Location: Columbia, MD
President and CEO
Leadership Howard County (LHC) was developed to build effective local leaders. Its programs engage participants in a wide variety of issues, including human services, quality of life, education and more. For 30 years, LHC grads have volunteered more than 750,000 hours of support to Howard County nonprofits and community organizations. At an average rate of $25 per hour, that is an investment of some $1.9 million in the community.
Fun Fact: LHC provides a real-life simulation called Walk A Mile, conducted by the United Way of Central Maryland, to give participants a taste of the challenges facing underprivileged families.
“LHC populates virtually every nonprofit, professional, service, educational, sport, faith-based and citizen board in Howard County with its graduates,” says president and CEO Stacie Hunt. Leadership Premier, LHC’s core program, graduated its first class in 1986. Now in its 30th year, there have been 1,153 graduates, with approximately 40 percent engaged as an active alumni network. Many more take up dedicated positions within an area of particular interest to them.
LHC’s Iron Chef team cook-off competition was started as a way to have fun and network with other class graduates. “Since its inception, it has morphed into a six-team competition for the coveted Hunts Tomato Can trophy for people’s choice, and the Fork and Spoon trophy for best taste and presentation, as judged by culinary experts,” says Hunt. The event raises money for a scholarship and donations to the Howard County Food Bank.