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Flagship Program

Flagship is the core Leadership Anne Arundel program.  It includes an intense curriculum of civic information and leadership skills development.  Each summer, approximately 25-45 individuals are selected for this comprehensive, hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of Anne Arundel County.  The class is composed of a cross-section of the Anne Arundel County community, representing our ethnically, socially, economically, and geographically diverse population.  Each year’s Flagship program has a different theme.

The ten-month program kicks off in September with an opening retreat.  Participants meet for one full day each month.  Throughout the program, participants gain an understanding of what constitutes leadership, as well as, an introduction to the infrastructure, natural resources, and current political issues of Anne Arundel County.

The program is based on a model that incorporates three key domains for developing community leaders:  building community knowledge, developing leadership skills, and gaining a philosophical understanding of community trusteeship.

To build community knowledge, participants are introduced to critical regional issues, meet and discuss issues with leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and identify areas of community need and methods required to succeed as community leaders.


 Sessions focus on the following areas:


ŸCounty Bus Tour

ŸHealth & Human Services

ŸLaw & Public Safety

ŸEducation & Technology

ŸAgriculture/South County


ŸCultural Arts

The program provides participants with the opportunity to build upon and practice their leadership skills.  They include identifying issues, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, modeling the way, fostering collaboration, holding values and encouraging the heart.  Woven throughout the program are the philosophical concepts of community trusteeship that value a deep commitment to the community by envisioning a preferred future, empowering others to act, and acting on behalf of the common good for all concerned.

The goal of group projects is to identify a community problem, and design and implement an action plan to help resolve the problem.  Through the project teams, participants practice their new leadership skills while providing a valuable community service.

A year-end retreat is held in June to acknowledge and celebrate the class’s achievements.  Many graduates go on to use their leadership skills to serve the community as founders of social programs, board members of non-profit organizations, or elected officials.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to download and submit the complete application.  For proper consideration, LAA’s Selection Committee suggests applying by May for this fall’s class as participants are limited.  The program is tuition-based with some scholarship assistance available.



Effective January 1, 2017, the tuition rate is $3,600.

Effective January 1, 2017, the discounted tuition rate is $2,850.

**The discounted rate is for non-profits (charitable, educational, fraternal and governmental entities), individuals, and small businesses (no more than 5 employees).


Flagship sessions (2017-2018 – venues rotate around the county):

  • August 30, 2017 – Orientation Followed by Reception
  • September 7, 2017 – Opening Retreat
  • October 12, 2017 – Government Day
  • November 9, 2017 – County Bus Tour
  • December 14, 2017 – Health & Human Services Day
  • January 11, 2018 – Cultural Arts Day
  • February 8, 2018 – Education & Technology Day
  • March 8, 2018 – Law & Public Safety Day
  • April 12, 2018 – Agriculture/South County Day
  • May 10, 2018 – Environment Day
  • June 14, 2018 – Closing Retreat

Questions?  Contact Eric Edstrom at (410) 279-1969 or ericedstrom@leadershipaa.org


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