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Thank you to all who attended the presetations from Dr. Shaffer.

Dr. Timothy Shaffer Presents:

Civil Discourse, Deliberative Engagement, and Leading with Humility   

This virtual two-part series, consisting of a presentation on February 23, and a follow-up workshop on February 25, is a collaborative effort between the LEAD Maryland Foundation and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. Funding is provided by the Rural Maryland Council and a grant from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF).

Please join the members of LEAD Class XI on Tuesday, February 23, from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, as Dr. Timothy Shaffer leads guests in a virtually-delivered presentation that defines civil discourse, and explains why it is critical to democracy and within our communities.  The presentation will be followed by a brief, open discussion. 

Then on Thursday, February 25, from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Dr. Shaffer returns to deliver a virtual workshop that explores this topic even further, and helps us to identify what we, as individuals, can do to contribute. 


LEAD Information Sessions Announced  (New dates will be added soon.)

Registration Open Now!

LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program information sessions, provided on Zoom, are being offered monthly.  The sessions are for anyone interested in participating in the Program's next class, Class XII (2022-2023). Potential applicants can meet virtually to hear from current Fellows, Alumni, and Program leaders about their experiences in the Program. There is no charge to attend an information session, but registration in advance is required. 

An information session is offered February 16.

February 16

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Information Session on the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program:

Register HERE.

(Registration will close on February 15).

Agenda and instructions on how to participate will be provided following registration.


January 6, 2021: 

We have an updated brochure for information for anyone interested in applying for the next class, LEAD Class XII to apply in 2021 for participation in 2022-23. 

Please request a brochure by sending an email to:



Inspiration While Leading Remotely

The annual LEAD Maryland Alumni Social was held Sunday, December 6, featuring Sports Director of WBAL-T.V. 11 and Voice of the Baltimore Ravens GERRY SANDUSKY!

The event was held via Zoom. Gerry's message centered around the theme, "Inspiration While Leading Remotely," and how to turn problems into opportunities.  Gerry spent a generous amount of time giving tips and instruction on how to present your brand while being on Zoom, and helped us with our public speaking skills.  The dcussion was terrific and covered different perspectives of how everyone, and society as a whole, is dealing with the pandemic, and how society is changing because of it. Attendees then used an hour to virtually meet and mingle with LEAD Fellows (all classes!), friends, and guests.

Thank you to the LEAD Maryland Foundation for sponsoring this year's Alumni Social. There was no fee to attend the event. Please consider making a donation to the LEAD Maryland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to support this and future programs. Every donation is greatly appreciated.


November 30, 2020--For a limited time, the most recent video recording of the presentation from Trey Hill is available here.  See the video if you are interested in learning about the experiences of green planting at Harborview Farms. In this presentation, made on November 18, 2020, Trey Hill shares the results from this year on the use of green planting in corn and soybean fields to increase the soil health. Our thanks to Trey and everyone at Harborview Farms!




July 9, 2020--The presentation from May 29 is no longer available. The recording was posted for  a limited time, and we thank Trey Hill for allowing us to record and share the presentation.

May 29, 2020-- For a limited time, the video recording of the presentation and virtual farm tour by Trey Hill and Michael Legg (LEAD Class IX) is available.

Presenting: Trey Hill, Sustainability and Innovatin at Harborview Farms

Thank you to Trey Hill and Michael Legg and the team at Harborview Farms.  Thank you to the LEAD Maryland Alumni Committee for hosting the presentation.



    Update as of May 2020: The application for the next class, LEAD Class XII is now one year later, due to the COVID-19 closures and cancellations.  Applications for Class XII will now be available June 1 of 2021, and applications will be due October 1 of 2021.   Class XII will participate in 2022-23. This delay allows Class XI Fellows the needed time to complete their Fellowships, and this new schedule will provide the best program possible for Class XII.

    About the Program:

    The LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program increases the numbers and capacity of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

    The LEAD Program awards a two-year fellowship to selected participants, creating classes of 20-25 emerging leaders.  The LEAD Fellowship curriculum focuses on providing public issues education, skills building, leadership development, and personal growth.

    Through program participation, Fellows become more equipped to solve problems, identify resources, engage and educate others, lead communities, and to shape public policy.

    The LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program is provided through a collaborative effort.  The LEAD Maryland Foundation and the University of Maryland Extension and many other organizations, businesses, and individuals work to plan, implement, evaluate, and fund the Fellowship Program and its activities. Fellows also pay a participation fee. Thank you to all LEAD Program partners, funders, participants, and volunteers.

    The University of Maryland Extension designated the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program as an Extension Signature Program in 2019. 

    What once began as an idea of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has become a network of leadership programs around the nation and at international locations as well.  See this link to a W.K. Kellogg Foundation brochure from the early years of LEAD Maryland (2000).

    Below are images from Class X seminars. Images credit: Remsberg, Inc.



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    LEAD Maryland Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, all donations are tax deductible.

    Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and organizations for funding the LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit. 

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