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Registration Now Open for Maryland Leadership Workshops Summer 2018 Programs

UMBC is the new host for Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students

Annapolis, Md. (January 22, 2018) – Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland, announces that registration for its Summer 2018 programs is now open for middle and high school students. The organization also announces the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as the new host for the summer curriculum.

“We are very excited to bring our 2018 Summer programs to UMBC, and offer our delegates the opportunity to experience life on this diverse campus,” said Anita Durall Anderson, Executive Director, Maryland Leadership Workshops. “Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC president, is an inaugural member of our parent organization, Leadership Maryland, which made this partnership yet another fortuitous opportunity to promote integration between our organizations.”

“It is important that we give students the tools to be successful and empowered at a young age. My work with Leadership Maryland afforded me a firsthand look at the impact programs like this can have, and I am delighted that UMBC will be helping to extend the workshops’ reach,” said Freeman A. Hrabowski, III ’93, president, UMBC.

Maryland Leadership Workshops offers five peer-led, week-long residential programs that empower and inspire middle and high school students to succeed and be more engaged in their schools and communities:

  • Middle School Experience in Leadership (July 22-28, 2018): For students entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018. Students begin to develop their individual leadership skills and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for leadership in their schools and communities.
  • Bridge (July 15-21, 2018): For experienced student leaders entering grades 8 or 9 in 2018, who are ready for more intensive training and practice prior to entering Senior High Workshops.
  • Senior High Workshop (July 29 – August 4, 2018): For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018. A fun, challenging, inspiring, and fulfilling week-long experience for teens that helps them develop leadership skills needed to succeed in diverse environments.
  • Advanced Leadership Seminar (July 15-21, 2018): For high school students who have attended Senior High Workshop or have completed an equivalent program/leadership experience. This program challenges students to re-examine themselves as individuals and leaders through innovative workshops crafted according to their unique needs, individual goal setting and a culminating project focused on real-world application of leadership skills.
  • Journey (July 15-21, 2018): For Howard County girls entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018. Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County. At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence.

Each program offers a supportive and fun environment to foster increased independence, self-esteem and confidence for a diverse composition of students from around Maryland and the country. Program participants, known as delegates, develop concepts and skills during workshops, group projects, committee responsibilities and small group discussion sessions. Other activities include games, variety shows, dances, and opportunities for delegates to lead activities for their peers.

Registration for the Summer 2018 programs is available online at Registration closes on May 15, 2018. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Anita Durall Anderson at 301-444-8623.


Staff Applications Now Being Accepted!


We’re pleased to announce that MLW is now accepting applications from those interested in staffing our 2018 summer programs. Instructions are below:




  1. Click HERE to access our online application system.
  2. Click on “view” for “2018 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.
  11. First-time staff applicants: you may be contacted for a phone interview. From there, selected applicants will be invited to interview in person on either March 3rd or 4th at Strathmore in North Bethesda (Montgomery County).

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

Maryland Leadership Workshops Announces 2018 Leadership Team

Leadership team will hire and train staff, create framework for Summer 2018 middle and high school programs

Annapolis, Md. (December 11, 2017) – Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland, has announced its 2018 leadership team. These 12 individuals will be responsible for creating the framework for each of MLW’s five peer-led, week-long middle and high school programs to be held in July 2018, as well as its year-round community outreach programs. The leadership team will also hire and train the staff who will work directly with MLW’s more than 300 delegates.

The 2018 MLW leadership team is:

  • Nia Calhoun of Anne Arundel County, Director, Advanced Leadership Seminar
  • Kori Jones of Howard County, Director, Bridge
  • Emma Graybill of Anne Arundel County, Director, Journey
  • Sandra Goldstein of Calvert County, Director, Middle School Experience in Leadership
  • Tres McMichael of Baltimore County, Assistant Director, Middle School Experience in Leadership
  • Emily Peterson of Howard County, Director, Senior High Workshop
  • Jessica Qiu of Howard County, Assistant Director, Senior High Workshop
  • Alexya Brown of Calvert County, Outreach Director
  • Nick Schmitz of Calvert County, Outreach Assistant Director
  • Diane D’Costa of Howard County, Staff Training Coordinator
  • Rick Mikulis of Howard County, Staff Training Coordinator
  • Ben Kilduff of Carroll County, Staff Recruitment Coordinator

