Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing and enhancing current and future leaders of Montgomery County.
The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.
LMC is a joint project of the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber, and the Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce are also participating Chambers in the LMC program. Each participant of LMC must be a member of one of these chambers.
Leadership Montgomery County is a member of the Association of Leadership Programs.
The LMC Program promotes knowledge, awareness and insight into our community.
Crafted by the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Session Directors, the program provides an educational forum and mentoring opportunity for participants. Students meet on a Thursday of each month at various locations. Maps, agenda and speaker biographies are provided for students prior to each class.
Retreat: The initial group activity is a retreat held at the beginning of each class year. It includes a “Challenge by Choice” ropes course. A variety of activities are conducted to help class members bond as a team and discover individual strengths as leaders. Planning, coordination, individual contributions, teamwork, coaching and supporting each other are learned throughout this fast-paced portion of the retreat. At the end of the retreat, all agree that it is a most meaningful experience, as well as a good time. The participants make new friends and look forward to the next nine months of the LMC sessions designed to enable them to become better leaders in Montgomery County.
Infrastructure Session: Many of the people who live and work in this great county are unaware of what it takes to make it run smoothly. The speakers for this session on county infrastructure enlighten the participants as to the mechanisms that are in place and the management it takes for all of us to enjoy excellent roadways, water, sewer and drainage services, utilities, and telecommunications. The speakers emphasize the many choices that consumers will have in the future for the various services for home and business.
Education Session: This session is hosted at an educational facility in Montgomery County. Participants gain a better understanding of current educational challenges, such as funding, high growth areas, and safety for our students. Presentations by representatives from area public and private schools outline their biggest challenges and future plans.
Government Session: The LMC Government session brings our national, state, regional and community leaders together in one day. Commissioners’ Court is an excellent way to begin an understanding of how the government maintains the quality of life in Montgomery County. Through presentations and interaction with the County Judge, the participants learn the responsibilities of the Commissioners’ Court. Representation from our state and federal legislators is an important highlight of this session that everyone enjoys, in addition to presentations from city and community leaders. Part of the day is spent in a courtroom to experience how the justice system operates.
Public Safety Session: This is a real eye-opening experience – a first hand view of what goes on behind the bars of one of the largest county jails in the state of Texas. Law enforcement experts explain to the participants how public safety is maintained in Montgomery County through the system of city, county and state law enforcement agencies and five constable offices. Also included is a tour of the County Jail, 911 Communication Center and the Juvenile Justice facility.
Economic Development Session: The Economic Development Session paints a broad picture of the wide variety of businesses and industries flourishing in the area. In addition to hearing presentations by local economic development experts in Montgomery County, the group is taken on a tour of several area companies. During the tours, the group has an opportunity to ask questions and expand their base of knowledge regarding economic development in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.
Healthcare Session: The Healthcare Session was added in 2002 as the result of a suggestion that one of the class participants made on a session evaluation. She felt that healthcare in Montgomery County is so important that it deserved its own session. The Board agreed. During the day, we get information on the major hospitals in the county and the services they provide, hear from some of the specialty healthcare providers, and have a tour of one of our state-of-the art local hospitals.
Serving Our Community Session: This session provides class members with a look into the various issues and needs throughout the county and the organizations working to make a difference. This session, added in 2015, gives participants the opportunity to explore ways they can become involved and give back to the community.
Leadership Development Session: This session encompasses a judgment-based evaluation devoted to leadership behavior, best practices and what it takes to understand your own leadership qualities. The participants come away with a better understanding of their own leadership skills and what it takes to motivate and lead others. This is one of the favorite sessions of the curriculum and one that participants remember for many years to come.
Graduation: The nine-month course ends in a celebration honoring the participants who complete the requirements of the program. The luncheon event includes the presentation of the graduates, as well as honoring the year’s LMC Distinguished Alumnus. LMC alumni are recruited to serve as celebrity waiters for the event to help raise additional funds for the program.