Program: HOBY MD Annual Seminar

Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Maryland and Maryland Leadership Seminar, Inc. were formed in 1979 after Hugh O’Brian contacted the Maryland Jaycees — a service organization that continues to offer invaluable support to the annual Maryland Leadership Seminar. From our humble beginnings with 46 represented high schools, the Maryland seminar has grown to consistently serve now more than 200 students each year from public and private high schools across the state. Likewise, our all-volunteer planning committee and staff reflects the growing involvement of our HOBY alumni — more and more former ambassadors are volunteering their time as committee members, staff, speakers and facilitators.

HOBY Maryland is the local, state-level affiliate of Hugh O'Brian Youth International. For over 50 years HOBY has been known as the country’s top youth leadership development organization. Founded in 1958 by veteran actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. O’Brian set out to help young people make a difference and become positive catalysts for change — in the home, school, workplace, and community. Now, with more than 375,000 alumni leading the way, HOBY is respected worldwide for its youth leadership programs.

Check back here frequently for details of the 2019 Maryland Leadership Seminar as they emerge.

The 2019 Maryland Leadership Seminar will take place Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Mount St. Mary's University. The university is located at:

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Registration will occur Thursday afternoon at the Terrace dormitories in McCaffrey Hall. Signs will be posted and staff will be highly visible wearing identification and/or HOBY t-shirts. Please make sure you arrive as early into registration as possible.

During the seminar there will be panels on topics including entrepreneurship, diversity, education, volunteerism, and the media. Each panel will have 3-5 speakers who are leaders and experts in that particular topic. They will speak for 5 minutes each. The remaining time will be for ambassadors to ask questions, discuss the subject with peers and form opinions about the information presented.

A key component of the Maryland Leadership Seminar is practicing leadership skills. Leadership Labs take place throughout the weekend and include a variety of hands-on and fun activities.

For many years, the Maryland Leadership Seminar has been promoting community service as part of our program. Every year we attempt to do an off-site, hands-on service project in the local community. In recent years, we have been performing service around the community of Frederick, MD.

The event will also include social opportunities. All the hard work, learning, and participation in thoughtful discussions would not be complete without activities dedicated solely to fun. Each seminar features an Ambassador Talent Showcase, a dance (with DJ), and social room filled with games, snacks, and great conversation.

Dress is business casual throughout most of the weekend. Ambassadors should bring a sweater or sweatshirt for meeting rooms as they may be cold. Clothing should be consistent with what would be appropriate for any school function. For the off-site Service Learning Project, ambassadors will want to wear clothes they won't mind getting dirty. Lastly, Ambassadors should bring "Sunday's Best" clothes (a jacket and tie for men; dress/skirt/dress pants for women) for the closing ceremonies on Sunday.

HOBY pays for virtually everything at the seminar. The only expenses you may incur are for souvenirs from the "HOBY Store." The store will be open during the seminar to purchase mementos and souvenirs from your HOBY experience.