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Applications now being accepted for our Spring 2019 Cohort. Space is limited - apply today!

Applications due by December 21. Scroll down to see application instructions and information.


Here's what people are saying about their time in Emerging Leaders...

"I had a realization that made me glad I was participating: everyone was around the circle in their DiSC order and it occurred to me- although we are so different in leadership styles, I could not do my day to day work without these other minds and personalities."

 "I've learned that you have to work to reframe automatic thoughts and not focus on 'destructive' thoughts."

"The most memorable part of day one was standing in the circle with our like personalities, realizing we are all people that want to do the best for those we serve and while we all may have different approaches, it is possible to work together and achieve our goal."

"The most memorable part of day one was that your DiSC style does not define you, and that qualities you may find difficult to work with can also be qualities you look for in a person."

"I've learned how I can change things immediately to help the flow at my workplace."

Cohort members tell us that the best things about the program are the opportunity to learn more about their individual styles and personalities, how to best work with those who have differing styles and personalities, getting to know other emerging leaders, and that they enjoy the adult-centered, interactive learning environment.  

Meet our Fall 2018 Emerging Leaders Cohort

Fall 2018 Cohort Members:

Name Community Role/Title
Alicia Hartnett Carol Lutheran Village Administrator in Training
Anna Nowaczyk Assisted Rehab Rehab Manager
Aubrey Sippel Asbury Bethany Village Retirement Counselor
Cathleen Liberatore Ginger Cove Dining Room Manager
Cortney Woolslayer Asbury Bethany Village HR Generalist
Donna Snyder Miller's Grant Director of Sales
Emily Foster National Lutheran Communities and Services Brand Manager
Hanna Perez The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant Dining Room Supervisor
Jameel Samuels Asbury Methodist Village Dining Room Supervisor
Javier Castillo Asbury Methodist Village Dining Supervisor
Karen Hood Asbury Methodist Village Administrative Assistant Residental Living
Kristin Juchem Asbury Bethany Village Director of Resident Life and Volunteer Coordinator
Laura Cheung Fahrney Keedy Home and Village Director of Staff Development
Molly McFarland Brown Asbury Methodist Village Office Coordinator
Ryan Hetrick Asbury Springhill Fitness Manager
Sarah Hemming Asbury Solomons Healthcare and AL Wellness Manager
Susan Sherwood Asbury Springhill Marketing Coordinator
Tiffany Fletcher Asbury Methodist Village Dining Room Supervisor
Yewande Obasa Baywoods of Annapolis Nurse Navigator


SPRING 2019 Session and Date Information

February 19 – Who I Am

  • Explore and discuss one’s own strengths and styles using the DiSC assessment and related learning activities

  • Explore and recognize how one relates with individuals with differing strengths and styles

  • Set personal development goals

  • Discuss the significance of one’s organization’s mission and vision, and how their individual contributions can move the organization toward these goals

March 13 – How I Interact with and Lead Others Part 1

  • Recognize and discuss styles of others on one’s team

  • Discuss and practice strategies for effective interpersonal communication

  • Discuss and practice strategies for productive conflict

  • Recognize and discuss how one’s DiSC style might affect communication and conflict management tendencies

April 23 – How I Interact with and Lead Others Part 2

  • Discuss and practice strategies and techniques for “ditching the drama” in the workplace

  • Discuss and practice techniques for reframing one’s thinking

  • Recognize one’s own locus of control and how this affects their ability to demonstrate and practice accountability

  • Discuss and explore different levels of personal accountability

  • Discuss and explore strategies and techniques for building trust

May 14 – How I Continue to Grow

  • Discuss and practice strategies for working with and leading challenging individuals

  • Explore how to effectively navigate the transition from “Bud to Boss”:

    • Succeeding in your transition

    • Setting goals with others

    • Giving coaching and feedback

    • Successful collaboration

    • Being a brand ambassador

  • Develop a plan for continued growth and development

All sessions will be held at the Asbury Home Offices, 5285 Westview Dr, Frederick, MD 21703


Application Information and Instructions

Applications now being accepted for our Spring 2019 Cohort. Applications due by December 21.


Who can apply?

Emerging Leaders is available to anyone who is an employee of a LeadingAge Maryland non-profit member organization, regardless of their position or work experience. It is more important for candidates to demonstrate potential within their organizations and the field than it is for them to carry a specific job title.


How do I apply?

Send the following documents to Allison Ciborowski:

1. Completed application form

2. Two letters of recommendation; one must be from your supervisor

3. Up-to-date resume


Tuition: $500

Tuition includes the costs of leadership assessments and individualized reports, learning materials, and breakfast and lunch each day of the program.


Sponsoring organization commitment

If selected, the fellow’s organization agrees to:

  1. Pay the Emerging Leaders Program tuition and any related costs of travel.
  2. Allow time for the participant to attend all four program sessions
  3. Provide a supportive environment in which the participant can begin to practice applying the knowledge and skills gained in each session.


Applicant Commitment

If selected, the fellow agrees to:

  1. Attend and actively participate in each of the course sessions.
  2. Complete assignments to enhance the understanding and application of the content areas.
  3. Actively participate with your assigned learning group through phone and email.
  4. Remain employed with a LeadingAge Maryland member for the duration of the program.

About the program

To support our members in developing leaders who will help take their organizations into the future, LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to offer a newly redesigned Emerging Leaders Program.

Helping high potential employees and new managers gain the knowledge and skills to contribute as effective leaders is a key initiative for any successful organization. As the healthcare environment changes and organizations are asked to do more with less, it will be more important than ever for not-for-profit aging services organizations to have effective leaders across all departments and levels. This program was developed based on feedback from LeadingAge Maryland members, past program participants, and input from subject matter experts in the fields of leadership and organizational development.

 Who is this program for?

Emerging Leaders is designed for individuals at any level of an organization who are newly in a management role, aspire to be in a management role, or who play or want to play a leadership role within their organization.

Note: Emerging Leaders is different from the LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Leadership Academy. To learn more about the Leadership Academy, please visit:


Emerging Leaders is a selective, four-month long growth and development experience for individuals at any level of an organization who are passionate about the field of aging services, and who are seeking to transform themselves, their relationships, and their organizations.


Expanding possibilities for aging through helping organizations develop engaged, whole, and effective leaders across every department and level.


Participants will engage in small group, customized learning experiences over the course of four months. This is a highly interactive program that will prompt and facilitate self-exploration, discovery of strengths and areas of opportunity, and development of a plan for continued personal growth and development. Upon successful completion of the program, Participants will receive an official certificate of completion, along with recognition on the LeadingAge Maryland website, future Emerging Leader’s materials, and at the following year’s Annual Conference.

Questions? Contact Allison:, or call 240-750-9925


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