Applications for the next cohort, LEAD Maryland Class XIII (2024-2025), will be available in the Spring of 2023.
LEAD News and Events
LEAD's August 2022 Newsletter
Check out LEAD Maryland's August newsletter here!
About the Program:
The LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program, a University of Maryland Extension Signature Program, is provided through a collaborative effort between the LEAD Maryland Foundation and the University of Maryland Extension, along with many other organizations, businesses, and individuals that work to fund, plan, implement, and evaluate the program and its activities. LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to identifying and developing leadership to serve 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.
In 2019, the University of Maryland Extension designated the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program as an Extension Signature Program. To achieve this status, a program must meet the following seven criteria:
- Align with the mission of UME
- Meet critical clientele needs
- Incorporate research, evaluation, and scholarship
- Demonstrate the ability to be replicated
- Incorporate marketing and communication components
- Establish public value
- Demonstrate sustainability through ongoing UME funding
Through program participation, Fellows become more equipped to:
*Engage and Educate Others
*Shape Public Policy
Participants have diverse backgrounds with activities or interests in fields such as:
- Production Agriculture
- Natural Resources and the Environment
- Marketing and Distribution
- Government and Policy
- Science and Technology
- And many others within or serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities
LEAD recognizes that people learn best by engaging in the world around them, which is why seminars include a mix of both classroom instruction and site visits.
"Understanding the climate issues affecting the coastal counties allows me to better address these items when they are topics of discussion at local meetings."
~Class XI Fellow
Everyone has something valuable to bring to the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program.
"There is something for everyone and there is no shortage of knowledge to learn. Participants will find something to bring to their home community and farm, make new friends and business partners, and move forward professionally. They will also learn something they may not have been looking for."
~Alan Eck (Class X)
Are you interested in becoming a LEAD Maryland Fellow?
Contact us to learn more!
Office: 410-827-8056; Mobile: 410-703-1094
I give so much of the credit for my professional career to LEAD Maryland. The listening skills, conflict management, discussion skills, and understanding various aspects affecting agriculture across the state and in various regions of the state, helped me in my career.Holly Porter, Delmarva Chicken Association