Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LEAD 2013 On a Mission

LEAD Southern Maryland empowers, inspires and provides the tools to enable teens to reach their full potential as leaders, establishing a connection within their community through leadership, experience, advocacy and discipline. LEAD reaches out to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's county areas. Under the sponsorship and guidance of Leadership Southern Maryland, it is the goal and mission of LEAD to provide access to and mentoring with regional business, military and community leaders, combining this vast network of mentors and leaders with the diverse teens in our community, and matching young leaders with opportunities to not only express their ideas for our region, but also help them realize the innovative projects that are born in our program. LEAD and LSM partner to provide delegates with community service opportunities that challenge the way they think and take ownership of their community. Delegates will be exposed to twenty --two hours of documented leadership training to include Group dynamics, Diversity, Team Building, Project Planning, Public Speaking and Service Learning. Blind registration allows for a multi-cultural as well as broad socio-economic group of young people who are brought together as individuals, but leave as part of a collaborative community effort ready to tackle real world projects, ideas and problems in their respective schools, communities and homes. Through our bridge with the adult leadership program, delegates are given an opportunity to bring their ideas in front of a panel of community business and educational leaders in the form of a final project, completing their time at LEAD Teen Leadership Workshop, but just beginning the passion and innovation that these delegates will bring back to their counties. Each LEAD delegate will be introduced to various civic organizations, such as the St. Mary's River Watershed Association, in a successful effort to engage with the stewards of their communities and the Chesapeake Bay. Won't you join us for our best year ever?! Early-bird Registration begins online January 2, 2013 .

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Meet Yurell Washington, LEAD 2011/2012 Scholarship Recipient

My name is Yurell Washington; I am a junior at Westlake high school of Charles County Maryland.  Some of my hobbies include volunteering with the Charles County Community Foundation, skiing, lacrosse, and reading.
Two years ago when my Mom first told my sister and I about an overnight Leadership program in Southern Maryland where we could live on campus for a few days and learn things about Leadership Skills.    Yasmine and I, well, we were not sure if we wanted to go. But now that we did, we are glad.  I have been fortunate enough to attend the Maryland Leadership Workshops and Lead SOMD for two years in a row and have received a scholarship for both years that I have attended.  The scholarship opened doors that may not have been opened for me, and also gave me a chance to try my hand at writing a short essay.  The application process also gave me an idea of what it will be like in the future when I begin to write essays for scholarships to College in two years. Receiving the Lead SOMD scholarship has meant a lot to me because it has allowed me to attend this wonderful program. Without the scholarship I may have never been able to experience the MLW Magic. My first experience was at St. Mary’s College in 2011.  During my stay I was able to meet a lot of new kids my age and older. I learned a lot of new things and did fun group projects.  The second program I went to was the Senior High Work Shop at Washington College in Chestertown Maryland. Staying on this campus gave me an idea of what it will be like when I go to College, when I graduate in 2014.  Not only did I like the campus and living in a dorm for a week, but the SHW program had twice as many kids from different parts of Maryland that I was able to meet and learn new things with.   As a MLW and Lead SOMD graduate two years in a row I would encourage you to attend.  It will be an experience that you will remember for a life time.  I’m glad that I did.    One of my best experiences at Lead SOMD was this summer when we went on a day trip on a barge, to participate with the Oyster Restoration Project with the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association to plant over 500,000 oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. I learned that oysters serve an important purpose in preserving the Bay.  The Save the Bay Campaign was a very good learning experience for me.
In ending, I would like to thank Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Hopkins and all of the MLW staff who work long hours reading essays and applications year after year.  I would also like to thank the private individuals and companies who donate to the scholarship fund to allow everyone an equal opportunity to attend and to have a fun learning experience with MLW.
And lastly I would simply like to thank everyone who has made my attendance to this program possible. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

What People are Talking About: Read 2 Lead

Join Emily Harman and Kim Mozingo for an exciting new book club for Southern Maryland. Read 2 Lead is not your typical book club, it is designed to bring together a varied group of leaders who can learn from each other's experiences, read and discuss great books and encourage a lasting dialogue between Southern Marylanders. Read 2 Lead meets monthly at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Find Read 2 Lead on Facebook: . Contact Kim: 240-416-0012 or Emily: 240-298-7312 or email .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LSM Recruitment News

