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. At the end of the retreat, all agree that it is a most meaningful experience. 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.
This session is hosted at an educational location in Montgomery County. Participants gain a better understanding of current educational challenges, such as funding, high growth areas, and safety for our students. School district superintendents, as well as representatives from area public and private schools outline their biggest challenges and future plans.
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 may be taken on a tour of a local company. During the session, the class 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.
The LMC Government session brings our national, state, regional, and community leaders together in one day. 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.
The Healthcare Session was added in 2002 as the result of a suggestion that one of the class participants made on a session evaluation. During the day, class members are provided with 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.
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 and the 911 Communication Center. Class members also learn about fire protection, and how all of these entities work together for public safety.
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 more.
Serving Our Community
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.
This session encompasses a values-based evaluation devoted to leadership behavior, best practices and what it takes to understand your own leadership strengths. The participants come away with a better understanding of their own leadership abilities and what it takes to motivate and lead others.
The nine-month course ends in a celebration honoring the participants who complete the requirements of the program.