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Three from SU Among Leadership Maryland Emerging Leader Inaugural Cohort
From left: Jessica Iacona, Dr. Deirdra Johnson and Lauren McDermott.

Three from SU Among Leadership Maryland Emerging Leader Inaugural Cohort

By SU Public Relations

SALISBURY, MD---Three Salisbury University professionals are among 40 selected from across the state as inaugural members of the Leadership Maryland Emerging Leader Program.

Dr. Deirdra Johnson, associate vice president of student affairs; Lauren McDermott, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) practice manager and Jessica Iacona, Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) associate director, will complete the six-month, hands-on learning program focused on leadership development. 

“We are excited to announce the very first Emerging Leader class and welcome these motivated and forward-thinking individuals to our new program,” said David Fike ’16 (LM) president and CEO, Leadership Maryland. “This year’s class selection process was highly competitive, and after careful review of the applications, I am thrilled to share that the 40 members of the Class of 2024 represent a dynamic cross-section of ambitious and promising rising leaders. The knowledge, experience, and connections they will gain in our program will prepare them to become more adaptive and impactful leaders in their careers and communities.”

The program will run from June to November, consisting of monthly day-long sessions that include interactive training led by facilitators and panel discussions featuring leaders from across the state as guest speakers. The program’s curriculum offers a holistic approach to leadership development, designed to help each applicant increase their self-awareness and gain behaviors, skills and tools to become more adaptive, inclusive, strategic and impactful leaders. 

Leadership Maryland’s Emerging Leader Program is open to individuals who are advancing in their careers, are actively involved in their communities, and desire to become stronger leaders in both areas. Members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities and their state.

Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing Maryland and its regions. 

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