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Leadership Southern Maryland Executive Program Examines Diversity at Work

LSM Executive Program participants share personal experiences of navigating differences.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Mar. 12, 2024: The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Executive Program participated in a day-long session about issues of diversity in Southern Maryland and how to apply their learnings to their leadership in the region. The discussion took place at the College of Southern Maryland—Prince Frederick campus on March 7, 2024.

RADM Bert Johnston, USN (Ret.), an LSM Founding Sponsor, set the day’s course with a keynote on “Dealing with Gray Issues.”

Griff Hall, Founder of GRIFF Strategic Leadership, and Derek Matthews, Former Program Director for the Anne Arundel County Police Department facilitated the remainder of the day with group activities related to dialoguing across differences and leading diverse teams.

The class discussed how to apply what they were learning to their growth as leaders in Southern Maryland.

“It was a very enlightening day,” said Pam Frank, executive director of the Charles County Military Alliance Council. “We truly benefited from having a space where we could really hear the variety of responses, comments, and thoughts that leaders from different backgrounds have about issues of diversity in Southern Maryland. I learned a lot.”

Leadership Southern Maryland’s flagship Executive Program is an interactive and life-enriching nine-month, tuition-based “behind-the-scenes” experience designed to enhance the collaborative abilities of our region’s top senior professionals. LSM welcomes mid- to upper-level executives representing diverse geographic locations, industries, professions, ethnicities, genders, and other backgrounds who are committed to addressing the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

The application for the LSM Executive Program Class of 2025 is open until April 15. A limited number of scholarships for nonprofit and small business leaders are available. For more information, visit or contact