“Establishing our leadership team is an important milestone each year, as these individuals play a critical role in shaping our curriculum, as well as hiring our staff and overseeing their completion of an extensive two-month training program,” said Anita Durall Anderson, Executive Director, Maryland Leadership Workshops. “These leaders were chosen for their demonstrated enthusiasm and passion for our programs, as well as their commitment to delivering a challenging, inspiring, and fun experience for our future delegates.”

To learn more about Maryland Leadership Workshops, please visit, or contact Anita Durall Anderson at 301-444-8623.

About Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland
Maryland Leadership Workshops is Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. In existence since 1955, Maryland Leadership Workshops has provided generations of participants – known as delegates – with an incomparable experience to discover and develop strengths and skills essential to lifelong leadership. Using the model of facilitative instruction unique among youth leadership programs, delegates take ownership of personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups. To learn more, please call Maryland Leadership Workshops at 301-444-8623 or visit

All in the Family: Parents and Kids find Inspiration and Self-Realization in State Leadership Programs

LM New logo SquareMLW_2017logo“It was life changing. I really believe that.”

That is how Kim Coble ‘04 describes the effect that participating in Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) has had on her two children.

Coble, vice president of Environmental Protection and Restoration for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was so inspired by her own experience in Leadership Maryland, that she wanted her kids to have the same learning opportunity and exposure to diversity at a young age. So she registered them both for MLW, the division of Leadership Maryland that provides leadership development for middle and high school students.

“Leadership Maryland greatly expanded my appreciation for the state of Maryland,” she said. “You get exposed to things that you aren’t normally in your day-to-day life. My kids were at an age where I really wanted them to tap into their own skillset and I thought that MLW would help them do that. I was intrigued by a program that had a very creative approach to building leadership skills.”

In Leadership Maryland, Coble benefited not only from the increased knowledge and appreciation of the state, but also from being able to take an introspective look at her own leadership skills and talents. This was a benefit she hoped to see her children gain as well when she introduced them to MLW, and she was very happy with the result.

“They started to really see their own leadership strengths internally,” she said. “They felt confident in drawing on and applying those skills. Their confidence in themselves went way up.”

This continuum of leadership – the opportunity to provide these life-changing experiences to adults and grade-school students alike – is exactly what Leadership Maryland and MLW envisioned when the organizations merged in 2017.

Betsy Pakenas ’14 was also inspired to send her children to MLW after completing her Leadership Maryland class year.

“Leadership Maryland broadened my perspective of the state,” she said. “I went to places I’d never been to and I grew up in the state. There were places I saw and experiences I had that helped me appreciate the variety of opinions and cultures right here in our own state.”

Friend and classmate Jason Israel ’14 recommended that Pakenas send her children to MLW, and her 14 year-old daughter and 16 year-old son are now in their second summer of the program.

“I loved the thought of my children getting exposure to other students across the state the same way I did with Leadership Maryland,” she said. “Plus, it’s a camp about leadership. All of us could use a fine-tuning of our leadership skills.”

Pakenas saw the effects of the program in her daughter immediately. A month after returning home from the sleep-away camp, she applied her new leadership skills and initiative to start a Harry Potter Club at her high school. She also started an all-girl band for which she plays drums and books gigs around town. Her mother describes her now as “fearless in making things happen.” Her brother is looking to start a radio station at school.

Jason Israel’s recommendation of MLW was a passionate one, as he attended the program himself twice as a middle school student and returned as a staff member while he was a senior at the Naval Academy.

“At MLW, we truly believe that leadership skills can be developed through training and practice,” said Israel. “Because I’ve had that, it’s one of the reasons I went to the Naval Academy and one of the reasons I’ve sought leadership positions in my career.”

