LEADERship Class of 2019


The LEADERship program is for individuals who have reached a significant position in their organizations and demonstrate a keen interest in becoming more effective civic leaders to strengthen Baltimore. In choosing each class, the Selection Committee looks for a wide variety of diversity in areas such as race, gender, age, and industry sector as well as each individual’s background, outside interests, community leadership experience, etc. Peer learning is an integral part of the experience so we try to include as many voices as possible in each class.

It is a competitive application process with final class selection made by the Program Selection Committee comprised of the LEADERship Board, LEADERship alumni, and staff.


To be considered for admission into the program, applicants must complete all five of the following tasks which are described in more detail below.

  1. Attendance at one mandatory Program Information Session
  2. Completion of an on-line application form (includes attaching a current photo and resume) by Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 AM.
  3. Participation in a 60-minute interview with members of the Program Selection Committee
  4. Submission of an Employer Sponsorship Form by Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 AM
  5. A review of the 2019 LEADERship Session Calendar and commitment to the required sessions and overall attendance policy.

The Program Selection Committee will not consider applications that have not met these requirements.

1) Program Information Sessions

We want to be certain that applicants understand the program’s objectives and requirements. Therefore, all new applicants are required to attend a Program Information Session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from LEADERship alumni, current class members, and staff.

You need only attend one of the sessions offered. If you attended a Program Information Session in 2016 or 2017, you are not required to attend another one in 2018.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for one of the following Program Information Sessions:

Thursday, September 20, 8:30–9:30 AM at Touchpoint Baltimore, 2401 Liberty Hieghts Ave., Baltimore MD 21214

Monday, October 1, 5:00–6:00 PM at the Offices of the Greater Baltimore Committee, 111 S. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Wednesday, October 10, 1:30–2:30 PM at Art With A Heart, Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211

Friday, October 19, 8:30 –9:30 PM, at Betamore @ City Garage, 101 West Dickman St., Baltimore, MD 21230

PLEASE NOTE: You may complete your on-line application before attending an Information Session.

2) On-line Application Form Due Tuesday, October 23 by 8:00 AM

The on-line application form requires applicants to provide basic information, answer a series of short essay questions and upload both a resume and photograph.

Once you start your application, you will be able to save your work and come back to it at a later time. Upon submission, no further changes can be made. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Sindee Ernst at sindeee@gbc.org or Jennifer Cathro at jenniferc@gbc.org.

For your convenience, a copy of the application, including essay questions, can be accessed in the DOWNLOADS section at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: The on-line application must be submitted by Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 AM.

PLEASE NOTE: You can start, save and return to your application - log back in at https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site/LEADERship_2019

3) Interview

After submitting an on-line application form, each applicant will be invited to interview with members of the Program Selection Committee. Interviews will take place between October 23 and November 14 and will be scheduled in the order applications are submitted. As such, early submission of all application materials is encouraged.

4) Employer Sponsorship Form

Because the LEADERship program demands significant time during the conventional workday, we ask applicants to discuss the program requirements, including the time commitment, with their supervisors before beginning the application process. The Employer Sponsorship Form is our way of ensuring that applicants’ organizations will provide the work release time for participation in the program. If you are the senior ranking person in your organization, you do not need to fill out an Employer Sponsorship Form. Others may access the Employer Sponsorship Form by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Employer Sponsorship Form must be submitted by Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 AM.

5) You will be asked to review and commit to the the following calendar and attendance requirments.


Class members’ commitment to attend and engage in all aspects of the program are crucial to the program’s success each year. Given the importance of our peer-learning model, the LEADERship Board of Directors has adopted the following Attendance Policy:

Every class member must attend the following sessions (marked *** on the calender) in full:

  • Two-Day Opening 
  • February 21 session
  • Spring Overnight Retreat
  • Fall Overnight Retreat

PLEASE NOTE: These are compulsory sessions from beginning to end. No late arrivals, early departures, or missed time will be allowed. Absence will be cause for dismissal.

  • Additionally, no more than the accumulated equivalent of one non-madatory all-class session will be permitted for successful completion of the program.
  • Please note we begin with a two-day opening session. Given the possibility of snow and ice, we ask that you hold February 1 as a potential make-up day in the event that eith of our first two days is cancelled. If we need to meet on February 1, it will be considered a mandatory day.

In addition to the full day and retreat sessions listed below, class members are expected to participate in a variety of Field Experiences, Evenings at the Arts, and other Program Events that take place throughout the year and are an integral part of the program experience.


Tuition for the 2019 program is $7,800. Partial scholarships are available to applicants and sponsoring organizations for whom the burden of tuition would be significant. The applicant selection process is need blind; a request for scholarship funds will neither positively nor negatively impact the strength of an application. The LEADERship is committed to ensuring that tuition cost does not serve as an obstacle for selected applicants to participate in the program. Scholarships are awarded once the class has been selected.


Founded through the vision of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) in 1984, The LEADERship has maintained a close relationship with the GBC ever since. As such, if an applicant from a for-profit company is admitted into the program, participation will be contingent on the applicant’s employer being a member of the GBC.

For your convenience, the DOWNLOADS section below includes

  • 2019 LEADERship All-Class Sessions Calendar
  • Employer Sponsorship Form link
  • Application questions
Event Photos
Event Videos