Leadership Essentials from ASPIRE

Leadership Essentials is a six-month leadership development program for emerging leaders offered through Loyola University Maryland, in collaboration with Leadership Howard County. From December – June each year, a diverse cohort of approximately 30 individuals from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors strengthen their leadership skills through full-day sessions, one-on-one coaching, and a community service project. 

Core Components

Skill-building Sessions: The full cohort will meet 1-2 times/month for sessions on leadership topics such as self-awareness, communication skills, high performing teams, conflict management, and more. Sessions are facilitated by subject matter experts.

Leadership Coaching: Participants will meet one-on-one with a leadership coach twice/month to determine personal and professional goals, explore challenges at work, and create an action plan. Coaches will help participants develop critical thinking skills, strengthen relationships, and manage conflict.

Community Impact Projects: Teams from the cohort will support a local nonprofit and further develop their teamwork, project management, and communication skills.


Applications for Leadership Essentials 2024 have closed. Applications for Leadership Essentials 2025 will open in the Summer of 2024 and be due in October 2024. For more information, please contact Katherine Keefe, LE Program Consultant at kkeefe@loyola.edu or schedule an informational meeting. Follow Leadership Essentials on LinkedIn and Facebook

Leadership Essentials is offered in collaboration with Leadership Howard County.