What Is It?

The Core Program is the premiere offering of Leadership Montgomery.  The intensive experience is designed to inform, educate, and connect the seasoned leaders and decision makers of Montgomery County to the resources and expertise of other local leaders.  

Leadership Montgomery’s Core Program was born of the belief that Montgomery County is uniquely exceptional with its depth of resources, vast population, and diversity. Core Program participants play an active role in helping to improve the neighborhoods people live in and the organizations where they work, while advancing their own personal and professional goals in the process.

Tell Me More

Once-per-month, for nine months, participants engage in a hands-on learning curriculum that includes in-depth discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the community of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Subject matter areas for the 2017-2018 program include:

  • Public Safety
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Diversity
  • Communities
  • Arts

Experiential learning components include a guided bus tour of Montgomery County; a trip to Annapolis; a visit to MoCo’s Correctional Facility in Clarksburg and Public Service Training Academy. In addition, the program includes opening and closing overnight retreats. 

Who Is It For?

Established seasoned leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who either live or work in Montgomery County, Maryland. Typically these leaders are senior executives in their respective organizations.

What Do Graduates and Their Organizations Get Out of the Program?

Graduates leave the program as part of an alumni network of over 2,000 leaders who are better informed of county history and present-day realities. They also emerge better connected to the people, organizations, and service opportunities that can together, make positive and meaningful changes in the county.

When graduates activate the knowledge and connections gained through the Core Program, the community and businesses benefit from improved understanding, services, and relationships. Organizations supportive of their staff member’s participation gain additional visibility and recognition as being committed to the improvement of Montgomery County.

When Does It Take Place?

The 2017-2018 Core program dates run from September 14, 2017 to May 18, 2018.  The application deadline is April 17 at 5:00 PM.

What Are the Application Requirements?
  1. Applicants must currently serve in a senior executive role in the public, private, or nonprofit sector, and either live or work in Montgomery County, MD.
  2. Applicants must have the full support of the organization for whom the participant works.
  3. Applicants must complete and submit an application for the Core Program no later than April14, 2017.
  4. Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation along with their application.  

2017-18 Session Dates:  Opening Retreat, September 14-15, October 11, November 8, December 6, January 10, 2018, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2, Closing Retreat, May 17-18

What Is the Cost?

The full tuition cost is $5,200 and tuition assistance is available. Tuition covers all costs, food, retreats, and member benefits & events during program years. 

How Do I Learn More?

Interested candidates should contact Vice President, Leadership Programs, Ali Levingston at (301) 881-3333 or ali.levingston@leadermont.org. 

The application window for the 2018 class is now closed.  Applications for the 2019 class will be available starting in January 2018. Please check back then.



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