Bridging the Gap Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit 2019

  • October 21, 2019
    11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Join the GBC for the inaugural Bridging the Gap Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit!

This informative and interactive half-day event will bring together majority, minority and women-owned businesses and civic organizations to discuss strategies for transforming the culture within your business and across the broader community to be more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Dr. Steve RobbinsKeynote speaker Dr. Steve Robbins will discuss: “Your Brain is Good at Inclusion … Except When it’s Not.”

A thought leader and innovator, Dr. Robbins’ unique, science-based approach to inclusion and diversity has captured wide acclaim from audiences and organizations across the United States. The core of his work is about understanding human behavior and leveraging human differences in an ever-changing, fast-paced world. He is the creator of the video training series “Inclusion Insights” and the author of  “What If? Short Stories to Spark Inclusion & Diversity Dialogue.” Dr. Robbins earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Calvin College, and a masters and doctorate in Communication Science from Michigan State University.

Workshop topics to be offered concurrently:

Session One: 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or  Leveraging Access to Financial and Social Capital

A. The Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Research indicates that organizations that embrace diversity and promote a culture of equity and inclusion outperform their peers. In this session, panelists will share strategies for creating diversity and building a culture of inclusion and belonging within your organization.

Facilitator: Dr. Leah Cox, Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity, Towson University





José Bahamonde-González, Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Professional Development Officer, Miles & Stockbridge

Jeff Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, JIJ Communications

Robert Matthews, Chief of Staff, BGE


B. Leveraging Access to Financial and Social Capital

Often, the discussion around success in business centers around access to financial capital, yet the importance of social capital is overlooked. In this session, you will hear from the experts on strategies to position your company to leverage financial and social capital to impact your bottom line.

Facilitator: Phil Croskey, CEO & Co-Founder, MD Energy Advisors


Detra Miller, Administrative Vice President, Regional Manager, M&T Bank

Stanley Tucker, Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Management Group

Mary Ann Scully, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Howard Bank


Session Two: 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Diversity Crossfire Session: Breaking Gender Bias or  Embracing the Growing Hispanic and Latino Business Community 

C. Diversity Crossfire Session: Breaking Gender Bias

As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, women remain underrepresented as CEOs, board members and elected leaders and pay disparity persists. Panelists will utilize current events to explore the unique obstacles that women face and to offer strategies for creating more equitable and inclusive professional environments for women.  

Facilitator: Luwanda Jenkins, Executive Director, Executive Alliance




The Honorable Vanessa Atterbeary, Maryland House of Delegates

Sandy Hillman, President, Sandy Hillman Communications

David J. Hodnett, Client Advisor, Brown Advisory

Willy Moore, President, Southway Builders


D.  Embracing the Growing Hispanic and Latino Business Community

Ten percent of Marylanders are Hispanic or Latino, and this population is forecast to continue to grow. This session will educate participants about the Hispanic and Latino culture and provide strategies to build enhanced cultural competency and effective partnerships.  

Facilitator: Corina Morga, President & Owner, C.R. Services




Luis E. Borunda, Deputy Secretary of State, State of Maryland

Andrés Echeverri, President and CEO, ACSI

David Rosario, Insurance Agent, State Farm


Event Details:

When: Monday, October 21, 2019


Registration and Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Lunch with keynote speaker Dr. Steve Robbins: Noon

Concurrent Workshop Sessions: 1:45-3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Workshop Sessions: 3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Exchange Reception (networking): 4:30-6 p.m.

Where: University of Maryland Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Md., 21201

Cost: $85 GBC members and Md. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce members, $125 non-GBC members

Register to attend.

For event information, contact Adrea Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, at 410-727-2820, ext. 46.

For sponsorship information, contact Lisa ByrdGBC’s Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820, ext. 40.

To be eligible for a refund the Greater Baltimore Committee requires a 72-hour cancellation notice.

Luncheon Sponsor: Legg Mason

Champions for Diversity Sponsors: ACSI, AFRO American Newspapers, Donate Life Maryland, Howard Bank, University of Maryland Baltimore



621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, Maryland, 21201, United States