Israel described his experience at MLW as rewarding but demanding, with some of the workshops aligning with graduate school-level material.

“MLW challenges young people in a way that I don’t think they’re challenged in school,” he said. “That’s the big experience. MLW provides difficult problems and advanced workshops and makes everybody step up to levels that they don’t normally step up to. At the end of the week you feel like you’re a family. You’ve been through these trials together and you’ve had to work together. That’s the magic.”

Israel’s experience both attending and staffing the program pushed him to join the military, an experience that later affected his decision to join Leadership Maryland. His military career sent him around the world for over a decade, so he was very interested in the opportunity to become reacquainted with his home state.

Israel says Leadership Maryland presented him with endless opportunities and introduced him to incredible people who all work together to share and contribute to each other’s success.

“You learn just as much, if not more, from your classmates as you do from the actual program,” he said. “Going through the Leadership Maryland network, I found a lot of different opportunities. Alumni will often work to connect each other to opportunities. For example, I’m on the board right now for an organization run by one of my classmates.”

Now that the two programs have officially joined forces, Leadership Maryland and MLW look forward to sharing many more success stories from participants of all ages. Kim Coble offers the following message for parents considering MLW for their child:

“There is no doubt that MLW had a profound effect on my children. They gained self-confidence and were exposed to people and issues that they wouldn’t have been otherwise, especially as high school kids. Teenagers tend to be very focused on their immediate circle of friends and they don’t branch out a lot. Attending MLW exposes you to other kids from all over Maryland. You meet kids from all different backgrounds, lifestyles, religions, races, economic situations, and educations. MLW is simply a great experience for a kid and your kids should definitely attend.”

To learn more about Maryland Leadership Workshops, visit To learn more about Leadership Maryland, visit

MLW offers Maryland Humanities a glimpse of “Reality”

When a delegate comes to a Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) summer camp program, they’re given more than toasted marshmallows and bug spray—they’re given an opportunity to incite positive change in our society. Delegates of the Senior High Workshop (SHW), which is open to any high school student entering grades 9 through 12, are tasked with a project called “Reality,” where they are challenged to work with a non-profit or advocate for a cause.

MLW Senior High Workshop delegates teamed up with Maryland Humanities to bring new creativity to the non-profit organization.

MLW Senior High Workshop delegates teamed up with Maryland Humanities to bring new creativity to the non-profit organization.

Alison Curry, an employee of MLW, and her group of two dozen SHW delegates, teamed up with Maryland Humanities, a non-profit that brings educational experiences in the humanities to people throughout the state. With a goal of expanding Maryland Humanities’ footprint, the delegates set forth putting together a three-part plan that they would present to the organization’s director of development, Aaron Heinsman.

“We approached it as ‘how can teenagers help a non-profit like Maryland Humanities,’” says Curry. “I got in contact with them and worked with Aaron Heinsman. We set up a Skype call so the kids could meet him. On the very first day they got to call him and ask him questions about Maryland Humanities. From there, it was their project and they came up with everything.”

Their three-part plan started with an idea to develop a smartphone app that could increase engagement for their events and programs as well as incorporate user-generated content. Part two focused on increasing the organization’s social media presence, specifically on Instagram, and they presented their ideas with a video that illustrated the effect it would have.

The final part, and the part that resonated most with Heinsman, was called “Humanities on Wheels.” The team came up with an idea to refurbish a school bus and drive it to other counties as a sort of traveling museum or library, to bring art and literature to places where access may not be so readily available.

A mock-up of the Humanities on Wheels repurposed school bus, created by the MLW delegates.

A mock-up of the Humanities on Wheels repurposed school bus, created by the MLW delegates.

“They had this idea of it being an inviting atmosphere for young people,” said Heinsman. “They could read and discuss literature or have spoken-word performances. It could be sort of a quasi-coffee house atmosphere where people could write or draw. I loved the idea. They even made an estimated budget of buying a bus, refurbishing it, maintaining it, and what it would cost to continue it over the years. There was a lot of creativity in the idea as well as discipline and rigor in how it could actually be feasible.”

