Maryland Leadership Workshops
Maryland Leadership Workshops
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September 2012



As we wrap up our fiscal year, it is a great time for reflection. We love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts/feedback/observations to [email protected].


A full annual report will be available at following the fall Board of Directors meeting. Suffice to say, we are very happy to have had a robust year with full enrollment of programs (we even had to start a waitlist!) and a curriculum across the board that was relevant and meaningful to individuals and the organization.


Special thanks to our staff, our partner organizations and to the numerous sponsors and parents throughout the state who send us terrific, funny, smart and challenging (in a good way) students with whom we are very privileged and grateful to work.


We hope you will all share your enthusiasm by recruiting one or two more people to attend core programs in 2013. Save the date for the winter reunion known as SAIL which will be held on January 5, 2013. Attendees can receive the early bird registration rate for 2013 programs. Stay tuned to the MLW website and periodic emails to get full details. As always, please contact the year round office if you have any questions.


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Ilaya Hopkins
Executive Director
In This Issue
A Message from Eliot
Program Board and Beyond
Build the Foundation
Of Note, Alumni Notes
MLW Board of Directors
A Message from the Chair
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MLW Chair, Eliot Pfanstiehl

Dear Delegates, Parents, Supporters, Active and Alumni Staff and Friends of MLW,


Leadership has never been more important than today. At MLW, we give every student the opportunity to learn the concepts and skills critical to success. Most importantly at our core programs and through our outreach efforts, we give students hands-on opportunities to identify their own potential, unleashing limitless possibilities.


The challenge remains that MLW is a bare bones operation. You can help us stay strong and build a foundation for the future by sharing your stories and experiences with everyone you know, from neighbors and friends to teachers, Boards of Education and elected officials. We continue to be very grateful for the support of the Maryland State Department of Education through the State Aided Educational Institution grant programs as well as our many partners including Leadership Maryland, the Maryland Association of Student Councils, and Montgomery College which donated valuate training space for our staff from May to June at the Germantown campus. Individual donations help underwrite program costs and the staff training and development that are critical to our success.


Preparing our staff to, in turn, impart valuable lessons in leadership is the best effort any of us can support in today's world. Congratulations to our delegate graduates and a very heartfelt thank you to the incredibly dedicated staff who make it all possible.


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Eliot Pfanstiehl

Chair, MLW Board of Directors

Program Committee Updates

As the group responsible for overseeing program implementation, we are truly amazed at the new features rolled out in many of the programs this year. Here's a recap:


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MSEL Yearbook Staff Hard at Work!

 Middle School Experience in Leadership (MSEL): We were thrilled to have a full complement of delegates at MSEL this summer who were divided into four groups - The Avengers, Wonka, Panem and Paradizzle. Together, delegates experienced key workshops (Discussion Units) that were taught by staff. Delegates were able to put the newly acquired skills to use in various committees such as the Variety Show and evaluating the program. They also worked with their teams through hypothetical situations related to their team theme. Extra activities from Jump Off to the Variety Show and the dances in between were high energy and lots of fun for everyone.


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An MLW Staple - the Feedback Sandwich

Senior High Workshops (SHW): This year, SHW had eight full teams of delegates (we even had a waitlist by early July!) and a tremendously dedicated staff. Delegates were energized and inspired by the traditional workshops that ranged from Diversity to Project Planning. New elements this year included putting the REAL into Reality with a variety of real world problems that need bright minds to solve. Topics included addressing the growing problem of synthetic marijuana, childhood obesity, homelessness, college readiness, and engaging youth in the arts. The week flew by and was capped off by the introduction of a closing ceremony that parents attended.


Advanced Leadership Seminar (ALS): Twenty two select individuals participated in one of the strongest ALS programs to date. The senior level staff worked hard to engage delegates in higher level thinking with more in depth topics related to leadership, including Unconventional Leadership and Equity and Culture. Delegates were also treated to a stimulating presentation on leadership by Washington College President Mitchell Reiss which everyone enjoyed. This program culminates with a practicum where delegates take the lead. This year, the project involved going off site to another nearby camp to implement a day of activities for a group with a wide range of exceptionalities whether they be physical or developmental. It proved to be a meaningful and rewarding experience for all involved.

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2012 ALS Staff and Amazing Delegates


The Program Committee would like to extend a special thank you to Program Directors and the talented staff of all the programs. Beginning in December of the previous year, program directors start the process of retooling and creating a fresh program, recruiting staff and getting ready to change the lives of delegates. Staff training begins in earnest in May and continues through the summer. As we like to say, most summer programs spend a weekend training for the summer. At MLW, we spend the summer training for a one-week program. Delegates are the direct beneficiaries of this dedication and hard work and we are grateful for the opportunity to have such a positive impact on so many.

You can Build the Foundation of MLW

This year, MLW programs saw delegates from almost every county in the state as well as few out of state (and country) students.  We are especially grateful to the school districts and local governments who leverage scarce resources and invest in their students.  This year students received tuition support from:


  • CRASC/Anne Arundel Board of Education
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Calvert County Public Schools
  • Board of Education of Caroline County
  • Caroline County Commissioners
  • Board of Education of Carroll County
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • Dorchester County Board of Education
  • Howard County Public School System
  • Leadership Montgomery
  • Board of Education of Prince George's County
  • Queen Anne's County Public Schools
  • Talbot County Public Schools
  • Washington County Board of Education

We also thank the Frederick N. and Phyllis H. Leonard Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to allow student from five mid-shore counties (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot) to attend the summer 2012 programs.  


