Welcome to Leadership Anne Arundel (LAA). LAA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the premier leadership training & networking institute in Anne Arundel County since 1993. LAA has over 1200 graduates from its four (4) core programs; Executive Leadership Series (ELS), Flagship Program (FLG), Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) and the Graduate Fellows Program.
The vision of Leadership Anne Arundel is to develop and nurture community trustees who improve the quality of life in Anne Arundel County by convening diverse stakeholders, bridging their divides, and facilitating resolutions for the common good.
Build: LAA program participants will develop essential leadership skills, gain an awareness and understanding of county and regional issues, and acquire valuable, hands-on experience.
Connect LAA graduates will have access to a wide range of resources and be part of a diverse network of business, government, and community leaders.
Celebrate: LAA will always be on the lookout for examples of exemplary leadership on display throughout our county. This will culminate with LAA honoring and highlighting the accomplishments of leaders throughout the region at our annual Tribute to Community Leadership ceremony and graduation.
Convene: LAA will bridge divides by bringing together representatives from all sectors of the community in a collaborative effort to tackle formidable issues.
Innovate: LAA will stay on the cutting edge of the Community Leadership field by continually monitoring trends within the industry, re-evaluating our program curriculums, and expanding our program offerings to meet the growing needs of our region.
The mission of Leadership Anne Arundel is to provide people of diverse backgrounds with the education, resources and networks necessary to become successful proactive leaders.
LAA Graduates (For a full list of LAA graduates click here)
Below is a short list of some of Leadership Anne Arundel’s distinguished graduates.
Steve Schuh (FLG05) County Executive
Pam Beidle (FLG96) State Delegate
Chris Trumbauer (FLG09) County Council
Wes Adams (FLG13) State’s Attorney, AACo
Dawn Lindsey (ELS13) AACC President
Tori Bayless (ELS07) AAMC CEO
Robert Clark (ELS14) HAF CEO
Larry Ulvila, Jr. (FLG95) Chair, AACC
Judge Cathy Vitale (FLG04) Judge
Shelia Finlayson (FLG08) City Alderman
Ross Arnett (ELS13) City Alderman
Joe Budge (FLG09) City Alderman
Tim Thomas (FLG15) Publisher – Capital Newspaper
Rick Hutzell (FLG08) Editor – Capital Newspaper
Ray Crosby (FLG94) CEO Crosby Communications
Teresa Birge (FLG15) President, AAC Board of Education
Karen Cook (FLG04) Dean, AACC School of Business & Law
Karen Olscamp (ELS98) CEO, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
Jerry Walker (FLG15) Chair, AACo
Julie Musggo (FLG16) County Controller
Mark Hutzell (FLG16) COA, AACo
Rob Norton (FLG15) President, Maryland Live! Casino
Dough Shipley (FLG16) General Manager, Maryland Live!
Ned Carey (FLG95) Delegate, COO, BWI
Ed Reilly FLG03) State Senator
Rick Springer (ELS09) Regional President, BB&T
Jeff Armiger (FLG96) Regional President, BB&T
Brian Walters (ELS13) Regional President, BB&T
Bill Sanders (ELS12) Mayor, Highland Beach
Amalie Brandenberg (ELS15) Education Liaison for AACo
Bob Leib (ELS03) Military Affairs Liaison for AACo
Larry Ulvila (FLG95) CEO, Insurance Solutions
Bob Burdon (FLG01) CEO, AAACC
Carletta Allen (FLG15) Senior Pastor AUMC
Vicki Callahan (FLG96) CEO, OBI
Fran Schmidt (FLG09) CEO, North AACo Chamber
Claire Louder (ELS10) CEO, West AACo Chamber
Linda Zahn (FLG95) Severna Park Chamber
John Moeller (ELS12) Deputy Garrison Commander Ft Meade
Patrick Shurney (FLG10) Regional President, Sandy Spring Bank
Maureen McMahon (ELS14) Deputy Superintendent AACPS
Kathleen Mahar (ELS14) President, Archbishop Spalding HS
Ricky SMith (FLG95) CEO, BWI
Weymouth Spence (FLG00) President, Washington Adventist U.
John Belcher (ELS98) Former CEO ARINC