SOCIALLAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY
BALTIMORE OFFICE OF PROMOTION & THE ARTS
Thursday, April 6, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Gather with social entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers to explore, together, how we can build a more equitable and responsible society.
EMCEE: Quincey Gamble. Quincey Gamble has over a decade of experience in progressive politics and union organizing. His past positions include Managing Director for Rock the Vote; Political Director for SEIU 1199, Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and National Political Director for Voter Protection at the Democratic National Committee. He most recently served as Executive Director of OneBaltimore, a public-private partnership formed to address the systemic problems which plague Baltimore and to help shape and support efforts to rebuild Baltimore communities and neighborhoods.
Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit & Innovation Communities
Welcome To SocialLab@LightCity
Featuring Bill Gilmore, Chief Executive Office, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Welcome & Introduction
Featuring Quincey Gamble, Executive Director, OneBaltimore; Introduced by Jamie McDonald, Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City
Speaking Truth To Power: Why The Truth Is Necessary Now More Than Ever & Why It Matters To Do It When It Is Most Difficult
Featuring Luvvie Ajayi, New York Times best-selling author and blogger
Home Sweet Home: The Origins, Persistence, & Solutions To Homelessness
Featuring Molly McGrath Tierney, Director, Baltimore City Department Of Social Services; Jeff Singer, Former Director, Healthcare For The Homeless
Celebrate Your Light: A Special Performance By Dance & Bmore
Special Introduction By Ron Cassie, Baltimore Magazine To A Bold New Vision For Re-Shaping Development In Baltimore: Perspectives From An Award-Winning Young Leader
Featuring Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Featuring Darius Graham, Social Innovation Lab Director at Johns Hopkins University; Michelle Geiss; Co-Founder & Executive Director at ImpactHub Baltimore; Tammira Lucas, CEO of The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, Co-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, Co-Founder of The Cube Cowork, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist & Professor; Moderated By Angel Elliott, Journalist, The Angel Era
Guerrilla Humanitarianism: Do What You Love, And Help Along The Way
Featuring Jon Rose, Founder of Waves For Water
Afternoon Session Kick-Off
Social Innovator Of The Year!
Led By David Warnock, Founder & CEO, Network for Good
Disruptors: Young Leaders Upending The Status Quo
Featuring Sarah Hemminger; CEO & Co-Founder of Thread; B. Cole, Founder of Brioxy; Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady, Social Innovator, Founder of The Stokey Project; Ericka Alston Buck, CEO for Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc; Moderated by Fagan Harris, President & CEO, Baltimore Corps
Featuring LA Finfinger, Certified Vinyasa & Power Yoga Teacher, Free City Yoga & Free Baltimore Yoga
When NO Is Not Enough. The Reporting System That Sexual Assault Survivors Want
Featuring Jess Ladd, Founder & CEO, Sexual Health Innovations, TED Fellow
Social Entrepreneur Panel
Featuring Trevor Brooks, Gunbail; Damien Drake, Pigeonly & Makers Row; Moderated By Benjamin Jealous, Partner, Kapor Capital
Onlyness: Make Your Ideas Powerful Enough To Dent The World: We All Want To Make A Dent In The World
Nilofer Merchant, Author & Speaker
Top Takeaways & Reflection
SocialLab Twilight Event: The Baltimore Ravens Innovation Challenge At Light City
This pitch competition sponsored by the Baltimore Ravens features six (6) Baltimore City/Baltimore County-based companies who will pitch to a live audience of attendees and a panel of judges featuring investors, Baltimore Ravens personnel and other local luminaries. The winning company will receive a one (1) year in-stadium Marketing & Advertising package from The Baltimore Ravens, valued at more than $200,000 including the following advertising opportunities: LED Signage in Stadium, Ravens Gameday Publication, Ravens Yearbook, Ravens Training Camp Coverage, RavensWalk, and Ravens Flock Festival at M&T Bank Stadium. Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Luvvie Ajayi – New York Times best-selling author and blogger
Speaker Topic: Speaking Truth To Power – Why The Truth Is Necessary Now More Than Ever & Why It Matters To Do It When It Is Most Difficult
Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures.
Ericka Alston Buck – CEO for Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc.
