Our Mission

To connect and prepare leaders to build thriving and inclusive workplaces and communities.

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A legacy of leaders that inspire and advance
Montgomery County, MD and beyond.


• Engage all voices
• Act with integrity
• Grow ourselves and others
• Promote diversity and equity
• Lead inclusively


LM recognizes that equity is a leadership issue and that we cannot create a thriving county without understanding the disparities and inequities that keep people from prospering and flourishing. LM is the place where critical conversations and solution building can happen to facilitate actionable change.

LM allocates resources necessary to advance race equity while adopting anti-racist and intersectional approaches. We challenge ourselves to continue to grow as an antiracist organization and commit to the individual and organizational work necessary to accomplish this.

With an equity lens embedded across our organization, Leadership Montgomery serves as a guide to leaders who are exploring equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of their leadership through trainings and consulting.


The Strategic Plan provides a framework for greater focus on our network, brand, and organizational capacity and aligns our vision, mission, values, and goals that drive our organization to activate and accelerate leadership in our area.

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Programs for Building a Network of Engaged Leaders

In the last 32 years, we have graduated over 2,500 leaders, 955 of whom now hold board seats in County-based businesses, supported 864 local nonprofits with more than 30,000 hours of annual volunteer service, and have trained more than 650 high school and other emerging leaders through our programs.

The CORE (Connecting Our Regions Execs) Program is the premier offering of Leadership Montgomery. Through this exclusive program, established executives from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors will expand their knowledge, influence, and effectiveness as leaders and advocates for Montgomery County.


Emerging Leaders is a dynamic program designed for professionals looking to develop and grow their leadership capabilities, enhance their knowledge of Montgomery County, and build their network.


Senior Leadership Montgomery is designed for people who are transitioning from full-time employment and helps participants answer the question “What’s next?”


This program is designed to provide organizations the awareness, skills and structures needed to identify and implement practices that lead to racially equitable outcomes.



“Participating in Leadership Montgomery’s REAL Inclusion Program has been transformational. Learning about the painful history of slavery, colonization, racial and ethnic discrimination, socio-political and economic privilege, and oppression comes with a tremendous amount of self-reflection and deep emotion. The REAL Inclusion Program has taken my colleagues and I on a journey that has opened up our minds and hearts to the impact of this history in our lives both at work and at home. What I’ve learned is that it takes all of us to make crucial, system-level changes to support equitable practices, programs and policies in our organization.”

Marilyn Lynk, Ph.D., Executive Director | Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity & Wellness

“One of my core beliefs as County Executive was in the pursuit of the common good by working for and with Montgomery County’s diverse community members. And when I see organizations like Leadership Montgomery…it gives me great optimism for the businesses and citizens of our great county.”

Isiah Leggett, Former Montgomery County Executive




Leadership Montgomery is advancing Montgomery County through a network of more than 2,500 public, private and nonprofit leaders who share a commitment to making meaningful changes for a thriving community. In existence for more than 30 years, Leadership Montgomery educates, inspires, convenes and connects leaders through programs supported by a hands-on learning curriculum and service-based programs. Our participants emerge better connected to people, organizations, and volunteer opportunities through improved understanding, services and relationships.

Currently, LM offers five programs that uniquely connect leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our three experiential programs, Emerging Leaders (EL), Senior Leadership Montgomery (SLM) and our flagship Connecting Our Region’s Exes (CORE) program utilize a hands-on learning curriculum, targeted Montgomery County locations as the classroom and in-depth discussions.

Our Leadership in Action pathway deepens our network’s community impact through our Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) and Race Equity Action Leadership (REAL Inclusion) programs. The CVC program connects businesses to structured volunteer opportunities, matching community needs with business’ unique involvement goals.  REAL Inclusion program provides organizations with awareness, skills and infrastructure needed to identify and implement practices that lead to racially equitable outcomes within their own organizations.

We are the educators on county issues. We are the trainers of tomorrow’s leaders. We are the events and programs that connect the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Finally, we are the pathway to service in our community. Our members, participants, volunteers, sponsors, and partners are a representation of the diversity that has become a hallmark of the county.

By engaging with LM, you will have access to a network of passionate leaders who contribute considerable time, talent and energy to the betterment of the community.  In addition, you will become more aware of the social and economic forces and issues in Montgomery County, and you will develop a greater appreciation for all the County has to offer.

Program participants have the option to continue their alumni engagement and enjoy engagement perks that support their leadership journey.  They can also take advantage of another LM program and encourage their networks to become involved through one of our programs.

LM leaders serve on more than 1,000 boards, committees and commissions in the county and region. Our network of leaders also serve more than 30,000 hours of volunteer work annually. 

Previous program participants stay engaged with Leadership Montgomery through involvement on LM committees, Board of Directors, and serve as program speakers and presenters. 

Since tuition covers less than half of the Leadership Montgomery operating budget, individuals, businesses and organizations that recognize Leadership Montgomery’s role in Montgomery County provide generous financial and in-kind support.

Leadership Montgomery welcomes program sponsors, program day hosts, event sponsors, donations for scholarship funds and access to community engagement opportunities.

Leadership Montgomery maintains a collaborative relationship with area community leadership programs and is a member of the Association of Leadership Professionals.


Help us build a legacy of leaders that inspire and advance Montgomery County, MD, and beyond.