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The LAA Connector | February 2020 | Show Your Love of Leadership

Posted By Kris V. Shock, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2020


Do you have fond memories of your LAA experience? Well as you know, inspiring, developing and connecting local leaders is never done, so throughout the month of February we’re inviting LAA Alumni and the community at large to Show your Love of Leadership!

LAA relies on membership from alumni and sponsorship in order to provide powerful leadership programs and events so that we can continue to provide people of diverse backgrounds with the education, resources and networks necessary to become successful proactive leaders. Your investment powers our Flagship and NLA programs, Alumni event development, online communities and countless other efforts in building a strong leadership family in Anne Arundel County.

WE'LL GO FIRST: Announcing Rolling Renewal!
To get us started LAA is showing our love by adding value to LAA Membership investment. Historically LAA Membership has been based on July 1st renewal regardless of when you paid for Membership. Not anymore. Now LAA Membership renewal is based on the date you invest - so if you paid for Membership in December, you'll be due for renewal a year from December. That's a whole year of value, regardless of when you jump onboard!

Here are three ways ways you can to show your love for leadership this month:

LAA Alumni are invited to upgrade to an Annual or Lifetime Membership and join us in expanding your leadership journey. Membership is less than $10/month. Lifetime Membership is only $1,000 offering you all of the benefits of membership for life!

Already a member? Update your LAA online profile (add a photo), attend an upcoming event, join a LAA interest group and/or comment on one of the discussion forums.

A donation of any amount will support us as we develop and strengthen new leaders in our county. Click here to donate.

Need help navigating the options? Contact us today or join us at LAA101 this month and make the most of new and expanding LAA opportunities!


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The LAA Connector | 2020 Vision

Posted By Kris V. Shock, Thursday, January 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2020

LAA | 2020 Vision


A New Year

A New Decade

A New Generation of Leadership


A year ago, I was inspired to apply for this role because I see vast, untapped potential in the LAA Community. I believe we have barely scratched the surface of what we can create together by harnessing the collective thought leadership, insight and experience of individuals who choose to live and work in Anne Arundel County. 

Last June we celebrated our 25th Anniversary as an organization. There is much to be proud of in our first 25 years, representing nearly a generation of local leaders. There is even more opportunity in the next 25 years as leadership challenges grow more complex with the advancement of technology and the always accelerating pace of life.


So, here’s my take on the Why, Who, What and How of LAA 2020:



Good leaders don’t just happen.

Good leadership (not to mention great leadership) requires inspiring, nurturing, developing, mentoring, supporting, reflecting, connecting and engaging.

That’s what we do.


Together we ask:

What is needed?

What makes leading today different from leading 10 or 20 years ago?

What remains constant? In general – and for you personally?

What are incremental changes that need to be made to advance our community?

How can we get there, together?




LAA is at the intersection of personal, professional and community leadership.
LAA is a community of dedicated leaders at all phases of development.
LAA is the Alumni, Board of Directors, Committee Members and Membership at large.

With more than 1400 alumni over more than 25 years of programming, participation among the community will naturally ebb and flow. I like to think of this as “Seasons of Engagement.” The challenge is to stay connected across the ebb and flow of capacity; to toggle up and down as time permits; to roll with change; to revisit; to reinvent. To reach back to the most successful and influential leaders among us and draw from their experience to benefit the community overall.

·      If you are seeking support to get to that next place in your development, it is here.

·      If you have come to a place in your journey where you have something to give back – give here.

·      If you are somewhere in between, join us. Engage. Share your perspective, your challenges and your vision of leadership.

In the LAA Community, the rising tide truly lifts all boats. This is your community. It’s always the right time to reengage – whatever your season of engagement and to whatever degree your capacity permits.




As an ORGANIZATION, our job is to make it easy for you to engage.

To facilitate.
To respect your capacity.
To provide the structure and the tools. 

In the eight months since I came onboard in this role, with the support of the LAA Board, we have worked to implement a community platform to provide the structure and tools needed to facilitate member engagement. Lots of tools are already setup and ready to roll and much more can be developed based on member interest and engagement.



·      Invest in Membership – Membership sustains the structure

·      Contribute Content – Update your profile, Join Discussion Forums, Post in the Community, Join Interest Groups (Tip – download the mobile app. Click here to learn more.)

·      Volunteer – Join a Program Committee, the Alumni Forum or the Women’s Executive Forum. Together we are developing relevant programs that tackle ongoing leadership challenges.

·      Show Up – Join us for upcoming events (bring a friend)


As we embark on a new decade, let’s build the central hub for leadership inspiration, development and connection in Anne Arundel County TOGETHER.


Looking forward,



Kris Valerio Shock
President & CEO
Leadership Anne Arundel
Flagship ‘06

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