The Shore Leadership Program

The Shore Leadership Program offers executives, managers and leaders on Maryland’s Eastern Shore the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the issues and challenges facing our region. Led by a certified master coach, participants are guided through skill building activities and conversation to foster collaboration and problem solving. A measurable impact on the expansion of personal and professional networks among the class participants is an inevitable outcome. Programs are uniquely placed in one of the nine Shore counties to explore a particular theme and connect that theme to the leadership challenges.

Sample Program Themes and Locations have included:

  • Legacy in Dorchester County A look at how cultural history impacts the shape, success and challenges of civic and business operations in the City of Cambridge.
  • Economic Development in Somerset and Worcester County Explore the dramatic influence of the Wallops Island Space Center on the surrounding region and consider the strategic effort in cultivating and leveraging economic success.
  • Agriculture in Caroline County Consider how land use and farming are integral to the Shore’s business operation, and farming’s impact and partnership in achieving environmental improvements in land and water quality.
  • Education in Queen Anne’s County Understand the local education systems and how leaders  respond to changing state and federal standards for public education programs to  meet the needs of the 21st   century workplace.
  • Environment in Talbot County Visit the Poplar Island restoration project to study the costs involved with environmental wildlife restoration and its impact to natural resource management.

Shore Leadership program themes and locations have also included Health Care, Government, Community & the Arts. Class sessions are in a variety of settings within each of the Shore Counties- from Kent County in the north to the lower shores of Wicomico.

The schedule for each Class is dynamic from year to year because it is shaped by the experience and suggestions of previous class participants, and the evolving issues within the region. What is predictable is the diversity of experience and professional backgrounds that makeup each class and the predictable, steady guidance of the facilitator in accentuating the reflections of the class within the Shore Leadership experience.

The program will kick off with a two-day overnight retreat in April and subsequent sessions will be held monthly from May through November, 2022 at locations throughout the Shore. The program concludes with a graduation dinner in December (tbd).

In order to accomplish the objectives of Shore Leadership, the full participation of each class member is necessary. Participants who miss more than one full day (with partial absences accrued in two-hour segments, up to eight hours), for whatever reason, will be dismissed from the program. Participants are required to attend the orientation and graduation sessions. NOTE: If you are dismissed due to attendance, or if you are unable to attend the orientation retreat, your tuition is nonrefundable. If you have a conflict with the orientation retreat dates, please defer your application until next year.

Please reserve the 2022 program dates on your calendar before applying:

Wednesday & Thursday, April 27 & 28 (overnight retreat)
Wednesday, May 11
Wednesday, June 15
Wednesday, July 20
Wednesday, August 17
Wednesday, Sept 21
Wednesday & Thursday, Oct 19 & 20
Wednesday, Nov 16
Graduation Dec 7

Notification, Tuition and Fees
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by March 31, 2022.

Costs include tuition of $2,700* and a non-refundable application fee of $150. The $150 fee, due at the time of application, is to be paid by personal check or credit card, and represents your personal commitment to the program. If you are paying the $150.00 application fee by check, please make the check payable to Shore Leadership, by March 31, 2022 to: 

Shore Leadership
PO Box 517, Easton, MD 21601

Credit for Early Registration: Upon acceptance to the class of 2022, $200 will be credited toward the tuition if the application and fee are received by January 15, 2022.

Tuition includes individual, overnight accommodations for the two-day orientation retreat, seven full-day sessions focusing on regional issues and/or leadership training and the graduation dinner. In addition to tuition, participants will be responsible for the cost of their overnight accommodations during the second overnight session (cost not to exceed $150).

If accepted for the 2022 class, you will be billed for the tuition amount. Payment will be due in full by March 31, 2022. Limited tuition assistance and tuition installment plans are available to qualified applicants. If you require assistance, please complete the Tuition Assistance Application online by the November 15, 2021 deadline.

Due to the advanced costs involved with program participation, once an applicant has been accepted into the program and confirms their commitment to participate, all tuition and fees become non-refundable. Withdrawal from the program due to extreme circumstances (hospitalization, military duty, death, job conflict, or other extreme situations) can be appealed to the Board of Directors for a case-by-case review.

Letter of Recommendation

In addition to your application, you will need to provide a letter of recommendation from your current employer, a business associate, or Shore area leader indicating why you will be an asset to the Shore Leadership program.  The letter can be e-mailed to
Click Here To Apply Online. 

* tuitions fee subject to change

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