Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials is a six-month leadership development program, offered in cohorts through Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Continuing Education in collaboration with Leadership Howard County and area organizations. The program runs from December through June.

Leadership Essentials is targeted at rising stars and emerging leaders in the beginning and middle of their careers. Approximately 20-25 individuals will be selected to participate in the cohort program.

Designed to address the critical gap between the skills provided by formal education and the full development of seasoned professionals, Leadership Essentials offers a skill-building program that includes three components: workshops, individual coaching, and team-based projects to address the needs of local non-profit organizations.

Loyola University Maryland awards 90 hours of professional development credits for Leadership Essentials and 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A CEU is not equivalent to a graduate or undergraduate course; however it is evidence of professional study as recognized by Loyola University Maryland.

About the Program

Leadership Essentials empowers and connects leaders to strengthen and transform the community—giving participants firsthand experience with critical issues and challenging them to turn their leadership into action.

This six-month program provides benefits in three areas:

  1. Leadership Skill Building
  2. Professional Leadership Coaching
  3. Community Service Projects

Your leadership journey is a distinct part of your career/work life – nurture it!

Download the Leadership Essentials 2022 Program Flyer for more information.

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Please reach out to Lori Fuchs any time for more information about the program at lfuchs@loyola.edu

Announcement and Employment Opportunity

Dear Friends of Leadership Essentials,

It is with mixed emotions that I’m sharing the news that Lori Fuchs will be leaving her role with Leadership Essentials this June. Lori plans to assist us with the transition of the LE program (more on that below) and is excited to find out the next stop in her journey.

As most of you know, Lori has been the heart and soul of Leadership Essentials for the past 10 years and over that time has partnered with many area organizations to build the program into one of the most renowned and respected development programs for emerging leaders in the State of Maryland. The entire Loyola University Maryland team involved in Leadership Essentials will miss her incredible dedication and devotion to growing highly effective leaders in our communities. Lori‘s legacy includes an alumni group of over 250 leaders who have gone on to start businesses, play key roles in their organizations, serve on community boards of directors, and become active in local politics.

Please rest assured Loyola is fully committed to continuing Leadership Essentials under the guidance of a new Program Consultant and in conjunction with the current all-star lineup of community partners. Furthermore, in the spirit of continuity and a smooth transition, Lori has agreed to transition her knowledge and processes with our new program leader as she will remain with LE in a consulting role for a few months after June.

We encourage you to consider and/or share the position opening:

LE Program Consultant Job Opening

As we look forward to continuing her excellent tradition of leadership development, we want to again offer Lori our heartfelt gratitude for her unparalleled service and wish her all the best for a very bright future.

W. Scott Moores
Program Director, Center for Continuing Education
Loyola University Maryland


The Leadership Essentials program is always interested in having additional qualified coaches apply and volunteer. 

Please check back for updated information on Leadership Essentials 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Fuchs at lfuchs@loyola.edu.

Leadership Essentials is offered in collaboration with Leadership Howard County.