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New Pictures!

Here are some photos of yesterday and today. Stay tuned for our next update!

The Ozians get to know each other better by playing Tell the Truth.

The Ozians get to know each other better by playing Tell the Truth.

The Lost Delegates come up with their own definition of Diversity.

The Lost Delegates come up with their own definition of Diversity.

The Athleaders learn about Advocacy - what it is, why it's important in our daily lives, and what it means as a part of our leadership toolbox.

The Jedis learn about Advocacy – what it is, why it’s important in our daily lives, and what it means as a part of our leadership toolbox.

Athleaders do an activity to learn how our ideas connect us.

Athleaders do an activity to learn how our ideas connect us.


Monday/Tuesday Wrap Up!

First of all, here are the team pictures!

The Ozians

The Ozians

The Lost Delegates

The Lost Delegates

The Athleaders

The Athleaders

The Jedis

The Jedis

This morning, delegates had Round Two of yesterday’s workshops – Motivation & Empowerment, Self Awareness & Identity, and Leadership 101. See previous post for content details.

This afternoon, a third workshop was added to the schedule – Communication and Professionalism. Delegates learned the difference between verbal and non verbal communication, and how to utilize professionalism to gain respect in different contexts.

The weather stayed nice so we had outdoor recreation after dinner. Frisbee, football, hoola hooping, bubble-blowing, and other activities allowed delegates to take a break from the day’s structured activity.

In Tuning, delegates worked toward setting their S.M.A.R.T. goals for the week, leading to the creation of stretch goals for when they get home.

Our evening activity was a favorite – the Tuesday Night Dance! A game room was also set up for those who didn’t want to shake a leg.

Coming up tomorrow, the first day of Round Two workshops which will include Pressure & Decision Making; Leadership, Power, & Privilege; and Diversity.



MSEL’s Great Start!


During Indoor Recreation – DANCE PARTY!

Hello MSEL families!

We’ve had a busy first 30 hours! We kicked off the program with a tour of the campus and then ice-breaking games so the delegates can get to know each other better. Our first formal activity was “Jump-Off,” which consisted of problem-solving games designed specifically for the staff to observe delegates’ different leadership abilities so they can best select their “Tuning Partners” – which are their mentoring pairs for the rest of the week.

After dinner, delegates attended their first workshop, “What Is Leadership?” which focused on different leadership styles, what leadership means to our delegates, and how it translates to their everyday lives.

Following that, 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, delegates experienced the first Morning Sing of the week. Little Bunny Foo Foo was followed by our Announcements song. At the end of the week, ask your child what their favorite Morning Sing song is!

The first round of workshops began this morning, and they were divided by teams:

The Lost Delegates: Motivation and Empowerment with Ed and Cece

Delegates defined motivation and empowerment, and distinguished between the two. they discussed various types of motivation and discovered ways to empower others. They analyzed the meaning of power and influence as they relate to motivation and empowerment. Finally, they understood how to apply motivation and empowerment within the context of their daily lives.

Athleaders: Self Awareness and Identity

Delegates defined self awareness and determined the importance of having it. They defined identity, determined the strengths they each possess, and explored the importance of self awareness as a leader.

The Ozians: Leadership 101 with Ciara and Jasmine

Delegates identified the steps of planning a project using S.M.A.R.T goals. They defined and practiced the concepts of contingency planning, troubleshooting, prioritization, and revision. They explored the roles individuals play in groups. They discussed the steps to effectively plan a project while moving a team through the stages of group development. Finally, delegates developed evaluation skills to measure a project’s success.

The Jedis: Group Meeting

instead of a workshop, The Jedi’s had their Group Meeting which is a time for games  purposely designed for them to bond deeply and quickly with their teammates. We want them to go home with 20 new best friends!

After workshops, delegates had lunch and then attended their committees, where they are able to immediately put into practice the skills learned in their morning workshops:

Variety Show: Plans and implements the Variety Show that will take place on Thursday evening.

