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Loyola to hold 3rd annual Building a Better World Through Business event

| By Molly Robey
Building a better world through business

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will present Building a Better World Through Business, an annual series of events celebrating ways that businesses create sustainable economic and social development in their communities. The series will take place March 26–28, 2019, on Loyola’s Evergreen campus.

“In the Sellinger School, faculty help our students recognize the role business plays in supporting and strengthening a community,” said Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “Building a Better World Through Business offers our campus community an opportunity to consider how we might be part of bringing about positive change in Baltimore through innovation, collaboration, and community partnerships.”

The Building a Better World Through Business event series begins with a keynote address by Bill Strickland, executive chairman of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation—an extraordinary jobs training center and community arts program. He will present “The Art of Leadership, and the Business of Social Change,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the McManus Theatre. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Strickland leads his staff in working with corporations, community leaders, and schools to give disadvantaged children and adults the opportunities they need to build a better future. His centers are open in many cities across the country including 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.

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. He was named one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions by then-President Barack Obama and was honored by the United States Senate for his contribution to social innovation.

The week will also include:

On Wednesday, March 27, the “Build Your World Career Fair 2019,” will be held at McGuire Hall East from 4–6 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet with primarily for-profit companies—many of whom hire all majors, offer full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. For more information and to register for the event, students may sign up in Handshake.

An entrepreneurial poster and pitch competition, “Rising to the Challenge: Ideas to Help Build a Better Baltimore,” will take place on Wednesday, March 27, from 6–8 p.m. in McGuire Hall West. Students will respond to the prompt, “Loyola students: What's your idea? Develop an initiative, service, or product that contributes to Baltimore's economic and social well-being.”

A breakfast and panel discussion, “Loyola, Business, and Community Partners: Coming Together to Build a Better Baltimore,” will explore the relationship between business and community partners in driving Baltimore’s growth and development. The panelists are Augie Chiasera, president of Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake Region at M&T Bank; Tyson Garith, director of partnerships and business services at Strong City Baltimore; Kelly Hodge-Williams, ’89, former president and CEO of Business Volunteers Maryland; and Michael Walton, principal of 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. John Brothers, president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and Program for Charitable Giving, will moderate the panel discussion. The event will be held on Thursday, March 28, with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and discussion from 9–11 a.m. in Loyola’s 4th Floor Program Room located in the Andrew White Student Center.

Building a Better World Through Business events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.  To learn more and register for events, visit www.loyola.edu/better-business.

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