The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Board of Directors announced today that they will host three informal breakfast meetings in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert County to invite potential candidates to learn more about the benefits of LSM. Board, Alumni and Class 2012 members will be available to share information about the LSM Program and Application Process with interested LSM candidates. Meeting locations include:
St. Mary’s
January 16, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Civista Health Foundation, Inc.
La Plata, MD 20646
January 23, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Calvert County Department of
Economic Development,
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
January 30, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Technology Security Associates, Inc.
California, MD 20619
An RSVP is required to attend. To RSVP, please contact Karen Holcomb, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland via email or call 240-725-5469; messages welcome! To learn more about LSM, please visit, , and

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program specially designed to develop leaders from the Southern Maryland area for regional collaboration. The LSM program is dedicated to building a cadre of informed regional leaders, prepared to address common issues and bring long-term benefit to their neighbors and communities. LSM values diversity and seeks a cross-section of leaders from across the region.

Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid to senior level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a not-for-profit organization. 

September 16 & 17, 2013 LSM Orientation Session - Mandatory
October 17 & 18, 2013 Energy & Environment, Agriculture & Chesapeake Bay
November 21, 2013 Defense
December, 2013 No Program Scheduled
January 23, 2014 Public Safety
February 20, 2014 Housing & Human Services
March 6, 2014 Health Care
March 20, 2014 Education
April 10, 2014 Economic & Workforce Development
May 1 & 2, 2014 Multi-Culturalism & Reception, Wrap-up & Graduation

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Profiles in LEADership: Meet Christian Jarboe

I am currently a senior at St. Mary's Ryken High School.  I work at a local defense contractor as a Junior Marketing Analyst.  In this job I help make video commercials and newspaper ads for the company.  I have my own studio and green room set up there which I built this past summer.  This is helping me to gain a lot more experience with film editing as I prepare to go to college next year.  Some of my other interests are playing soccer, shooting and editing short films, going to the gym, and learning new techniques for filmmaking.  

Recently I have been working on a Veterans Apprenticeship commercial for Technology Security Associates Inc. This is a recruiting program to hire veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to work at TSA.  It has been a long but rewarding experience so far. I recently finished shooting the video in the green room and recording the audio that I needed for the piece, and it is now in the process of being edited. I have also been working on a wide variety of other short films that I will include in my college portfolio.  You can see some of my work at my Vimeo site:  I plan to attend either Rochester Institute of Technology or Savannah College of Art and Design starting in the fall of 2013 and hope to major in digital filmmaking.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Visionary Leadership: Meet Mark De Luca and Holmes-Tucker International, Inc.

CEO / President Robert R. "Bob" Pastusek and Mark De Luca
Mark De Luca is a graduate of the LSM Class of 2010 and the board’s treasurer.  Mark found out about LSM through his friend Ken Carkhuff, LSM Class of 2009.  After a 21 year career in the US Air Force, Mark and his family were finally able to settle in St Mary’s county in 2006 and Mark had wanted to find a way to make a real difference for his new home.  LSM seemed to be it.

From the very first day of the program, Mark was impressed with his classmates’ incredible talent and sincere commitment to the region.  Throughout the year, Mark was inspired by the opportunities and the potential of working collaboratively with his classmates to meet the challenges.  When offered the chance to serve on the board he jumped on it.  Prior to graduation, Mark worked with his classmates to found the LSM Legacy Fund, the first endowment that serves the needs of the entire region, and over the ensuing two years worked with the Community Foundation of Charles County as it transformed into the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland.
Mark is committed to building LSM’s relationships with other community stakeholders and to ensuring LSM continues to provide the premier leadership program for others who desire to ensure that Southern Maryland continues to be a great place to live and work.

Mark is a systems engineer for Holmes-Tucker International, Inc., a small, employee-owned business that provides systems engineering, requirements management, test information management and ship/shore aviation requirements management for the Navy.  LSM depends on the support of many stakeholders and from the beginning Holmes-Tucker has been wholeheartedly supportive, allowing Mark to take time from his customer to complete the course of instruction and later to serve on the board.  Appreciating the need for the region’s leaders to understand the challenges of the Dept. of Defense, and of the Navy in particular, the company is proud to sponsor the LSM Defense and Industry day and, although a small company with just 35 employees, is an LSM Visionary, the highest tier of support in the LSM Leadership Circle.

“Being a part of LSM is one of the smartest things I’ve ever done,” said Mark.  “And I’m grateful to my teammates at Holmes-Tucker for giving me that opportunity.”