Closing Ceremony: Plans and implements the Closing Ceremony that will take place Saturday morning.

Community Service: Constructs a 30-minute community service project that all delegates can participate in on Friday morning.

Newsletter: Creates an online newsletter of each day’s activities.

Awareness: Selects an in issue important to them and their peers, develops an awareness campaign to engage other delegates throughout the week, and hopefully be something for continued advocacy upon return to home and school communities.

Next, delegates went with their tuning partners for an hour of goal-setting and mentoring. Our recreation time had to be moved indoors due to an approaching storm, but luckily that indoor space is attached to the dining hall so we still made it to dinner on time regardless of the weather outside.

More to come tomorrow!






Wednesday and Thursday Wrap Up

We can’t believe the week is almost over already!

ALS Workshops:

Wednesday – Empathy: Delegates learned the importance of being able to see the world as others see it. Through different activities, each person developed an understanding of the influences that shaped another’s’ perspective of the world.

Thursday – Impact: Delegates analyzed their spheres of influence from a personal level all the way up to a societal institutions and mapped out their connections to each in order to define their own impact points.

ALS delegates keyed up after their evening activity of a dance party.

ALS delegates keyed up after their evening activity of a dance party.

Bridge Workshops:

Wednesday – Collaborative Leadership: Delegates defined collaboration and determined its purposes. They developed an awareness of their own collaboration style as well as that of others. Finally, they engaged in simulated activities to use different methods of collaboration.

Thursday – Societal Movements: Delegates explored social movements throughout history and determined the mission and structure of each. They discovered connections between movements of the past and current issues.

Staff entertains the delegates by recreating a scene from the musical Hamilton.

Staff entertains the delegates by recreating a scene from the musical Hamilton.

Journey Workshops

Wednesday – Communication and Courageous Conversations: Delegates explored how to effectively communicate both in person and online, developed a list of strategies to communicate with people with opposite opinions, discussed the importance of sensitivity and empathy in difficult conversations; practiced giving feedback, and practiced methods of appropriate confrontations.

Diversity: Delegates defined and examined diversity and its various aspects, defined intersectionality and the challenges associated with it for women, identified examples of stereotypes and prejudice and recognized how they relate to privilege, and brainstormed ways to leverage differences and increase their own understanding of others.

Thursday – Self and Society: Delegates evaluated the role that social media plays in their perceptions of themselves and others, discussed acceptance and inclusion vs. judgement and exclusion among young women, and practices strategies for finding their authentic selves.

Journey girls and staff relax in the evening by painting each other's nails.

Journey girls and staff relax in the evening by painting each other’s nails.

Tuesday Update

All three programs are in full swing!

  1. ALS

Yesterday’s workshop was GRIT, with Ben and Jessica. Their “stick-to-it-tiveness” was tested as they explored the common pitfalls of challenging situations, learned and practiced strategies to enhance their own grit, and explored the power of having grit. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – JFK

Most of the afternoon was spent on their project with Baltimore Corps. Games, tuning, and rec time also took place. The evening activity was a continuation of the “grit” theme – they played and Escape Room game.

2. Bridge


Delegates began with a workshop on Perspective, facilitated by Michael Hagan. Delegates examined gaps in perspective within their own group, considered perspectives beyond those held by their group, analyzed factors that widen perspective gaps, and developed strategies to bridge those gaps.

Their second workshop was Diversity, with Youcef and Libby. Delegates identified barriers to understanding diversity, distinguished between equality and equity, and examined the sources of privilege. Finally, they defined and explored intersectionality and how it impacts their own group.

Much of the afternoon was spent working on their practicum project. Games, tuning, and recreation time also took place. The evening activity was games facilitated by office staffer Courtney.

3. Journey

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The journey girls had a big day! They took a field trip to Echo Hill Outdoor School where they accomplished outdoor obstacle courses and high ropes activities as team building and self-esteem building activities.

There was still time for Tuning and some games once they got back to Washington College. The evening activity was all about Inner and Outer Beauty, as delegates explored what positive traits, inside and out, each of them possess.

