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
  • Unparalleled networking
  • Gain unique and diverse perspectives on critical issues
  • Go behind the scenes of some of the county’s most unique and cutting edge businesses
  • Thought-provoking discussions and interactive activities
Applications Open January 2022
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The CORE (Connecting Our Regions Execs) Program is the premiere offering of Leadership Montgomery. This interactive experience is designed to inform,  educate, and connect the seasoned leaders and decision makers of Montgomery County to the resources and expertise of other local leaders.

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.

Subject matter areas for the program include:

  • Public Safety
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Diversity
  • Real Estate and Transportation
  • Arts
  • County and State Government

Experiential learning components include: a guided bus tour of Montgomery County; a trip to Annapolis; a visit to MoCo’s Correctional Facility in Clarksburg and Public Service Training Academy. In addition, the program includes opening and closing overnight retreats.

To enhance the CORE program experience, a bonus “Intro to Race Equity” pre-session will be offered exclusively to the 2021 cohort. This enrichment session is a one-day workshop designed to provide an additional opportunity to explore race equity and its impact as it relates to future program session topics. The session will be offered prior to the opening retreat and, although not mandatory, participation is highly encouraged.

Seasoned leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who either live or work in Montgomery County. Typically, these leaders are senior executives in their respective organizations.

Graduates 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.

Our graduates can expect:

  • Collaborative civic engagement
  • Unparalleled networking
  • Visits to unique businesses and venues around the county

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 2021-2022 CORE Program sessions occur once per month beginning September 23, 2021 and ending on May 20, 2022. All session dates can be found here.

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 prior to the application deadline

The full tuition cost is $5,600 and tuition assistance is available. Tuition covers all costs including food, retreats and member benefits & events during the program year.

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 encourage social distancing, supporting elbow bumps over handshakes.
  • While Montgomery County remains in the “moderate” or “low” risk categories (as defined by the CDC), masks will be optional for those who are fully vaccinated. For the safety of those who are yet to be vaccinated, we ask those individuals to continue wearing masks while attending LM events.
    • If/When Montgomery County is elevated into the “substantial” or “high” risk categories, we will require masks indoors for all attendees/participants, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Some event venues will require the usage of masks while on their premises, regardless of vaccination status. 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

Do you want to join the next CORE class of Leadership Montgomery?

Applications Open January 2022

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