Panel Topic: Disruptors – Young Leaders Upending the Status Quo, In Conversation With Sarah Hemminger, B. Cole & Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady; Moderated by Fagan Harris
Ericka Alston – Buck is the Chief Executive Officer for Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc. the parent organization of The Penn North Recovery Center, The Penn North Community Resource Center, Penn North Supportive Housing Program and the New Penn North Kids Safe Zone where she serves as the Founding/Director. The Kids Safe Zone is a safe recreational haven for the children in the Sandtown-Winchester community of West Baltimore, that launched in a small vacant 1000 sq foot laundromat and today services are provided to nearly 100 children per day in over 5000 sq ft.
Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady – Social Innovator, Founder, The Stokey Project
Panel Topic: Disruptors – Young Leaders Upending the Status Quo, In Conversation With Sarah Hemminger, B. Cole & Erica Alston-Buck; Moderated by Fagan Harris
Raised in the Whitelock-Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City, Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady was exposed to a life of crime at a young age and in 1998 Stokey found his back up against a wall fighting for his freedom and ultimately was sentenced to federal prison. During his time away, he began writing and published several novels including Whitelock City I & II, A Penny With A Hole In It, Worthless, My God & My Word and Gutter Juice. Stokey has worked creatively in the film industry for the last several years. In addition to his documentary, “The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Carlmichael “Stokey” Cannady, he has made countless appearances on a plethora of media outlets and has been profiled on “Jay-Z’s Life & Times” website.
Jeff Cherry – Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab
Speaker Topic: Transform The World Through The Workplace. Rethinking The Purpose Of Business, & Its Impact On Our Lives & Communities In Conversation With Joe Mechlinski
Jeff is the CEO of The Porter Group and Founder/Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, a venture capital fund and accelerator focused on early-stage and growth-stage companies that are operating at the intersection of profit and purpose. He is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism, using the tenets of Conscious Capitalism® and societal purpose as the foundation for creating long-term sustainable value. Jeff is a frequent speaker on the topic of impact investing and new models of business.
Sharayna Christmas – Executive Director, MUSE 360 Arts
Speaker Topic: The Generosity Paradox: Philanthropy And People Of Color In Conversation With Rodney Foxworth
Sharayna Christmas is an advocate, dancer, writer, and educator. Her journey as an artist began over 25 years ago when she began ballet training at the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) at the age of three. She has performed the works of many choreographers including Ulysses Dove, Robert Garland and Geoffrey Holder. At 16, she participated in the Marie Brook Pan Caribbean Dance Company to perform in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1998, Mrs. Christmas moved to Baltimore to attend Morgan State University where she received her B. S. in Finance. After working on Wall Street and other prestigious financial firms she decided to start Muse 360 Arts in 2004, a non-profit organization that has committed to developing over 400 young people annually creatively in Baltimore City.
B. Cole – Founder, Brioxy
Panel Topic: Disruptors – Young Leaders Upending the Status Quo In Conversation With Sarah Hemminger, Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady & Erica Alston-Buck; Moderated by Fagan Harris
Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator, strategist, and consultant for the last 15 years. In 2015 she launched Brioxy, a membership hub for innovators of color bringing fellowship hacking, social capital, home ownership and life coaching to one central place for the country’s fastest growing demographic. An Echoing Green Fellow, Coro Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award recipient, she has worked across the US and internationally on issues of leadership development and social capital.
Angel Elliott – Journalist, The Angel Era
Panel Topic: Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Panel In Conversation With Michelle Geiss, Darius Graham & Tammira Lucas
With confidence, journalist Angel Elliott brings edge, impact, and unfettered truth to her news coverage. She started at BET News, producing news interstitials, specials, and live election coverage. By 20, she had already written and produced a documentary on the network, “Yes We Can: The Obama Speech Special.” She is part of the team that produced the NAACP Image Award winning election coverage, “The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States;” and co-created, wrote and reported for the NABJ Award nominated, BET You(th) Vote!
Elizabeth English – Research Associate, American Enterprise Institute
Speaker Topic: New Perspectives On Re-Entry & Recidivism In Conversation With Joesph Jones
Elizabeth English is a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where her work focuses on prison education/reentry, early childhood education, and K-12 education policy. Prior to AEI, English was a chapter founder and national policy fellow at Common Sense Action, a millennial bipartisan policy organization, where she worked on incarceration and reentry policies. Her work has appeared in outlets including U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Real Clear Policy, National Review, and The American Psychological Association.
