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Rachael Lighty, rachael.lighty@bge.com

Lindsay Hebert, lhebert@devaney.net

Valencia McClure Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2015

BGE employee and Upper Marlboro resident one of 50 to join program BALTIMORE, Md. (March 10, 2015) – Leadership Maryland recently announced that Valencia McClure, director of communications and corporate relations at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting our state’s brightest leaders. McClure is one of 50 Maryland leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 23rd class – the Class of 2015 – who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. "We are extremely proud of Valencia for her commitment to make a positive impact on communities across Maryland," said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. "Through the Leadership Maryland program, Valencia will continue to build on her strong set of leadership and problem solving skills, which will benefit not only BGE, but also Maryland as a whole. Her commitment to BGE and to her community is admirable and we commend her on her acceptance into the Leadership Maryland program." Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers. "The selection process for the Class of 2015 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from," said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. "The 50 selected participants represent a broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state." McClure is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and has been honored with the UTA Outstanding African American Alumni. She is the current president of the African American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Baltimore Chapter and also serves on the board of directors for Bowie State and Girl Scouts Central Maryland. McClure joins several BGE executives who have completed the Leadership Maryland program since inception in 1993. Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org. # # # About Leadership Maryland Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting our state’s brightest leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,000 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org. About BGE: BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.         
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