Connecting Our Region’s Execs

LM’s flagship program is designed for experienced leaders across all sectors, who want to gain a deeper understanding of local issues, connect with other key decision-makers, and explore ways to collaboratively strengthen our community.


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Programs for Building a Network of Engaged Leaders


  • Nine monthly, interactive sessions
  • Executive level conversations with key county decision makers and influencers (ex: School Superintendent, Police Chief, Fire Chief, business and nonprofit CEOs)
  • Q and A with members of Congress, County Council
  • Insider visits to leading companies and organizations
  • Immersive experiences (example: training simulation at the Public Service Training Academy)
  • Peer learning and networking
  • Case studies and demonstrations
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The CORE (Connecting Our Regions Execs) Program is the premiere 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.

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 Montgomery County.

The program provides participants with an unprecedented opportunity to dialog and engage with Montgomery County’s most seasoned leaders and decision makers as they explore pressing issues and examine the important trends that will shape the county in the future.

In addition, participants will also benefit from the expert feedback and insights of their fellow participants as they work together in Sounding Board “consulting” teams to address individual and organizational challenges.

While there is no ‘one-size-fits all’ approach for program acceptance, participants typically possess the following:

  • Years of professional experience: 10 years +
  • Job Title(s): C-Suite, VP, Managing/Executive Director, Partner, Owner, Chief/Assistant Chief, Superintendent/Associate Superintendent.
  • Organizational responsibilities: Decision-making, personnel and budgetary oversight for departments, divisions.

Participants leave the program as part of an alumni network of more than 2,500 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 collectively move Montgomery County forward.

Organizations supportive of their staff member’s participation can gain additional visibility and recognition as being committed to the improvement of  Montgomery County as well as engaged employees with access to a network that can assist in helping businesses thrive.

The CORE Program occurs once-per-month from September to May of each year, with two-day retreats in September and May. Each session day typically runs from 9:00AM-5:00PM.   Session dates for the Class of 2023:

  • September 22 – 23, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • December 14, 2022
  • January 11, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 12, 2023
  • May 18 – 19, 2023

Applicants MUST:

  1. Currently serve in a senior executive role within the public, private or nonprofit sector
  2. Either live or work in Montgomery County
  3. Have the full support of the organization for whom the applicant works
  4. Complete and submit an online application
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation with your application

The full tuition cost is $5,900.  Tuition assistance is available.

We are moving forward with an in-person curriculum for the 2021-22 leadership programs. While Montgomery County continues to lead the nation in COVID vaccination rates, Leadership Montgomery (LM) remains vigilant with the health and safety of our constituents and partners.

  • We will continue to monitor and adhere to all federal, state, and local guidelines around COVID-related policies.
  • When we gather for in-person events/programs, LM will continue to practice and encourage social distancing, supporting elbow bumps over handshakes.
  • Regardless of Montgomery County’s risk area designation for COVID transmissions (as defined by the CDC), LM will continue to require mask usage while indoors for all attendees/participants, regardless of vaccination/booster status.
  • Some event venues will require additional safety measures while on their premises (proof of vaccination, outdoor mask usage, etc). We will follow the policies of each venue/business and will notify all event attendees/participants accordingly..

This policy is subject to change as guidelines are updated. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

If more stringent gathering restrictions are put into place, we will cultivate an exciting hybrid experience utilizing video conferencing and smaller, outdoor gatherings similar to the successful 2020-21 leadership program year.

Interested candidates can apply online via the button above or contact us at 301.881.3333 or

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