Leadership Maryland class visits Calvert Marine Museum
Southern Maryland was first stop for new class
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.
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.