Loyola University Maryland

Building a Better World Through Business

2021 Schedule of Events

Event Notice

Due to an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19, Loyola's 2021 Building a Better World Through Business events will be held virtually!

All events are free of charge and open to the Baltimore community, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Registration is required.

Virtual Lunchtime Keynote Speaker

Marcus BullockMarcus Bullock on "Advancing Equity Through Entrepreneurship: My Journey from Incarceration to Innovation”

Wednesday, March 3
12 noon-1 p.m.

Registration for the keynote is required

Marcus Bullock's full bio

Instead of giving in to a prison system that perpetuates oppression, hopelessness, and isolation, Marcus Bullock served his time and got out, determined to make a difference. While in jail, his mother had sent him a letter every day, a simple connection to the outside world that really was his lifeline—and with his creation of Flikshop, Inc., Bullock has given that lifeline to hundreds of thousands of others. A charismatic and compelling speaker with an incredible story and infectious optimism, Bullock is a beacon of resilience, and a bastion of effectively using entrepreneurship for social change.

Virtual Panel Discussion and Networking Event

"Stronger Together: Advancing Racial Equity and Business Growth"

Wednesday, March 10
9 - 10 a.m. Panel discussion
10 - 10:30 a.m. Optional Networking Opportunity

Registration for the panel discussion and networking event is required

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 virtual roundtable discussion with employers and advocates about effective strategies for advancing equity in a changing workplace.  Following the discussion, stay online for optional networking to connect with colleagues.

The moderator and panelists are:

  • Will Holmes, Chairman, Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, works to expand efforts of inclusion and build strong relationship in support of growth opportunities for the business community.  Holmes is also the Founder of Will Holmes Consulting (WHC), a business management and technology consulting firm serving government agencies, financial institutions, universities and growing organizations in the United States, Africa and Asia.
  • Angel St. Jean, CEO of The Black Brain Trust, where she leads the agency’s effort to build a citywide, coordinated workforce system.
  • 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.


Virtual Student Pitch Competition

"Rising to the Challenge: Building a Better Baltimore"

Student presenting her pitch poster

Wednesday, March 24
5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. 

Registration for the pitch competition is required

Instead of Shark Tank, think Hound Tank! Student proposals will respond to the challenge question:

How might the Baltimore business community effectively advance racial equity?

Pitch competition winners posing with big award checks

Students participating in the pitch competition are encouraged to attend two virtual workshops to receive training and guidance from faculty and professionals as to how to come up with an idea, how to prepare a pitch submission that captures an idea, and how to successfully pitch and effectively communicate their ideas on a virtual platform. The goal of this event is to highlight how innovative thinking can lead to an idea that transforms communities and strengthens societies.

Students, faculty, staff and community members not participating in the competition can join us in the audience for the live virtual event which will showcase the top teams pitching their ideas in response to the challenge question. Their presentation will be rated by leaders and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore community who will serve as judges for the event. Prize money will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as the team that is selected as the People's Choice winner–attendees will be able to vote virtually!  

Interested in submitting a proposal? Visit the 2021 pitch competition entry page.