LA Finfinger – Certified Vinyasa & Power Yoga Teacher, Free City Yoga
LA Finfinger is a certified vinyasa and power yoga teacher and has continued her studies with Elena Brower in New York City, completing an advanced teacher training on the “Art of Attention.” She is also a three-time lululemon ambassador, writer, mental health advocate, and speaker. LA includes Bryan Kest and Elena Brower among her biggest influences as a vinyasa yoga teacher. From the Andy Warhol Museum to Wanderlust Festival, from the National Aviary to the White House lawn, LA is honored to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in re-focusing attention one yoga class at a time in community spaces through Free City Yoga.
Rodney Foxworth – Founder & CEO, Invested Impact
Speaker Topic: The Generosity Paradox – Philanthropy & People of Color In Conversation With Sharayna Christmas
Rodney Foxworth is founder and CEO of Invested Impact, a philanthropic advisory organization and intermediary. Rodney is a BALLE Local Economy Fellow, Next City Vanguard, Social Venture Network Innovation Entrepreneur, and Baltimore Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree. He is featured in the NY Times bestseller, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Rodney is board Co-Chair of Thread and sits on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Fusion Partnerships. He is an advisory board member of Betamore and the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University.
Quincey Gamble – Executive Director, OneBaltimore
Quincey Gamble has over a decade of experience in progressive politics and union organizing. His past positions include Managing Director for Rock the Vote; Political Director for SEIU 1199, Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and National Political Director for Voter Protection at the Democratic National Committee. He most recently served as Executive Director of OneBaltimore, a public-private partnership formed to address the systemic problems which plague Baltimore and to help shape and support efforts to rebuild Baltimore communities and neighborhoods.
Michelle Geiss – Co-Founder & Executive Director, ImpactHub Baltimore
Speaker Topic: Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem In Conversation With Darius Graham & Tammira Lucas, Moderated By Quincey Gamble
Michelle Geiss is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Baltimore. She is a specialist in program design and strategy for social innovation and public health with twelve years experience leveraging private sector tools for systems change. Ms. Geiss draws on social marketing, design thinking, and collective impact frameworks to narrow health and wealth gaps in Baltimore. Her career has spanned four continents and she holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Bill Gilmore – Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
For more than 30 years, Bill Gilmore has played a leadership role in Baltimore’s thriving arts community. As the Chief Executive Officer the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as the city’s arts council, event center and film office, Bill Gilmore oversees a diversity of programs: from BrightStArts Youth Arts Education and Baltimore Mural Program to the grants of the Creative Baltimore Fund and Transformative Art Prize; and from local events such as the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar to the world class festivals of Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival. Bill has played a leading role in the establishment of Baltimore’s three Arts & Entertainment Districts and is an effective advocate for Baltimore artists and arts organizations.
Darius Graham – Director, Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University
Speaker Topic: Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem In Conversation With Michelle Geiss & Tammira Lucas; Moderated By Quincey Gamble
Darius Graham is Director of the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University, a program accelerating ventures that create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond. Darius is a member of Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Leadership Council and the Junior League of Baltimore’s Community Resource Board. Darius has been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal in its 40 Under 40 Class of 2015, is a graduate of GBC’s LEADERship Program, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Fagan Harris – President & CEO, Baltimore Corps
Panel Topic: Disruptors – Young Leaders Upending the Status Quo In Conversation With B. Cole, Sarah Hemminger, Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady & Erica Alston-Buck; Moderated by Fagan Harris
As the CEO of Baltimore Corps, Fagan is a passionate evangelist for Baltimore who is proud to work everyday strengthening America’s greatest city. Fagan sets the organization’s strategic direction, builds its partnerships and supports its outstanding community of staff, Fellows and volunteers. A graduate of public school, Fagan believes deeply in every individual’s right to opportunity and is committed to realizing a more just and equitable society. Fagan loves his job at Baltimore Corps because it allows him to collaborate with incredible leaders, and extraordinary communities, who come together daily to make a transformative difference in the lives of Baltimore’s children, youth and families.
Sarah Hemminger – CEO & Co-Founder, Thread
Panel Topic: Disruptors – Young Leaders Upending the Status Quo, In Conversation With B. Cole, Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady & Erica Alston-Buck; Moderated by Fagan Harris
Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has thirteen years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in successfully completing high school and accessing higher education, as well as the potential for students and volunteers to change not only their own lives but also create a positive and lasting impact on those around them. Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.
