What Is It?

Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders Program is focused on fostering the county’s leaders of tomorrow. Emerging Leaders Program participants advance their own personal and professional goals through the program. The intensive experience is designed to inform, educate, and connect emerging leaders between the ages of 25 and 35, living or working in Montgomery County, to the resources and expertise of other local leaders. They play an active role in helping to improve the neighborhoods people live in and the organizations where they work. 

Tell Me More.

Once-per-month, for nine months, participants engage in a blend of professional development and mentoring to help prepare them as well-rounded future leaders. The curriculum includes hands-on learning and in-depth discussion on county challenges and opportunities. 

Subject matter areas for the 2017-2018 program include:

  • Montgomery County 101
  • Business Environment
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Civic Engagement

Experiential learning components include visits to unique county locations and program opening and closing retreats. 

Who Is It For?

Professionals ranging from 25 to 35 years of age working within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who either live or work in Montgomery County, Maryland. Typically, these professionals have at least two years of work experience and can demonstrate a commitment to volunteer service in their communities. 

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

Graduates leave the program as part of a network of over 2,000 emerging and established leaders who are better informed of county history and present-day realities. Graduates also bring back to their companies and communities new perspectives and enriched professional skills like public speaking and relationship building that can be put to use to advance their careers.

When graduates activate the knowledge and connections gained through Leadership Montgomery, 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 8, 2017 to May 11, 2018. The application deadline is April 17 at 5:00 PM.

What Are the Application Requirements?  
  • Be a professional between the ages of 25 and 35 working in the public, private, or nonprofit sector that lives or works in Montgomery County, MD.
  • Have the full support of the organization for whom the participant works.
  • A completed and submitted application no later than April 14, 2017.
  • Two current recommendation letters must be submitted with your application.

2017-18 Session Dates:  Opening Retreat - September 8, October 20, November 17, December 8, January 19, 2018, February 23, March 23, April 20, and Closing Session May 11.    

What Is the Cost?

The full tuition cost is $2,700 and tuition assistance is available.

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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