Many of the ideas that the delegates came up with were ones that the employees of Maryland Humanities had already considered in the past, which was impressive to Heinsman as it showed higher-level thinking at such a young age. Ideas like incorporating crowdsourcing for funding and introducing more video content while expanding their social media presence are ideas that the non-profit organization may put into action in the near future. Overall, Heinsman was very impressed by the work the delegates did in the program and by the program itself.

“Any time I have an experience like this where I interact with a group of young people who are engaging with ideas and strategies, it reminds me that I can be positive about our future,” said Heinsman.

Being able to apply creativity and strategy in a way that could actually affect change in society is an opportunity that few students see in high school. Programs like MLW give young people that chance and encourages them to be leaders, thinkers, and friends.

“Maryland Leadership Workshops empowers people in a way that I haven’t seen in other arenas,” said Curry. “There’s no other chance you’re going to have to be surrounded by peers and staff, to grow, to take risks, and to challenge yourself. That uniqueness, the skills it gives the delegates, the tools they come away with, that opportunity for growth, you won’t get it anywhere else.”

Wendesday/Thursday Update!

It was another beautiful day on campus! Delegates finished Round 2 of workshops (see descriptions of Creative Problem Solving and GroupME from the previous post) and began Round 3:

Public Speaking: Delegates identified and practiced effective public speaking strategies.

Diversity: Delegates explored and identified different types of diversity, learned about informational diversity and its impact on cultural competency, and utilized courageous conversations as a tool to raise the level of cultural competency.

Advocacy: Delegates explored the difference between equity and equality, learned the importance of advocating with perspective, developed and advocacy plan, and reflected on the significance of advocacy.

Delegates continued to make progress in their tuning groups and in their region meetings. and Reality projects are close to completion.

Wednesday night’s activity was an MLW favorite – Messy Games Night! On Thursday, we were treated to a talent show with amazing performances from our delegates including poetry, music, dance, and more.

Friday will entail the final rotation of Round 3 workshops plus the culmination of the Reality projects. Of  course, everyone is looking forward to tonight’s dance!

On Saturday, we look forward to seeing you all at 10:45am for the closing ceremony in Gibson Center for the Arts, where check-in took place. Enter the college at Greenwood Ave. and proceed to the parking lot behind Gibson (click here for campus map). REMINDER: The theater where the closing ceremony will take place only seats 400, so once it’s full people will be seated in another theater upstairs where the ceremony will be simulcast.

MLW Merchandise will be for sale at check-out. Hats are $15, water bottles and drawstring bags are $10, and car magnets are $5. Check and cash only, please.

See you all Saturday!


Senior High Tuesday Update

Last night’s rain gave way to a cool breeze welcomed by all. Delegates finished Round 1 Workshops and started Round 2 Workshops.

Some highlights of the day:

In Creative Problem Solving, delegates debunked the myth that only some people are creative and learned how to navigate the creative process as leaders.

In GroupME (Group Dynamics, Motivation and Empowerment), delegates discussed the dynamics of working with groups, how to utilize their strengths to move through he stages of group development (performed via rap cypher!) and determined ways to use motivation and empowerment to advance causes in their communities.

In committees (broken down by geographic region), delegates continued to forge bonds and discuss issues facing their shared communities. Many of our delegates hold school and regional leadership positions so these meetings are an excellent opportunity to build  strategic partnerships and prepare for advocacy back home.

During group meetings, delegates had the opportunity to attend different “club” meetings during their unstructured time. During today’s session, staff member Hunter led delegates through Improv games and activities to learn how to react with spontaneity and humor.

In the evening, delegates experienced Tuesday Night Activity, or TuNA as it has been dubbed, an interactive series of games meant to spark ways of thinking that aren’t as commonly practiced. Activities included logic puzzles, guessing games and even a dance battle!

At the end of the night, delegates reflected on their day during hall meeting. Round 2 Workshops will be in full swing tomorrow and delegates will start preparing for their end of week presentations in REALITY.

Senior High Is In The House!

