Leadership Frederick County Celebrates 35 Years!

Building a Stronger Frederick: A Legacy of Leadership Frederick County

Article by Jennifer Gerlock

Photography by Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Originally published in Frederick Lifestyle

Leadership Frederick County (LFC) marks its 35th anniversary this year having trained and graduated more than 1,300 leaders in Frederick County since 1988.

The purpose of the program is to transform a diverse and highly motivated group of individuals into a network of leaders who are intimately connected and equipped with the knowledge and a commitment to benefit the entire community. 

Over the years, alumni of LFC have made a tremendous impact on Frederick County and have gone on to lead as public servants, nonprofit executives and serve as catalysts for positive change in the region. 

During their time as class members, participants get a behind-the-scenes understanding of the connected systems of the county, and the opportunity to have candid discussions with influencers and decision-makers in many areas including agriculture, economic development, public safety, education, arts and recreation, government and health and human services. Graduates emerge from the program viewing the region and its assets in a new and profound way and confident in their ability to tackle difficult issues and make an impact.

“The Leadership Frederick County program has been instrumental in the development of a robust pipeline of civic leaders who serve this community,” said Rick Weldon, President & CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. “LFC graduates lead with integrity and have a passion for making a difference. The positive influence of the program in Frederick County over the years is undeniable.” 

A formal celebration of Leadership Frederick County and its alumni will be held on June 8th at Union Mills Public House. The event will also mark the unveiling of new leadership awards highlighting the impact of outstanding alumni over the years.


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