This kind of support helps make the programs possible and we are tremendously grateful.


You can help too!  A gift in any amount shows the breadth and depth of support for MLW and helps secure additional grants and corporate support. For example:

  • $1,000 Funds a scholarship to cover the full cost of a delegate's summer program experience
  • $675 Provides tuition for one delegate to attend a summer program!
  • $325 Defrays the difference between the actual cost per delegate ($1,000) and our tuition ($675)
  • $200 Supports the Staff Training Fund to cover a portion of the extensive staff training
  • $150 Pays for a staff member's stipend  for one outreach program
  • $50 Covers the costs onsite materials for one delegate

The Build the Foundation goal of $50,000 recognizes contributions made by alumni and active staff to the Alumni Partners Campaign, pledges and donations to the Mike Michaelson Endowment fund, and individual gifts from friends and supporters.  Download the donation form or donate online to lend your support to MLW today.


Thank you for your investment in MLW and leaders of today. 

Of note, Alumni Staff Notes! 
In addition to planning and implementing incredible leadership development programs, find out what your favorite staff person is up to in their non-MLW 'down time.' 


Candice Epps just landed a full time position with the Faison School for Autism for students ages 8 to 11. She will work one-on-one with students on behavior modification, reinforcing prosocial behaviors and tracking their progress throughout the year.


Fergie Ferguson is president of an organization called Career Peers at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. They will be hosting a career based Family Feud event for the students on campus. It's her first big event in office :)


Zack Jamison is teaching 5th grade in Falls Church, VA and is working towards a Masters in Special Education at George Mason.


Ben Kilduff recently applied to be the Workshop Director for his county student government and got the job! He mentions that he will be using a lot of his MLW knowledge there!


Grant Kilduff is settling in to Towson University for his freshman year. He is looking forward to his next next journey in life, majoring in Exercise Science. He began his year doing a service project called Serve Towson before move in day. For three days he cleaned up the Back River, planted trees and moved bushes on a remote farm, and got to play BINGO and dance with some residents at a nursing home.  

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Barrie Moorman got engaged to Julian Hipkins III in July at Martha's Vineyard. Whoo Hoo!!! Congratulations!





Emily Peterson was named a "Maryland Women of Tomorrow"at an awards ceremony in June sponsored by the Maryland Commission for Women. Emily was one of only 7 students in the state to be recognized with this honor.


Chase Powell is training to become a reiki healer. Reiki is a form of Japanese massage therapy.


Kenny Wise is preparing for a great school year as SGA president and MASC Convention host staffer. He is also a candidate for the US Air Force and US Naval Academy!! Good luck Kenny!


If you have information to share, please send it to Director of Alumni Lauren Lee at [email protected].
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Thank You MLW Sponsors and Supporters

Montgomery College Germantown Campus 


Montgomery County Germantown Business Incubator


Honest Tea


Digital Office Products


Colorworks Promotions


Parents and Guardians who make it all possible


2012 Delegates!!!

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Leadership Opportunities

Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC)holds training and conferences for member schools throughout the year.  MLW provides support and facilitates workshops at many of these events. Hope to see you there! 


Congratulations to our partner organization Leadership Maryland for 20 years of excellence. Applications now being accepted for the 2013 class.

Do you have Leadership Opportunities to share?  Send them to [email protected].

Important Dates




December 26, 2012


Annual Active and Alumni Staff Celebration


January 5, 2013

Students Aligned in Leadership (SAIL) 

Delegate and Staff Reunion

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location to be announced soon; email invitations will be sent to all 2012 delegates


April 1, 2013

Early Bird Deadline for 2013 MSEL and SHW Programs

Program Dates will be confirmed soon.

MLW Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Eliot Pfanstiehl,


President and CEO, Strathmore Hall


Sean M. Looney,

Vice Chair

Vice President, State Government Affairs, Comcast


Katherine Getty, Treasurer

Managing Director, Susquehanna Bank


Kim Coble,


MD Exec Dir, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.


Marcy Leonard,

Chair, Program Committee

Principal, Howard County Public Schools


Ilaya R. Hopkins

Executive Director


Board of Directors


John Cammack

Cammack and Associates


Larry Culleen

Partner, Arnold and Porter


Lloyd Etheredge

Project Director, Policy Sciences Center


Liliana Evans

Student Member


Holly B. Huntley

Vice President, Human Resources, CSC


Thomas Jarboe

COO, Technology Security Associates


Rose Krasnow

Division Chief, M-NCPPC


Nancy Minieri

President, Leadership Maryland


Ann Misback



Betty Morgan

Executive Director Grad Nation

America's Promise Alliance


Susan C. Simmons

Director, Caroline County Recreation & Parks


Cathleen Vitale

Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates


Betty Weller

VP, Maryland State Education Association