Benjamin Todd Jealous – Partner, Kapor Capital
Panel Topic: Social Entrepreneur Panel In Conversation With Trevor Brooks & Damien Drake
Benjamin Todd Jealous is a partner at Kapor Capital and the former president and CEO of the NAACP. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. Jealous serves as an advisor for multiple tech startups that work to close gaps, particularly in the areas of financial inclusion, justice tech, and low-wage work. He serves as a board member at Pigeonly and a board advisor at PayNearMe.
Joseph T. Jones – Founder & CEO, Center for Urban Families
Speaker Topic: New Perspectives On Re-Entry & Recidivism In Conversation With Elizabeth English
Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program.
Jessica Ladd – Founder & CEO, Callisto
Speaker Topic: When NO Is Not Enough. The Reporting System That Sexual Assault Survivors Want
Jess is the Founder & CEO of Callisto, a nonprofit online sexual assault reporting system. Jess has been honored as a TED Fellow, a Fearless Changemaker by the Case Foundation, and an Emerging Innovator by Ashoka and American Express. Before founding SHI, Jess worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, as a Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. She also founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore. Jess completed her Masters in Public Health (and part of a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology) at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College.
Tammira Lucas – CEO of The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, Co-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, Co-Founder of The Cube Cowork, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist & Professor
Speaker Topic: Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem In Conversation With Darius Graham & Michelle Geiss; Moderated By Quincey Gamble
Recognized as one of Baltimore’s Top 40 under 40 Tammira Lucas is a Mompreneur who has quickly emerge as a trailblazer among professionals and a powerful voice for moms teaching them Business, Balance and Babies. Tammira is the CEO The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, Co-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, Co-Founder of The Cube Cowork, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist and Professor. Tammira Lucas has over 14 years in the business industry.
Jamie McDonald – Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City
Jamie McDonald is the Founder of Generosity Inc. Jamie’s mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities, causes and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, Jamie shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. She launched Generosity Inc. after the acquisition of GiveCorps, a crowdfunding and peer fundraising platform she founded. GiveCorps was acquired by Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform in 2014. At Generosity Inc, Jamie advises impact-focused CEOs and works on large-scale social movements around the country. In addition to working with causes on technology activation, giving days and fundraising, Jamie is one of six members of the global #GivingTuesday team at the 92nd Street Y, the founders of the movement.
Joe Mechlinski – CEO & Co-Founder of entreQuest, Founder of SHIFT Baltimore
Speaker Topic: Transform The World Through The Workplace. Rethinking The Purpose Of Business, & Its Impact On Our Lives And Communities In Conversation With Jeff Cherry
Joe is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, community activist, husband, and father. Since 2001, his company, entreQuest (eQ), has focused on just that. eQ’s mission is to shift workforce engagement from 70% disengaged to 70% engaged by leveraging the neuroscience behind the brains in the body and how they influence purpose and drive, emotion and passion, and human perspective and priority. In 2016, Joe founded SHIFT Baltimore. SHIFT Baltimore is the only action-learning network of localized executives and entrepreneurs committed to solving the world’s biggest issues by shifting the purpose of business.
Nilofer Merchant – Author & Speaker
Speaker Topic: Onlyness – Make Your Ideas Powerful Enough To Dent The World: We All Want To Make A Dent In The World
A bestselling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED speaker, and a business leader with 20 years of experience, Nilofer Merchant challenges audiences to do more than just think differently—she helps them to do what it takes to succeed in modern times. Merchant has personally launched more than 100 products that, in total, have netted 18 billion dollars. Merchant’s recent book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, was named by Fast Company as one of the Best Business Books for 2012.
Coffin Nachtmahr – Yo-yo virtuoso, Founder, OhYesYo!
Speaker Topic: OhYesYo! Finding Your Community Through Creativity
Baltimore native and musician Coffin Nachtmahr is the founder of OhYesYo, an organization that focuses on community outreach through art, yo-yo and skateboarding. Nachtmahr is Maryland’s state champion for yo-yo and has participated in various regional contests. OhYesYo is an outlet for Nachtmahr to show the importance of individualism, creativity and community building for others.
