MLW Announces Merger With Leadership Maryland

Today we are very excited to announce that MLW and Leadership Maryland have completed a merger to join our two organizations. Under the agreement, MLW becomes a division of Leadership Maryland and will continue to host our summer programs and community outreach activities. Anita Durall Anderson will remain in the role of Executive Director. Together, we now offer a continuum of statewide programming that educates and empowers local leaders from middle school through retirement and beyond. Download the press release: Leadership Maryland Merges with MLW.


Staff Applications Now Being Accepted

We’re pleased to announce that MLW is now accepting applications from those interested in staffing our 2017 summer programs. Instructions:

  1. Click HERE to access our online application system.
  2. Click on “view” for “2017 MLW Staff Application”
  3. If you’ve never staffed before, click “add” under “New Staff.” If you have, select “add” under “Returning Staff”
  4. Click “continue” on the right side bar under “Your Selections”
  5. Enter your email address under “Lookup Account” and click “next”
  6. If you did have an account, enter your password and proceed. If not, fill in your name and birthday and proceed.
  7. You should now be able to fill in your information, see the staff description, and answer the necessary questions
  8. Click “continue to cart”
  9. Click “complete” and you are finished!
  10. You’ll receive a confirmation email with a bunch of forms attached. You can ignore those for now. Staff who gets hired will be required to complete them at a later date.

If you have any questions, contact our Staff Recruitment Coordinator, Ben Kilduff, at Thank you!

Registration for MLW 2017 Is Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce that applications for all five of MLW’s summer programs are now being accepted! If you would like to register online and pay with your credit card, please click here for further instructions. If you would like to pay by check, please download a Word or PDF version of the application using the links below.

Thursday Wrap-Up

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Yesterday we finished the second round of workshops! We highlighted Diversity and Public Speaking and Facilitation yesterday, and here’s what we did in Advocacy!

Advocacy: Delegates will define advocacy and understand the importance of being a student advocate, identify techniques for advocating effectively, explore the different roles of motivation and empowerment as tools for advocacy, understand the components of an Advocacy Strategy Plan and analyze their order, and practice advocating for a cause or issue by creating an Advocacy Strategy plan.

Committees are well on their way to completing their tasks. In particular, the Talent Show committee knocked it out of the park by presenting an amazing showcase with all kinds of talents!

In REALITY, The Conductors presented their project on arts funding to Eliot Pfanstiehl and Monica Jeffries from Strathmore, a world-class music and arts center in Montgomery County. All other groups finalized last details as their presentations are today. And in group meeting, we continued the fun and games that forge bonds among the delegates – bonds that will last far beyond Saturday.

We’ll see you all tomorrow at Gibson Center for the Arts – the same building where check-in took place. The closing ceremony is from 10:45-11:30am, and dismissal will be immediately following.

Wednesday Wrap-Up


Round Two of workshops started today! Here’s some of the content that will be covered in Round Two:

Diversity: Delegates will identify the aspects of cultural identity, understand and analyze perceptions of different individuals and their cultural identities, determine the benefits of diversity and how these benefits are essential to leadership, and examine barriers to cultural competency and how to break through them.

Public Speaking and Facilitation: Delegates will identify personal strengths and challenges with public speaking, compare and contrast effective public speaking strategies, define facilitation and identify its importance within group interaction, and distinguish between contexts for public speaking and facilitation

The seminar prior to dinner was on Courageous Conversations. As leaders, it’s important to be able to work with people from backgrounds different than our own. Knowing how to navigate those difficult conversations that are sometimes necessary for us to recognize and realize our differences is an important skill for leaders of today to master.

We are continuing to work together in Committees (where we tend to be pretty product-focused) and in REALITY (which is sometimes a bit more process-focused), and we’re playing lots of games. Tonight we had even more group meeting time, which many teams spent outside playing Messy Games! We can’t believe the week is already halfway over. We’ve been working (and playing) hard, and it’s going by so quickly.

Tuesday Wrap-Up


As of yesterday afternoon, all delegates have completed Round One of workshops. Yesterday we highlighted the objectives of Group Dynamics and Decision Making. The third workshop in the round was Self Awareness:

Self Awareness: Delegates identified components of their strengths, values, motivations, and relationships and determined why it’s important to be aware of them. They built a list of their own values, needs, leadership experiences, goals, strengths, challenges, and interests and explored the relationship between self-awareness and leadership. At the end of the week, ask your child what his or her DISC assessment type is, and what his or her values are.

Committees met again, as they will every day. See yesterday’s post for details about workshop content and committee titles. Delegates also had a mini workshop on Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. They continued to work on their projects in REALITY, talked about their progress on their goals in Tuning, and played group games and team bonding activities in Group Meeting. Ask your child what his/her favorite group game is!


