A dynamic, professional development program which provides rising leaders between 25-35 years of age with the skills and connections necessary for success.


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Programs for Building a Network of Engaged Leaders


  • Nine monthly interactive sessions
  • Gain unique exposure to the issues and key players shaping Montgomery County
  • Hone critical professional skills such as public speaking, negotiation, conflict resolution, and relationship-building
  • Be paired with a mentor
  • Enhance your resume with participation in a well-respected organization 
  • Grow your professional network
Applications Open in January
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Emerging Leaders is a dynamic program that provides mid-level professionals with the critical tools and connections essential for success. This interactive experience is designed to inform, educate, and connect developing leaders.

Once-per-month for nine months, participants engage in a blend of professional development and an exploration of county issues to help prepare them as well-rounded leaders. The curriculum includes hands-on learning, in-depth discussions and mentoring.

Subject matter areas for the program include:

  • Montgomery County 101
  • Economic Development
  • Communication
  • Civic Engagement

Experiential learning components include: visits to unique county locations; on-camera media training; personalized mentor assignments; round-table discussions on economic development, real estate, transportation and other issues; active sessions that promote team-building; and program opening and closing retreats.

Mid-level professionals who either live or work in Montgomery County and are rising within the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. Typically, these professionals have at least 3 years of work experience in their field, are looking to enhance their abilities through professional development and plan a progressive career path toward higher positions of leadership.

Graduates leave the program as part of an exclusive alumni network of more than 2,500 emerging and established 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 to:

  • Learn from a mentor
  • Enhance their resume
  • Build their professional network
  •  Sharpen their skills in negotiation, relationship building, public speaking and conflict resolution

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.

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.

The 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders sessions occur once per month beginning September 17, 2021 and ending on May 13, 2022. All session dates can be found here. 

Applicants MUST:

  1. Be a rising leader within their organization or industry and either live or work in Montgomery County
  2. Have the full support of the organization for whom the participant works
  3. Complete and submit an online application
  4. Submit 2 letters of recommendation with the completed application

The full tuition cost is $2,850 and tuition assistance is available. Tuition covers all costs including food, retreats and member benefits & events during the program year.

Interested candidates can apply online via the button above or contact us, at 301.881.3333 or rick.henry@leadermont.org

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

Applications Open January 2022

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