisory Committee. Joan has been executive director of HC DrugFree since 2009, and has served on numerous county commissions and HCPSS task forces related to drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention.
Career Moves
Peggy White (LP 2014) has joined KCI Technologies Inc. as Land Development Practice Leader in their main office in Sparks.
Beverly Francis Gibson (LP 2009) has accepted a position as President/CEO with the national office of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
Job Postings

NAMI - Howard County, MD Inc. (National Alliance on Mental Illness) (NAMI HC), is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its part-time Executive Director. Applicants should have a commitment to the mission of NAMI, knowledge and experience with mental health conditions and the impact on family systems. More information at https://namihowardcounty.org/
Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking a covenant advisor for property violations and property concerns. Job duties include administering key aspects of the covenant enforcement process, serving as primary contact for responding to property complaints about violations of the covenants. investigating complaints, and providing periodic report to Village Board. Interested individuals should email manager@oaklandmills.org .
Howard County General Hospital Foundation: Director of Major Gifts
This position is responsible for identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual major gifts, principal gifts, and planned gifts, and works in close collaboration with the Hospital Foundation board members, senior hospital staff, physicians and outside key contacts.  For more information visit here.

Nonprofit Board Opportunities

Neighbor Ride is seeking an experienced marketing professional to join its board and work with fellow board members to strengthen its marketing efforts. The organization is interested in enhancing its fundraising practices and increasing recruitment of both passengers and drivers, especially focusing on social marketing, branding and "storytelling."
Neighbor Ride utilizes 350 volunteer community drivers to provide over 17,000 trips each year for seniors to medical appointments and other destinations. 
To respond to the board position, contact board vice president Andy Cohen at andrewgcohen6@gmail.com. For more information visit neighborride.org    

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