Sunday and Monday Update!

Today is our first full day of programming for MLW Summer 2017! Our three smaller programs, Advanced Leadership Seminar (ALS), Bridge, and Journey are in full swing and we’ve never seen groups bond so quickly! Fast friendships have already been made.


After saying good-by to family , delegates went on a tour of campus with their staff members, ended up in their creatively decorated group rooms, and played ice-breaker games. Each program then had their first round of workshops:

ALS Public Speaking Delegates reviewed effective strategies for delivering speeches as well as managing meetings and other interactive spaces. they also reflected on their personal challenges with public speaking and identified opportunities throughout the week where they could practice and provide one another with feedback to improve their skills. 170710_111607_9

Pictured above – ALS Delegates at Morning Sing

BridgeSelf, Expression, and Identity with Michael and Steph. Delegates identified components of self and identity, recognized various modes of self-expression, related authenticity to self and identity, and discussed obstacles to authentic self-expression and their sources.


Pictured above – Bridge delegates in their first workshop

Journey What Does It Mean To Be A Female Leader? with Alison. Delegates examined the characteristics of leaders that they know and know of, recognized the development of women’s social and political rights throughout American History, identified challenges that women may face when taking on leadership roles, and discussed possible strategies to overcome the adversity that women face.


Pictured above – Journey delegates in their third workshop

Bridge and ALS delegates were introduced to their practicum concept:

ALS – Delegates are partnering with Baltimore Corps, a social impact organization focused on a citywide approach to equity and racial justice.  ALS delegates will be investigating four challenges currently facing Baltimore and will design integrated solutions to these issues. They will then make recommendations for entities like the City Council and the Board of Education.

Bridge – Delegates are being tasked with creating an event that tells the story of their generation using creative self-expression. They will be asked to think about the biggest challenges facing their generation, what events have defined them, what issues/causes are important to their peer group, and more.

Our evening activity is an MLW “first night” tradition called Visions. Staff share a poem, song lyric, or other quote that is meaningful to them personally and also serves as a way for the delegates to learn more about them.



  • Workshop – SPARKS with Jessica and Nia: Delegates explored what gives them their “spark” – joy, energy, purpose, and direction. They identified what obstacles can dampen their spark, and what best nourishes it.
  • Evening Activity – our version of “Minute to Win It” games.
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning”), team building activities, and more time spent on Practicum filled the rest of the day.


  • Workshop – The Power of a Platform with Breana and Tres: Delegates learned about the benefits of an online platform, learned how to identify media bias, and developed online leadership and communication skills
  • Evening Activity – staff members shared their talents via mini-workshops on playing the drums, yoga, and dance.
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning”), team building activities, and more time spent on Practicum filled the rest of the day.


  • Workshop One: Fundamentals of Leadership with Emily – Delegates created a list of skills that a leaders needs to be successful, recognized the importance of teamwork, identified the stages of group development, and practiced taking on different leadership roles.
  • Workshop Two: Building Healthy Relationships with Hemali and Oyin – Delegates learned about and evaluated what is and is not considered a healthy relationship, analyzed how our own action can affect others, and discussed how to maintain a relationship with others without compromising one’s own identity.
  • Introduction of Community Project – Delegates will learn about philanthropy, volunteering, the roles of non profit organizations in Howard County – specifically the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County – and select women leaders deserving of awards for their contributions to their community.
  • Evening activity – Zumba!
  • Small group coaching (what we call “Tuning) and team building activities rounded out the rest of the day.

Registered for MLW 2017? Get your Welcome Packet Here!

We’re so excited for MLW 2017 which is right around the corner! If you’ve registered for one of our programs, you can download your Welcome Packet below. It contains a welcome letter from your program directors, check-in details, packing list, campus map, and much more!

Bridge Welcome Packet

Journey Welcome Packet

MSEL Welcome Packet

SHW Welcome Packet

ALS Welcome Packet – available next week

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.