Here we are at the end of our first full day! After parents left yesterday, delegates got a tour of the campus and played ice-breaking games with their teams.  Then they had their first workshop, “What Is Leadership?” where they explored what leadership is and how it applies to them. They also identified leaders in their lives and discussed characteristics of good leadership.

After dinner in the dining hall, delegates were treated to a decades-old MLW tradition called Visions, a candle-light ceremony held outdoors after dark. Delegates sat in silence while staff members, one at a time, recited a poem or song lyrics that has meaning to them personally. This provided delegates an opportunity to learn a little more about their staffers, and it was a nice way to settle down after a very active day.

This morning after breakfast, delegates enjoyed their very first Morning Sing of the week with an old favorite, Baby Shark! The purpose of Morning Sing is to get delegates energized and excited first thing in the morning before we start our formal activities of the day.

Today was the beginning of Workshops Round One:
  • Self Awareness: Delegates explore how their upbringing and environment have contributed to what they believe and value in the world.

  • Basics of Communication: Delegate gain an appreciation and experience with different contexts and forms of communication to maximize the effect and appeal of their message.

  • SMART Decisions: Delegates create SMART goals that help to maximize their efforts towards goals, big and small.  They also discussed how values influence the decisions we all make daily and over the years.

After lunch, delegates met with their Regions for the first time. They were introduced to all the delegates at the camp from their county/region. They played get-to-know games to begin with then shared what they considered various strengths of their county or region. This committee will, by the end of the week, identify issues that impact their region and work towards creating solutions.

Delegates then spent time with their teams working on their REALITY project. Each group has a different project to work on either in partnership with a non profit or advocating for a cause.

Prior to dinner, we held our first seminar called Finding Your “Hype.”  In this seminar, delegates were encouraged to think about what is important to them, what energizes them, and how to put that energy into their own communities for the better.

After dinner, delegates got to blow of steam at our Monday Night Activity where they played fun games  – Steal the Bacon, Lava, and an MLW favorite – SPOONS! Staff took this time to observe how delegates work, play, and solve problems together.

Next was what typically turns out to be everyone’s favorite activity every day – Tuning –  where delegates worked in small groups with out staff to set their S.M.A.R.T. goals for the week, leading to the creation of stretch goals for when they get home.

One last group meeting of get-to-know games rounded out the evening. More tomorrow!

Hear From the Delegates Themselves

In lieu of our regular update, we present to you a website that the Newsletter committee created to share with you what their week has been like. Visit to read all about it!

Don’t forget that the Closing Ceremony will take place starting at 10:30am at the Gibson Center for the Arts, which is where check-in took place. Delegates will be dismissed following the ceremony at approximately 11:15. Don’t forget to return your key! It’s a $35 charge if you forget.

We can wait to see you tomorrow and show you what we’ve learned!

Thursday Update

Another beautiful (and humid) day in Chestertown! Thursday saw the end of Round 2 Workshops and the continuation of Mix and committees. As we near the end of our week together, delegates are beginning to put the final touches on their products and presentations.

Some highlights of the day:

In the Pressure and Decision Making workshop facilitated by Maggie and Rob, members of The Ozians searched for clues hidden around the room. However, there was a catch – certain delegates were limited by requirements such as “You can’t use your hands!” or “Keep your eyes closed” or “Stay seated.” Their fellow teammates had to effectively communicate and troubleshoot to help them navigate the room.  Activities like these help our delegates learn the value of effective communication and how to navigate challenges in a group setting.



During recreation, delegates took a few minutes to decompress and connect with friends. Even though it may seem like a small part of the day, many delegates take this time to play games, interact with delegates from other groups and create new bonds through things like football , hula hooping and sketching.



As is tradition, delegates spent Thursday night at the annual Variety Show. Delegates auditioned and performed their unique talents in front of the entire program. For many delegates, this was their first time standing in front of a large group. Acts included dance routines, piano solos and even a song performed on a ukulele!

With our last full day on the horizon, delegates will be completing their Mix sessions, the program-wide community service event and attending the ever popular Friday night dance.