Speakers at GBC’s 66th Annual Meeting to focus on Racial Equity and Social Justice

Thomas Friedman

May 14, 2021

Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of seven bestselling books, will focus his keynote speech on the importance of the racial equity and social justice movement during the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 66th Annual Meeting, May 18.

Calvin Butler, GBC Chair and Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities, will discuss the GBC’s continued leadership role in advancing racial equity and social justice.

“We must continue to face the challenge of inequities in our communities head on. We must continue to break down barriers and strive for interconnectedness. We must keep moving forward with purpose today to be a national example of how business leaders can be a catalyst for a better, more equitable tomorrow,” Butler will say during his speech.

Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, will focus part of his speech on the GBC’s Operational Priorities and its work thus far to advance and advocate for racial equity and social justice.

“The overriding priority is the business community’s lead in advocating and advancing a racial equity and social justice agenda,” Fry will say during his speech. “Moving forward, the GBC will announce more programs that will offer solutions to address systemic societal inequities and build more equitable and inclusive workplaces.”

In addition to the speeches, the GBC meeting will feature addresses from the Mayor of Baltimore, the County Executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties, and the President of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners regarding regional unity during the pandemic.

The Annual Meeting also will feature the election of GBC Board members, and a presentation of the GBC Regional Visionary Award, which is bestowed to individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to improving the region.


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.