Leadership Class of 2022 Application
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The Leadership program is for individuals who have reached a significant position in their organizations and demonstrate a keen interest in becoming more effective civic leaders to strengthen Baltimore. In choosing each class, the Program Selection Committee looks for a wide variety of diversity in areas such as race, gender, age, and industry sector as well as each individual’s background, outside interests, community leadership experience, etc. Peer learning is an integral part of the experience so we try to include as many voices as possible in each class.

It is a competitive application process with final class selection made by the Program Selection Committee comprised of the Leadership Board, Leadership alumni, and staff.

To be considered for admission into the program, applicants must complete all four of the following tasks which are described in more detail below.

  1. Completion of an on-line application form (includes attaching a current photo and resume) by Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 AM.
  2. Submission of an Employer Sponsorship Form by Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 AM.
  3. Participation in a 60-minute interview with members of the Program Selection Committee.
  4. A review of the 2022 Leadership Full-Day Session Calendar and commitment to the required sessions and overall attendance policy.

The Program Selection Committee will not consider applications that have not met these requirements.


The on-line application form requires applicants to provide basic information, answer a series of short essay questions and upload both a resume and photograph.

You will be able to save and edit your application until it is submitted. Upon submission, no further changes can be made. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Jennifer Cathro at jcathro@theleadership.org or Tauren Robinson El Bey trobinsonelbey@theleadership.org.

For your convenience, a copy of the application, including essay questions, can be accessed in the DOWNLOADS section at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: You can start, save and return to your application - log back in at https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site/Leadership_2022


Because the Leadership program demands significant time during the conventional workday, we ask applicants to discuss the program requirements, including the time commitment, with their supervisors before beginning the application process. The Employer Sponsorship Form is our way of ensuring that applicants’ organizations will provide the work release time for participation in the program.

If you are the senior ranking person in your organization, you do not need to fill out an Employer Sponsorship Form.

Others may access the Employer Sponsorship Form by clicking HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: The Employer Sponsorship Form must be submitted by Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 AM.


After submitting an on-line application form, each applicant will be invited to interview with members of the Program Selection Committee. Interviews will take place on November 11 and November 12 and will be scheduled in the order applications are submitted. As such, early submission of all application materials is encouraged.



Class member commitment to attend and engage in all aspects of the program is crucial to the program’s success. Given the importance of our peer-learning model, the Leadership Board of Directors has adopted the following:

Attendance Policy:

Every class member must attend the Two-Day Opening, February 17 session, and Spring and Fall Overnight Retreats (noted with a *** below) in full. 

  • Two-Day Opening Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27, with January 28 make-up for inclement weather if necessary
  • Full-Day Session Thursday, February 17
  • Spring Overnight Retreat Thursday, April 28 – Friday, April 29
  • Fall Overnight Retreat Thursday, October 27 – Friday, October 28

PLEASE NOTE: The dates marked with *** are compulsory sessions from beginning to end. No late arrivals, early departures, or missed time will be allowed. Absence will be cause for dismissal. We ask that you hold January 28 in the event that either of our first two days is canceled due to weather issues. If we need to meet on January 28, it will be considered a mandatory day.

Absence from no more than the accumulated equivalent of one full-day session will be permitted for successful completion of the program.

In addition to the full-day and retreat sessions listed above, class members are expected to participate in a variety of Field Experiences, Evenings at the Arts, and other Program Events that take place throughout the year and are an integral part of the program experience.


Tuition for the 2022 program is $8,250.

The Leadership is committed to ensuring that tuition cost does not serve as an obstacle for selected applicants to participate in the program. Partial scholarships are available to applicants and sponsoring organizations for whom the burden of tuition would be significant. Paid tuition is non-refundable once the program begins. The applicant selection process is need-blind; a request for scholarship funds will neither positively nor negatively impact the strength of an application. Scholarships are awarded once the class has been selected.


The Leadership will host optional Information Sessions for applicants to understand the program’s objectives and requirements. During each information session, candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear from Leadership alumni, staff, and current class members.

CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP for one of the following Information Sessions:

Thursday, September 23: 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Virtual)
Virtual via ZOOM       

Wednesday, October 20: 5:30 - 6:30 PM (Virtual)
Virtual via ZOOM


Founded through the vision of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) in 1984, The Leadership has maintained a close relationship with the GBC ever since. As such, if an applicant from a for-profit company is admitted into the program, participation will be contingent on the applicant’s employer being a member of the GBC.

For your convenience, the DOWNLOADS section below includes

  • 2022 Employer Sponsorship Form
  • 2022 Leadership Full-Day Session Calendar
  • 2022 Application Questions – for reference only