Lead­er­ship Mary­land class vis­its Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum

South­ern Mary­land was first stop for new class

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - By DAR­WIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

Lead­er­ship Mary­land held its open­ing ses­sion in South­ern Mary­land ear­lier this month, start­ing with an op­tional day tour­ing the area with a stop at the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum in Solomons.

The high­light of the May 11 mu­seum visit was a look at the new baby ot­ter, Chessie Grace. David Moyer, cu­ra­tor of es­tu­ar­ine bi­ol­ogy, brought her out to see and told the small group she was the be­gin­ning of a new North Amer­i­can river ot­ter pro­gram at the mu­seum.

The 51-mem­ber Lead­er­ship Mary­land class spent Thurs­day tour­ing and learn­ing about Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion and Sot­ter­ley Plan­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood.

“It’s all about ed­u­ca­tion,” Re­nee Win­sky, pres­i­dent and CEO of Lead­er­ship Mary­land, said. “We’ll be at the [Dr. James A. For­rest Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter] in Leonard­town. We have two fifth-grade math teach­ers com­ing in to do an ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing com­po­nent with our 51-mem­ber class and then a ses­sion on work­force and ed­u­ca­tional con­nec­tions and dis­con­nects.”

Lead­er­ship Mary­land is an eight-month lead­er­ship train­ing pro­gram for peo­ple in both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor. The group vis­its five dif­fer­ent re­gions over six months — with Au­gust off — to look at ed­u­ca­tion, health and hu­man ser­vices, crim­i­nal jus­tice, en­vi­ron­ment and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and di­ver­sity. The group typ­i­cally vis­its im­por­tant pri­vate and pub­lic sites in each re­gion — South­ern, Western and Cen­tral Mary­land, the Eastern Shore and the Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

Lead­er­ship South­ern Mary­land is the lo­cal lead­er­ship pro­gram and has its own ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram but grad­u­ates of the re­gional group some­times sign on for the statewide pro­gram and vice versa, Win­sky said.

“It’s not re­quired you do a lo­cal pro­gram,” she said. “If your job or your area of in­ter­est is more of a statewide na­ture you might not do a lo­cal pro­gram. We’ve also had peo­ple who have come to Mary­land, done our Lead­er­ship Mary­land pro­gram and then fig­ured out where they wanted to open up their busi­ness based on what they learned about the state. Then they’ll do, for in­stance, Prince Ge­orge’s Lead­er­ship, which is where one of our board members set­tled his com­pany af­ter com­plet­ing the statewide pro­gram.”

The South­ern Mary­land or­ga­ni­za­tion was put to­gether in 2006 by Tom Jar­boe, who had com­pleted the statewide pro­gram. Jar­boe is now a St. Mary’s County com­mis­sioner. “He got to­gether with all the peo­ple from Lead­er­ship Mary­land from this re­gion and cre­ated Lead­er­ship South­ern Mary­land,” Win­sky said.

Win­sky her­self is a 2005 grad­u­ate of the statewide pro­gram that was started 24 years ago. There are 33 state ori­ented lead­er­ship or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try.

“We try to get half from the pri­vate sec­tor and the other half from non­profit, gov­ern­ment and ed­u­ca­tion,” she said. “We try to get half men, half women. This year’s class, the youngest is 27 and the old­est per­son is 64. We look at age, we look at eth­nic­ity, we look at geog­ra­phy. We try to have at least a half a dozen peo­ple from those five re­gions that I men­tioned so we get a good glimpse of the en­tire state.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.lead­er­shipmd.org or email re­nee@lead­er­ship- md.org. For Lead­er­ship South­ern Mary­land, go to www.lead­er­ship­somd.org or email info@lead­er­ship- somd.org.

STAFF PHOTO BY DAR­WIN WEIGEL

Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum’s David Moyer, the cu­ra­tor of es­tu­ar­ine bi­ol­ogy, shows the mu­seum’s new baby North Amer­i­can ot­ter Chessie Grace to members of the Lead­er­ship Mary­land class on May 11. The new ot­ter will be on pub­lic view some­time in June.

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