Learn about Morgan State University’s Signature Seminar on May 19

This year Morgan State University’s Signature Seminar will focus on the workforce of the future, a topic event organizers say should be of particular interest to Baltimore’s business community.

The topic for the 2016 Signature Seminar is “Attracting, Motivating and Retaining the Workforce of 2025: Achieving Diversity, Leveraging Opportunities, and Overcoming Challenges.”

“This year’s subject is related to the future – what is it going to look like,” said Jim Valerio, a member of the seminar’s planning committee and General Manager for Envirotest. “What are employers going to do when those Baby Boomers are gone in 10 years? What do you do to prepare?”

The seventh annual Signature Seminar is May 19 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public.

The topic is attractive to the business community because many Baltimore businesses are grappling with a change in their workforce, Valerio said.

Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Honors Program organizes the seminar, which is a culmination of a seminar series at the university that focuses on current events in business.

“We want the business community to be aware of what the businesses school is doing and the caliber of the students,” Valerio said. “They (students) want to contribute to the Baltimore business community.”

Karen Proudford, Director of the business school’s honors program, said the seminar is an opportunity for a conversation about how the institution’s business program can stay relevant.

“We wanted to have a conversation about how we as a program ensure that the university is a leader for the kinds of opportunities provided for our students,” Proudford said. “We need the insight and feedback from the business community.

“It’s a terrific way to bring together that thought leadership, to bring insights back, refine and retool our program,” she said.

The seminar is also an opportunity to talk with and hear from individuals who are working to develop diverse talent within organizations, Proudford said. Seminar attendees learn how to develop and track talent.

“Our speakers will be able to share their experiences,” Proudford said, “what has worked inside their organization and challenges.”

If you go:

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: Free and open to the public

Reservations required. To reserve your seat, click here.

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