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Building a Better World Through Business

2019 Schedule of Events

Keynote: Bill Strickland on "The Art of Leadership, and the Business of Social Change"

Tuesday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
McManus Theater
Reception to follow

William Strickland Bill Strickland has changed lives, restored our faith in ethical leadership, and reshaped the business of social change. As Executive Chairman of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation—an extraordinary jobs training center and community arts program—he and his staff work with corporations, community leaders, and schools to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities they need to build a better future. (Centers are already running in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Grand Rapids, New Haven, Boston, and Buffalo; with many more in the planning stages, including international centers in Israel, London, and Japan.) 

Recently, Strickland was named as one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Obama. And for years now, in front of enraptured audiences, this MacArthur Genius has shared his unshakable message of leadership, self-worth and the intrinsic ability in all of us to achieve remarkable transformation in our lives. He was also honored by the US Senate for his contribution to social innovation. 

Strickland is also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, a recipient of The White House’s “Coming Up Taller” Award, and the founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.

A Poster and Pitch Competition - Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore

Wednesday, March 27Poster session discussion
6 – 8 p.m.
McGuire Hall

The “Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore” poster and pitch competition will feature undergraduate and graduate students from any of Loyola's disciplines or majors proposing innovative ideas and sustainable solutions that respond to challenges the Baltimore community currently faces.  

Student proposals will respond to the following prompt:

Loyola students - what's your idea? Develop an initiative, service or product that contributes to Baltimore's economic and social well-being.

The goal of this event is to highlight how innovative thinking can lead to an idea that transforms communities and strengthens societies.  

Students will receive training and guidance from faculty and professionals as to how to come up with an idea, how to prepare a poster that captures an idea and proposed solution, and how to successfully pitch/communicate your idea. The event includes poster presentations which will be rated by leaders and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore community who will serve as judges for the event. The top five teams chosen by judges will then compete in the pitch phase of competition; prize money will be awarded to the top three finishing teams, as well as the team that receives the audience's vote. Students can enter the competition individually or form teams (up to four students on a team).

A reception for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Baltimore community will take place during the competition. This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 pitch competition entry process.

Loyola, Business, and Community Partners: Coming Together to Build a Better Baltimore

Thursday, March 28
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available
9 – 11 a.m.  Panel Discussion
4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center

This event will feature a panel of speakers who will highlight the important relationship between business and community partners in driving Baltimore's growth and development. John Brothers, president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and Program for Charitable Giving, will moderate the panel discussion. 

Our 2019 panelists include:

  • Mr. Augie Chiasera, President, Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake Region at M&T Bank and Chairman of the Board, Economic Alliance for Greater Baltimore
  • Mr. Tyson Garith, Director of Partnerships and Business Services, Strong City Baltimore
  • Ms. Kelly Hodge-Williams, '89, Former President & CEO, Business Volunteers Maryland
  • Michael Walton, Principal, Tower Hill Atlantic, LLC, Founding Principal of Atlantic Investment Associates, and Member of the Board of Sponsors for the Sellinger School of Business and Management

Collaborative relationships between stakeholders—businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, government, institutions, community partners and citizens—can drive social impact and contribute to economic development. This panel will explore ways to strengthen strategic connections and establish new partnerships, discuss existing resources for stakeholders and identify outstanding needs of community partners.  

This event is free of charge and open to the Baltimore community, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Registration is required and will be available shortly.

This event will be particularly beneficial to individuals in the Baltimore community who have recently started a small business or who are thinking of starting one, as well as businesses looking to learn about potential resources and partnerships to further expand their business. For more information, email BBWTB@loyola.edu

Event parking information: Shuttle service to/from McGuire Hall will be provided from the Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC) beginning at 7:30am. Shuttle will provide roundtrip service to the Boulder stop (15-20 minutes between trips). Additional parking information and directions to campus are also available.