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Application Deadline Extended to June 30, 2020

The Flagship Program is the core Leadership Anne Arundel program designed to inspire and develop professional, personal and community leadership.

Where there is great challenge, there is great opportunity. The Flagship 2021 class will develop invaluable relationships and gain critical understanding of key issues to guide our community through these unprecedented times.

Flagship includes an intense curriculum of civic information and leadership skills development. Each year approximately 30-45 individuals are selected for this comprehensive, hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of Anne Arundel County. The program then begins in September and graduates in June, meeting monthly throughout the course. The class is composed of a cross-section of the Anne Arundel County community, representing our ethnically, socially, economically, and geographically diverse population.



Organizations invest in the Flagship Program because

  • Participants leverage their experiences, connections, and personal development to help their organizations think, operate, and be led at higher levels.
  • Leadership skills developed and improved by our training help the leaders understand personal bias preferences and approaches to improve decision making for organizations they represent.
  • Flagship participation delivers highly valued corporate social responsibility engagement for top employees.
  • Flagship participation demonstrates a corporate investment in the community.

Individuals invest in the Flagship Program

  • To expand their personal and professional networks
  • To better understand opportunities to engage in and to increase their impact on their local community
  • Because the Flagship program has a rich legacy of providing individuals with an experience filled with diverse perspectives, exploring complex and tough issues in leadership, and developing action-oriented solutions.

The Community invests in Flagship because

  • Participants connect with a resourceful network so that they may become more powerful advocates, volunteers, and leaders in shaping Anne Arundel County. 


The ten-month program kicks off in September with an opening retreat.  Following the 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.

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.

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.

Sessions focus on the following areas:

Government • Economic Development & Bus Tour • Cultural Arts • Education
Health & Human Services • Law & Public Safety • Environment • Agriculture/South County

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 click here to apply online. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 30, 2020!

The program is tuition-based with some limited scholarship assistance available (online scholarship application available here).



The Flagship tuition rate is $3,800 for corporations and $3,050 for nonprofits (charitable, educational, and fraternal), government entities, individuals, small businesses (no more than 5 employees). The tuition covers all program costs. Click here for a Flagship Value Summary.


2020 – 2021 Flagship Calendar

(Venues Rotate around the county)

September 9 & 10, 2020 – Opening Retreat* 
October 8, 2020 – Government Day
November 12, 2020 – Economic Development & Bus Tour
December 10, 2020 – Cultural Arts Day
January 14, 2021 – Education & Technology Day
February 11, 2021 –Health & Human Services Day
March 11, 2021 – Law & Public Safety Day
April 8, 2021 – Environment Day
May 13, 2021 – Agriculture/South County Day
June 10, 2021 – Closing Retreat
Tribute to Community Leadership & Graduation - TBD, June 2021

*Please Note: Attendance at both days of the Opening Retreat is mandatory. Not more than two days of absence during the course of the year will be accepted for graduation.

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LAA, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, is the premier leadership training and networking institute in Anne Arundel County since 1993. The Mission of Leadership Anne Arundel is to provide people of diverse backgrounds with education, resources and networks necessary to become successful proactive leaders. LAA inspires, develops and connects community leaders through education, training, information, events and networking. Please support LAA by investing in Membership.
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