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September 06, 2011

Leadership Howard County (LHC) and Loyola University Maryland have a combined half-century of experience in providing Howard County leaders with the tools and education they need to succeed in their fields and make positive contributions to their communities. Now, collaboration between the two will offer area leaders additional resources for building their skills.

To provide prospective participants an opportunity to learn more about the added value of the new collaboration as well as meet program administrators, faculty, and alumni, Loyola will host a Wine & Cheese Night on Sept. 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m., at Loyola’s Graduate Center—Columbia Campus.

The joint venture aims to help the program—which was launched by LHC in 2007 and has served more than 80 local emerging leaders—continue its growth. Leadership Essentials, a six-month, non-credit leadership development program for emerging professionals was designed to address the gap between the skills provided by formal education and the full development of seasoned professionals. The program offers a skill-building program that includes three components: monthly workshops, individual coaching and team-based projects that address the needs of local nonprofit organizations.

Loyola will provide overall administration program space and access to campus resources and faculty, and will contribute to the pipeline of consulting opportunities for the program. The collaboration also gives the university, which has offered graduate business programs in Columbia for more than 30 years, an opportunity to strengthen its already-vital ties to the Howard County community.

“Leadership Essentials places young professionals on the main stage of Howard County community affairs, and the resources that Loyola brings to the table could make the program a springboard for state and national involvement as well,” said 2009 Leadership Essentials graduate Jesse Guercio, a mental health program manager at Humanim Inc. “I think this affiliation will have a powerful synergistic effect and I’m excited to see what the future holds for these organizations.”

Leadership Essentials is now recruiting for its next class, which begins in January 2012 at Loyola’s Graduate Center–Columbia Campus. Applicants must live or work in Howard County and should demonstrate a commitment to developing as leaders and a strong interest in participating in community service. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7.

Applicants may contact Assistant Dean Ann Attanasio at or visit the Leadership Essentials website for more information.

For more information or questions regarding this story, contact Media Relations Manager Nick Alexopulos at or 410-617-5025.