Dr. Wendy Osefo – Professor, Johns Hopkins University and CEO & Founder, the 1954 Equity Project
Speaker Topic: Perceptions Of Blackness & How It Affects Student Development At Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) & In Society As A Whole In Conversation With D. Watkins
An influential voice in urban policy and education, Dr. Osefo is a highly sought after media personality, a Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, and the Founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Osefo is a consultant on issues of equity and access in urban communities. As a researcher, Wendy examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of African-American and other non-dominant students in schools and community settings. Dr. Osefo creates and implements innovative strategies and programming to address issues of equity and inclusion.
Jon Rose – Founder, Waves For Water
Speaker Topic: Guerrilla Humanitarianism – Do What You Love & Help Along The Way
As a professional surfer, Jon Rose traveled the world in pursuit of perfect waves. When he went in search of his next move, Jon was inspired by his father who was working in Africa to help people catch and filter rainwater. After extensive research and discovering a simple filtration process, in 2009, he set out to Bali on his first clean water mission armed with 10 filters. During a quick surf stop in the city of Padang, Indonesia, an earthquake hit that would completely devastate the area. Surviving the earthquake without a scratch, Jon traveled inland to distribute the filters where they were most needed. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, this was the birth of Waves For Water (W4W).
Jeff Singer – Former Director, Healthcare for the Homeless
Speaker Topic: Home Sweet Home – The Origins, Persistence & Solutions To Homelessness In Conversation With Molly McGrath Tierney
Jeff Singer retired from the Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland President & CEO He worked as a clinical social worker with experience in child protective services, mental health and addiction treatment, street outreach, and community organizing. He received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and practiced as a licensed clinical social worker, community organizer, public policy analyst, and administrator at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services for forty years. Singer is a founding Board member of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, the People’s Homesteading Group, City Advocates in Solidarity with the Homeless, Eutaw Centre Shelter, and the Baltimore Homeless Union.
Molly McGrath Tierney – Director of Baltimore’s Department of Social Services
Speaker Topic: Home Sweet Home – The Origins, Persistence, & Solutions To Homelessness In Conversation With Jeff Singer
Molly Tierney is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services where she manages the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past eight years, she championed a reform effort that dramatically improved the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore, including reducing the number of children in foster care by 69%. She created a business model for the agency that is now considered a national model for modern social services.
David Warnock – Founder and CEO, Network for Good
Speaker Topic: Social Innovator Of The Year! Join David Warnock And Four Of The City’s Warnock Social Innovation Journal Fellows For A Pitch Session Where The Audience Votes On The Social Innovator Of The Year
David L. Warnock learned about the cycle of drug use, violence and family deterioration in Baltimore the hard way when in the early 1990s a young kid he mentored for years grew distant, fell into his neighborhood’s unforgiving drug trade and shot another teenage boy. Warnock committed himself to pursuing the kind of change that could prevent this from happening to other families. In 2012, he founded The Warnock Foundation, an organization committed to Baltimore, its people and cultivating great ideas for the benefit of the city. Warnock, who now serves as chairman of the organization, also co-founded Camden Partners Holdings LLC in 1995. Now a managing member, he has more than 25 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors. In 1999, Warnock became a trustee and board chairman of the Center for Urban Families, a workforce organization connecting Baltimore’s most disengaged citizens — black men — with their families, communities and employment. David co-founded Green Street Academy, a public charter school in Southwest Baltimore, in 2010, where nearly 650 students are pursuing the kind of rigorous education that will help them build successful lives.
Destiny Watford – 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Speaker Topic: A Bold New Vision For Re-Shaping Development In Baltimore – Perspectives From An Award-Winning Young Leader.
Destiny Watford is a lifelong resident of Baltimore who lives in Curtis Bay. She is a leader within United Workers and a recipient of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for her community leadership. As a high school student, she mobilized a four-year campaign that halted the construction of the nation’s largest trash burning incinerator less than a mile from her high school. She is now working towards creating positive alternatives to create clean energy and is a part of a city push for a zero-waste initiative in Baltimore.
D. Watkins – Author and Professor
Speaker Topic: Perceptions Of Blackness & How It Affects Student Development At Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) & In Society As A Whole In Conversation With Dr. Wendy Osefo
Watkins is the editor at large for Salon, and is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore
Watkins is the award-winning author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America and The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. Watkins is from and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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