The 2018 Harford Leadership Academy annual graduation banquet was held on Thursday evening, June 7, in Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Center. The HLA, a community leadership development program co-sponsored by Harford Community College and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, promotes the development of existing and emerging leaders and creates a committed, involved, and diverse network of leaders in Harford County. Nearly 1,000 individuals have completed this outstanding program, representing the areas of business and industry, education, government and civic organizations.

Victor Cyran, Harford Leadership Academy Coordinator and Director for Workforce Development, opened with reminding attendees that, “Through the Harford Leadership Academy, future leaders are given the unique opportunity to learn from today's leaders. They, their organizations, and our entire community benefit as Harford Leadership Academy participants gain the knowledge necessary to lead Harford County in the 21st century.” Patrick Vincenti, Harford County Council representative for District E, also addressed the HLA graduates, commending them on their accomplishment and their dedication to leadership in the community.

Angela Saccenti, Marketing Manager for The Arena Club, received the HLA Alumni Association's 2017 graduate of the year award for outstanding community service from July 2017 through June 2018. According to Ms. Saccenti, “HLA has been an incredibly rewarding experience.  I did not expect that I would walk away with such meaningful relationships and connections, nor did I expect that it would re-ignite the passion I had in my youth for helping my community. I didn’t expect that even small community endeavors would also foster what has become very important relationships and life lessons for me.”

Harford Leadership Academy goals are to identify, educate, motivate, and develop potential community leaders; expose program participants to the challenges our community faces and the opportunities that are available for community growth; provide a communications network between present and future community leaders; and promote leadership on a planned, continuing basis for the development of our community.

Applications for next year’s class will be accepted beginning July 1, 2018. For more information, contact Victor Cyran at 443-412-2398 or