Letter From the President

We are living in incredibly stressful times. From the once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) pandemic to the economic fallout, the continued devaluing of black and brown lives and polarizing political perspectives, we are all hurting – and hurting deeply.

Over the last few months, I have been engaging with class members, alumni, corporate partners and sponsors and the community at large and the themes I am hearing are uncertainty and fear – about jobs and personal financial stability, the overall economy, how to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic, how to support at-home school-aged children while working full-time, concerns about who will be the next person to be unjustly treated or even killed…I wish I had the solutions to these complex and deeply rooted challenges; unfortunately, I have neither a silver bullet nor the answers.

What I can offer is perhaps a different perspective and a few resources. Rather than trying to fight uncertainty, try leaning into it. Think about the possibilities that open up when you can’t control things. When we have an open mind and an open heart huge gifts of new opportunities, ways of life, prioritization of values, etc. have room to take hold.

Secondly, take action. LBC’s Class of 2020 has adopted the mantra, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Finally, whether you are religious or not, two sources of strength and insight that I fall back on are the Serenity Prayer and books by Pema Chodron. Pema is an American Tibetan Buddhist nun whose insights into giving up the illusion of control and grounding are life-altering.

This newsletter issue has lots of information and opportunities that you don’t want to miss; so, please read on for opportunities to support Baltimore County, LBC and be a great servant leader.

With gratitude,
Amanda

Inaugural LBC Referral Program

Welcome to LBC’s New Referral Program! We believe the best way to strengthen Baltimore County and build LBC’s invaluable network is to include you, the community and LBC alumni, in referring the best candidates. And, we are making it worth your while to participate. For each eligible referral you make, you will be entered into…

Share Your Ideas with LBC!

LBC Alumni, we need your help! Each year, Leadership Baltimore County offers a variety of events for our class members and alumni to attend, as well as ways to remain engaged in LBC and the Baltimore County community. But we need to know if we’re offering our alumni the right experiences and opportunities. What would you…

Leadership Lunch & Learn: Small Business Matters

At LBC’s first Leadership Lunch & Learn on April 28, we looked at issues small businesses are facing right now, specifically selling during a time of social distancing, cyber security and SBA loan programs. Chris McDonell, CEO of McDonell Consulting Group, addressed how to sell and lead during this time of social distancing. He focused…

Letter from the President – April 2020

Dear LBC Alumni, There is no playbook for the situation we are enduring. We are all doing our best to find innovative solutions; learn new technologies; be flexible; and model courage, vulnerability and empathy. As a leader, we may feel the expectation to rise to the occasion, have all the answers, or make everyone feel comfortable.…

COVID-19 Opportunities to Help – UPDATED 4.23.20

To help local organizations and nonprofits during this time of COVID-19 and all the uncertainty it brings, LBC will continually update a list of donation opportunities, mask requests, call for volunteers and other opportunities to help the community. If you have something to share, please send the details to Lauren Taylor.   The Arc Baltimore…

COVID-19 Resources – UPDATED 4.9.20

To help you stay informed during this time of COVID-19 and all the uncertainty it brings, LBC will continually update a list of essential information and resources. If you have something to share, please send the details to Lauren Taylor.   Baltimore Community Mediation Center Baltimore Community Mediation Center offers a variety of community-building online…

Maryland State Government Day

On March 5, the Class of 2020 traveled to Annapolis for Maryland State Government Day to develop a broader understanding of how the state legislature functions, while gaining exposure to the role and impact of lobbyists. The class observed House and Senate sessions in the morning, as well as various committee meetings in the afternoon.…

Alumni, We Need Your Input!

LBC Alumni, We need your help! Each year, Leadership Baltimore County offers a variety of events for our class members and alumni to attend, as well as ways to remain engaged in LBC and the Baltimore County community. But we need to know if we’re offering our alumni the right experiences and opportunities. What would you like…