“Leadership Essentials has proven to be an invaluable partner for Howard Bank, providing a unique opportunity for our best professionals to develop the skills required for both business and community leadership. Our participants confirm that the personal coaching and professional networking has enabled them to develop a strategy for achieving their personal and career goals. In the process, Leadership Essentials has helped Howard Bank fulfill its own corporate development goals.”

- Mary Ann Scully, President, Howard Bank

“Leadership Essentials provides skill based education combined with experiential learning that is so effective in developing our emerging leaders. The health care marketplace is in the throes of dynamic change, and we need leaders in the future who are able to apply a wide range of tools to be successful in this constantly evolving environment. Leadership Essentials has provided these tools to our colleagues who have participated. We will continue to nominate our young leaders for this invaluable program.”

- Paul Gleichauf, Senior Vice President for Planning and Marketing, Howard County General Hospital

“Leadership Essentials provided a cost-effective method of comprehensive development for a future leader that we otherwise not have been able to provide. Being a nonprofit ourselves, we particularly like the service component and focus on the community.”

- Lori Chatman, President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund


“The Leadership Essentials program was a great experience and continues to enhance my career on a daily basis. Through the informative class sessions, insightful coaching experience, and community impact project I gained crucial skills which have expanded my level of professional effectiveness. I have no doubt that these skills; along with the contacts I have developed in the Leadership Howard County community will help to put me in a position of success as a future leader in both the community and my organization.”

- Casey Hughes, Harkins Builders, Class of 2012

"As alumni of the Leadership Essentials Program, I was most impressed with the community outreach projects and networking opportunities. My experience included building significant relationships that I am certain I will maintain both personally and professionally. It is my opinion that business owners will benefit from this program while connecting with emerging leaders and exchanging good practices with local experts. It was a pleasure to take part in such an innovative and motivating organization."

- Monique Washington-Jones, Washington's Karate Dojo, Class of  2012

“My experience with the program has exceeded my expectations. The education, coaching, and networking aspects of the program have already paid dividends for myself and my company. I’m very glad I made the decision to participate.”

- Adam Joss, The Vertical Connection, Class of 2010 

“Leadership Essentials is a very well-rounded program. You get just the right amount of instruction, coaching, and community service.”

- Anne Brown, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), Class of 2010