The Greater Baltimore Committee hosts dozens of events each year — some are open to all, some are exclusive to GBC members. In 2019, the GBC held such major events as the 64th Annual Meeting; the first ever Bridging the Gap Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit; the 2019 Economic Outlook Conference; and the 2019 Transportation Summit. The Newsmaker Speaker series included such guests as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen. Breakfast Briefing topics ranged from the Future of Wireless Connectivity to Cybersecurity in the Workplace, from the Affordable Care Act to Hunger and Poverty in Baltimore. See some highlights from the GBC’s 2019 events here and watch for 2020 event announcements throughout the year.
GBC's 2019 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum took place on Jan. 28, 2019, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Speakers included Senator Bill Ferguson, Senator J.B. Jennings, Delegate Eric Bromwell, Delegate Nicholaus Kipke, Keiffer Mitchell, Delegate Benjamin Brooks and Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes.
GBC's four-part speaker series with Chris McDonell, President and CEO of McDonell Consulting Group/Sandler Training, took place throughout the year. Topics covered included:
Caring Enough To Be Demanding Of Exceptional Results: Understanding Your Workforce and the Difference Between Ability and Motivation, Closing the Sale and Effective Networking and Business Development.
Business leaders had the opportunity to meet then-Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Feb. 25, 2019. Harrison discussed his plans for the Baltimore Police Department.
On March 11, 2019, Breakfast Briefing attendees had the opportunity to learn about 5G and The Future of Wireless Connectivity, Innovation and Investment. Speakers included Arturo Chang, State Government Affairs Counsel, Wireless Infrastructure Association; LaTara Harris, Regional Director, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T; and Richard Rothrock, Government Relations Manager, Crown Castle.
On April 9, 2019, Newsmaker Speaker Series attendees heard from Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello, Chair, Budget and Appropriations Committee, about Baltimore City's financial condition, public safety budgeting and overtime expenditures and tax incentives to grow Baltimore's economy.
GBC's 64th Annual Meeting took place on May 13, 2019, with featured speaker U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein (pictured, third from left).
Isabel Mercedes Cumming, Inspector General for the City of Baltimore, spoke at GBC's May 22, 2019, Newsmaker Speaker Series event.
On June 13, 2019, Aster Angagaw (fourth from right), Former CEO, Sodexo Healthcare North America, spoke at Baltimore Women's Advisory Board #bWomen event: The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS), discussed the current state of affairs in BCPS, efforts to improve the academic accomplishments of BCPS students and opportunities for local businesses to partner with BCPS during a June 24, 2019, Newsmaker Speaker Series event.
The June 26, 2019, Breakfast Briefing discussed Cybersecurity in the Workplace -- Keeping Your Company's Data Safe. Speakers included Dave Hartman, President and Co-Founder of Hartman Executive Advisors; Ryan LaSalle, Managing Director – North America Lead, Accenture Security; and Robert Wallace, President, CEO and Founder of BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc., Bithenergy, Inc., and EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC.
The 2019 GBC Golf Classic took place on July 10, 2019, at Greystone Golf Course. (Pictured: The Team from Edwards & Hill)
The July 11, 2019, Newsmaker Speaker Series on Gun Violence in Urban America featured author Thomas Abt, moderator Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO, Roca and panelists
Ganesha Martin, Baltimore Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice; Major Lloyd Wells, Eastern District, Baltimore City Police Department; Daniel Webster, ScD, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and James Timpson, Director of Youth Work and Crisis Intervention, Roca.
The Greater Baltimore Committee, in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, offers one-day "Stop the Bleed" training for GBC members throughout the year. The training provides the basics of how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and ways to stop it.
The GBC hosted its 2019 Transportation Summit on Sept. 9, 2019, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards. Gust speakers Rodney E. Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Kevin B. Quinn, Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration; and Michael B. Kelly, Executive Director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council (pictured left to right) discussed transportation, infrastructure needs and funding and a new regional transportation plan.
Insurance agent Jay Duke, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield's Catherine Grason, government affairs consultant/lobbyist for Old Line Government Affairs Brett Lininger and Public Private Strategies Founder Rhett Buttle (all pictured above with GBC CEO and President Don Fry, right to left) discussed the Affordable Care Act during a GBC Breakfast Briefing on Sept. 11, 2019.
Debra L. McCurdy, the new President of Baltimore City Community College, (pictured far right) spoke at a GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series event on Sept. 27, 2019.
U.S. Senator Christopher J. Van Hollen Jr. spoke about top federal issues that are currently being debated in Washington, D.C., the important election year on the horizon and more during the GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series on Oct. 18, 2019.
Keynote speaker Dr. Steve Robbins discussed "Your Brain is Good at Inclusion ... Except When it's Not" at GBC's inaugural Bridging the Gap Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit on Oct. 21, 2019 at the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Top executives Joseph Sullivan, Chairman and CEO, Legg Mason; Robert Wallace, President, CEO and Founder, Bithgroup Technologies; Timothy Gillis, Managing Partner, KPMG; and David Imre, CEO, imre discussed How to be an Effective Ally at the Baltimore Women's Advisory Board Oct. 24, 2019, event at Towson University. (Pictured left to right: Sabina Kelly, Christine Aspell, David Imre, Melanie Perreault, Robert Wallace, Timothy Gillis and Joseph Sullivan)
On Nov. 5, 2019, the GBC held its 2019 Economic Outlook Conference at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Tom Barkin, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (pictured);
Andrew M. Schaufele, Director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates, Comptroller of Maryland; and Bernard Yaros, Assistant Director and Economist, Moody’s Analytics spoke about the state of the Mid-Atlantic region and Maryland's economy.
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball spoke during the Nov. 13, 2019, Newsmaker Speaker Series about issues important to Columbia, Ellicott City and the region.
The GBC's Nov. 15, 2019, Breakfast Briefing explored how the Maryland Food Bank and other nonprofits are working to address hunger and poverty in Maryland. The panel discussion featured Carmen Del Guercio, President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank (above, second from left); Meg Kimmel, Executive Vice President of Programs and External Affairs, Maryland Food Bank (above, left); Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. (above, center); and Amy Collier, Director of Community Services Division, Catholic Charities of Baltimore (above, second from right).
The 2019 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, which recognizes exceptional minority, women-owned, majority businesses and executives who nurture the development of minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore and Maryland, took place on Nov. 18, 2019, at the American Visionary Art Museum.
The 45th Annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards, presented by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation to recognize businesses that have demonstrated significant corporate leadership and service to improve the quality of life in Baltimore, took place on Dec. 12, 2019, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. (Pictured: Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, center, with the 2019 Mayor's Business Recognition Award winners. Photo courtesy of Mark Dennis, Office of the Mayor.)
Baltimore County Executive Johnny "O" Olszewski, Jr., spoke at a Newsmaker Speaker Series event on Dec. 16, 2019.