Today was our first full day together, and it was indeed full! We started our first round of workshops, which include the following content:

Decision Making: Delegates distinguished between individual and group decisions, identified the steps of the decision making model, worked to understand the relationship between values and decision making, and compared and contrasted decision making styles.

Group Dynamics: Delegates learned the individual stages of the Group Interaction Model, compared and contrasted various group roles and their contributions to the group’s performance, differentiated between different types of groups, and analyzed group dynamics in specific contexts. At the end of the week, ask your child which group role he or she most naturally falls into.

After lunch, committees met for the first time, tasked to plan the following program components or activities:
Field Day
Program Evaluation
Keep In Touch
Closing Ceremony
Friday Dance
Community ID

Because of the heat, we postponed picture day until Wednesday, when it’s supposed to cool down to a balmy 92 degrees. Ahhh…summer in Maryland!

Just before dinner, delegates went to their first REALITY session, which is when they have an opportunity to work on a rea-lifel project but also practice their new leadership skills in a safe environment.

Last night’s activity was a games night in the indoor field house. Delegates got to have fun, burn off some steam, and meet other delegates outside of their group. We top the day of with a fire safety drill, and then finally lights out.

SHW First Day!

What a great kickoff to our week together! After the parents left, delegates were taken around campus to orient them to all the buildings where activities will take place throughout the week.  They then got to see their group rooms decorated to fit their teams, and they played games to start getting to know their teammates. The Senior High teams this year are Marvel, State of Mind (about the movie “Inside Out”), The Conductors, Tricky, SPLAT!, Hollywood, and NOLA.

Before dinner we had a “Community Meeting” where delegates got to hear from Program Directors Emily Petersen and Grace Chao, meet all the staff members, and hear from Executive Director Anita Anderson. After that, they broke into their “Tuning Groups,” which is when they get they get the opportunity for coaching in small groups with a staff member.

Then delegates participated in their first workshop. During “What is Leadership?”  they discovered and discussed the many different definitions of leadership. They explored how the meaning or application of leadership can differ from person to person and situation to situation. In the end, each team was tasked with coming up with their own definition of leadership to which they will refer the rest of the week.

The last formal activity of the evening is a special MLW tradition called “Visions.” This is a time where staff members share a quote, song, story, or other meaningful experience with the entire group in order for delegates to get to know them a on a deeper level. At the end of the week, ask your child his/her favorite vision that was shared!

The day ended, as they all will, with a hall meeting and then lights out. See you tomorrow!

Thursday Wrap-Up!

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This morning delegates completed their Round Two workshops. We highlighted two of the four workshops yesterday, and here are the other two

  • Diversity, taught by Scott Jones and Maggie Chen

  • Evolution of Leadership, taught by Olivia Keithley and Pearson Benson:

These were the last workshops of the week! Ask your child what his/her favorite Round Two workshop was! Now, while delegates are working in their Committees and in their MIX groups, they have a full set of leadership skills and tools at their disposal.

The Variety Show Committee knocked it out of the park tonight as delegates participated in a phenomenal talent show that encompassed everything from dance and music to comedy and origami. The rest of the Committees are making great headway and most have completed their plans.

We can’t believe tomorrow is our last full day! We look forward to seeing you at 10:30 on Saturday for the Closing Ceremony in Gibson Center for the Arts (the same building where Check-In took place).

Wednesday Wrap-Up!

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We can’t believe our week is half over already! Today we started Round Two of workshops: Advocacy, Pressure and Decision Making; Diversity; and Evolution of Leadership.

Highlights of two of our Round Two workshops:

  • Advocacy, taught by Abby Sweeney and Grant Kilduff: delegates worked to define and understand passion as well as what it means to be passionate, define advocacy and examine topics most commonly advocated for, analyze the relationship between advocacy and passion, identify, compare, and contrast various methods of proper advocacy in different situations, and acknowledge different personalities and develop ways to incorporate them when advocating.  Ask your child what he or she wants to advocate for!

  • Pressure and Decision Making, taught by Ciara Albrittain and Lexi Pumphrey: delegates worked to identify sources of pressure, list pressures faced in everyday life by middle school students, brainstorm and discuss various strategies that would be effective in dealing with different kinds of pressure, create and apply a personal decision-making model, and analyze how strategies for handling leadership can make a leader more effective. Ask your child about his or her very own decision-making model!

Delegates also attended their second MIX and continued to work in Committees. They played games in group meeting and got some down time during recreation.

Tonight’s activity: Messy Games – an MLW favorite!!!