Loyola University Maryland

Building a Better World Through Business

2020 Schedule of Events

Event Cancellation Notice

Due to an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19, Loyola's Building a Better World Through Business events have been canceled, although we hope to reschedule the BoardCONNECT event for fall 2020.

Keynote Speaker: Kavita Shukla on "Changing the World, One Piece of Paper at a Time"

Tuesday, March 24
7 p.m.
McManus Theater

Kavita Shukla photoKavita Shukla is the Founder and CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co. and the inventor of FreshPaper. What started as a middle-school science project—inspired by an Indian home remedy—soon developed into a world-changing innovation taking on the massive challenge of global food waste. Made from organic spices, FreshPaper is a disposable, recyclable, and biodegradable sheet that naturally keeps produce fresh for longer—thereby reducing food spoilage. Today, it’s used by farmers and families around the globe, and The FRESHGLOW Co. has partnered with some of the largest retailers in the world. The young entrepreneur holds four patents (and several international honors) for her innovation, and was the youngest woman ever to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award—the world’s largest prize for design, presented by the Crown Princess of Denmark.

Shukla’s story of simple beginnings, belief, and empowerment has inspired millions worldwide—even becoming the subject of a short film by Hollywood actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard. Shukla has spoken about the power of simple ideas at the White House, the United Nations, SXSW, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, TEDxManhattan, Harvard University, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. She was also a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit, along with Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey. Shukla was honored at Variety’s annual “Power of Women” alongside March for Our Lives’ Emma Gonzalez, Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish, and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman. Recently, she was invited to testify before the United States Congress about how her simple innovation went global.

Shukla’s innovations and her quest to take on global food waste have been featured by CNN, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Economist, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and The Today Show. She has been inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, and was a First Place Winner at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. She holds a BA from Harvard University.

In this talk, Shukla shares the story of how FreshPaper came to be, and the challenges she’s faced—and overcome—in her journey as a young entrepreneur, businesswoman, and activist for global social change.

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

boardCONNECT with Business Volunteers Maryland

Wednesday, March 25
4–6 p.m.
McGuire Hall East

Loyola University Maryland has partnered with Business Volunteers Maryland (BVM)—a nonprofit organization centered in Baltimore that strengthens the community by making strategic connections between people, businesses, and nonprofits—to create opportunities for the University and the community.

At this event inaugural event hosted by BVM and Loyola, local nonprofits will meet with faculty, administrators and staff in a structured, round-robin format to discuss participation on their organizational boards. In cases of mutual interest, participants and organizations will have follow up meetings to explore available board opportunities in greater depth.

This activity provides an opportunity for Loyola personnel to build a better world through business and to contribute to the Baltimore community by providing valuable expertise at the board level to help local nonprofits manage themselves and their missions more effectively.  This event is open to Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators – registration information coming soon.

Access the boardCONNECT registration page. If you have any questions, please contact dluvison@loyola.edu

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Student Pitch & Poster Competition: "Rising to the Challenge: Building a Better Baltimore"

Wednesday, March 25
6–8 p.m.
McGuire Hall West

Student engaged in pitch competition activityLoyola students - what is your idea?

Student proposals will respond to the challenge question: How might we build on Baltimore’s strengths and respond to a current need by creating a new initiative or business venture? Research and develop an idea that contributes to the economic and social well-being of Baltimore. 

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 then compete in the pitch phase of the competition; prize money will be awarded to the top three finishing teams in the pitch round, as well as the team that is selected as the People's Choice winner. Students can enter the competition individually or as a team (up to four students on a team).

Students participating in the pitch competition are encouraged to attend two workshops to 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. Students participating in the pitch competition are encouraged to attend a workshop to receive training and guidance from faculty and professionals as to how to come up with an idea.  Those selected for the pitch poster event all be required to attend a workshop on how to prepare a poster that captures an idea and proposed solution, and how to successfully pitch/communicate your idea.

To learn more, visit the 2020 pitch competition entry page.

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

"Stronger Together: Advancing Racial Equality and Business Growth"

Thursday, March 26
8:30 a.m. Breakfast available
9–10:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion
4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center

While Maryland's under-40 workforce will soon be majority people of color, race-based barriers continue to limit individual opportunity, stall community progress, and harm our economy. How can a focus on racial equity create sustainable business growth? Join us for a roundtable discussion with employers and advocates about effective strategies for advancing equity in a changing workplace. 

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The panelists are:

  • A. Adar Ayira, Senior Director of Strategy & Racial Equity, Associated Black Charities, a statewide public foundation focused on broadening economic opportunities and access and reducing the structural and institutional racialized barriers that impede the economic growth, inclusion, influence, and well-being of African Americans in Maryland.
  • John Frisch, Principal, Shawan Leadership, LLC, where he is an executive leadership coach and leadership development consultant who works with individuals, companies and organizations to help them grow as leaders and to achieve more of their potential, a passion he developed while he was Chairman and CEO of the mid-Atlantic law firm Miles & Stockbridge.
  • Angel St. Jean, Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, where she leads the agency’s effort to build a citywide, coordinated workforce system. 
  • Lolita Taub, Chief of Staff, Catalyte, a workforce data science company that uses artificial intelligence to identify individuals, regardless of background, who have the innate potential and cognitive ability to be great software developers.
  • Danielle Torain, Director, Open Society Institute – Baltimore, which focuses on the root causes of drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. OSI also supports a growing corps of social entrepreneurs committed to underserved populations in Baltimore.

Elizabeth Kennedy, J.D., associate professor of law and social responsibility will serve as the event’s moderator.

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

Shuttle service to/from the 4th Floor Program Room will be provided from Cathedral of Mary Our Queen (5200 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md., 21202) beginning at 7:30am. Shuttle will provide round-trip service to the Boulder/Student Center stop (15 minutes between trips). Additional parking information and directions to campus are also available