Leadership Carroll

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Leadership Carroll is co-sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Community College. Since its debut in 1990, Leadership Carroll has been the premier leadership development program in Carroll County. Its purpose is to provide existing and emerging leaders with a combination of leadership training and detailed knowledge of the community, including a description of the problems, opportunities and issues facing our community. Employers from every size business, along with nonprofit and government organizations, enroll their managers and key professional staff in the program and provide them direct contact with the leaders and the institutions central to the process of change in Carroll County. Leadership Carroll is your best opportunity to enhance your own or your employees’ knowledge of who to call on and how to get things done in Carroll County.

What does the program offer?

Leadership Carroll provides an unparalleled learning experience including:

Class of 2013 State Government Day

  • Carroll County yesterday — its rich history and its agricultural heritage and traditions
  • Carroll County today — the relationships and interactions among its major components
  • Carroll County tomorrow — where our community is headed with regard to economic development and residential quality of life
  • Leadership training
Leadership Carroll offers relationship-building opportunities with:
  • classmates
  • alumni
  • facilitators and presenters
  • site visit hosts
  • government officials and other key decision makers
How does the program work?

Leadership Carroll builds civic awareness and leadership skills through:

  • leadership style and skills assessments
  • classwork in leadership theory and techniques
  • presentations by community and business leaders
  • exposure to the leadership challenges and opportunities in our community


The Leadership Carroll program is planned and developed by staff representatives of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Community College and a team of Leadership alumni. Participants gather for an overnight retreat in September and for one full-day session each month, October through June. Monthly sessions offer site visits, guest lecturers, expert presentations, hands-on demonstrations and networking focusing on one or more aspects of life in Carroll County, such as:

  • state and local government
  • agriculture
  • public and private education
  • business and economic development
  • justice and the law
  • media & nonprofits
Who is eligible?

Anyone who lives, works, or markets in Carroll County may apply. Consideration is given to creating a cross-section of the community to include people with various careers and educational, social and cultural backgrounds. Care is also taken to allow representation from various geographic locations in the area. Class size is limited to encourage personal interaction among participants and presenters. Applicants should occupy or aspire to leadership positions in their careers and/or their communities.

Attendance and Participation

Leadership Carroll requires a serious commitment to the program. Participants are expected to attend all sessions from beginning to end unless there is an emergency. Attendance at the first and last session is mandatory. Program Dates for the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 are listed below.

How do I apply for Leadership Carroll? 

To apply for the Class of 2025 please fill out our online application.  Early application is encouraged. Applicants will be asked to appear for an interview. Tuition for the 2025 program is $2,150 for Chamber members and $2,500 for non-members and may be paid by the participant, the participant’s employer, a sponsor or any combination of these. Tuition covers all training materials, transportation, the overnight retreat and nine full-day sessions including lunch. Payment is due following the selection process. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Mike McMullin, President.  Apply by June 30, 2024, or until class is filled. Note: The class fills quickly, so don’t delay.

Class of 2025 Session Dates

Welcome Reception – Tues., Aug. 27, 2024, 4-6 PM

Leadership Carroll Retreat: Monday, September 9 & Tuesday, September 10, 2024*

Tuesday, October 8, 2024– Growth & Development Day

Tuesday, November 12, 2024– Media & Nonprofit Day

Tuesday, December 10, 2024 – Health & Wellness Day

Tuesday, January 14, 2025** – State of the County & Local Government Day

Tuesday, February 11, 2025 – State Government Day – Trip to Annapolis

Tuesday, March 11, 2025 – Justice & Law Day

Tuesday, April 8, 2025 – Education Day

Tuesday, May 13, 2025 – Agribusiness Day

Tuesday, June 10, 2025 – Commencement

* The September session is a two-day session which includes an overnight retreat. Participants will be provided with details upon acceptance into the program.

** The January 2025 date will coincide with the “State of the County Address” by the Carroll County Commissioners.

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