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


  • Seven monthly interactive sessions
  • Leadership skills curriculum developed and facilitated by certified Leadership and Development professionals
  • Team projects
  • Interactive tours
  • Engagement with established multi-sector leaders
  • Enhanced knowledge of Montgomery County government, business and nonprofit sectors
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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.

Participants develop their leadership capabilities through a curriculum designed and facilitated by certified Learning and Development professionals. Participants build their knowledge of the county through site visits, engagement with leaders from across the sectors, and team projects that address pressing county-wide issues.

As a result, they emerge as more well-rounded, informed and connected leaders who are better able to plan and implement a progressive path toward higher positions of leadership.

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

  • Years of professional experience: 3-5 years
  • Job Title(s) Manager, Program/Project Manager, Program Director, Specialist, Supervisor, Associate
  • Organizational responsibilities:  Program/Project Management, Duties defined by a specific functional area, such as Communications, Budget, Development

Participants 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.

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 EL Program occurs once-per-month from October to May (excluding December) of each year. Each session day typically runs from 9:00AM-4:00PM.   Session dates for the Class of 2023:

  • October 20, 2022
  • November 17, 2022
  • January 12, 2023
  • February 16, 2023
  • March 16, 2023
  • April 13, 2023
  • May 11, 2023

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 $2,900. Tuition assistance is available.

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

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