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
Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit And Innovation Communities
Ft. Luvvie Ajayi, New York Times best-selling author and blogger
Home Sweet Home: The Origins, Persistence, And Solutions To Homelessness
Ft. Molly McGrath Tierney, Director At Baltimore City Department Of Social Services & Jeff Singer, Former Director Of Healthcare For The Homeless
A Bold New Vision For Re-Shaping Development In Baltimore: Perspectives From An Award-Winning Young Leader
Ft. Destiny Watford, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Building A Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Ft. 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
Guerrilla Humanitarianism: Do What You Love, And Help Along The Way
Ft. Jon Rose, Founder of Waves For Water
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
Led By David Warnock, Founder and CEO, Camden Partners Holdings – Network for Good
Disruptors: Young Leaders Upending The Status Quo
Moderator: Fagan Harris, President & CEO, Baltimore Corps; Participants: 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.
The Generosity Paradox: Philanthropy And People Of Color
Ft. Rodney Foxworth Founder & CEO of Invested Impact With Sharayna Christmas
When NO Is Not Enough. The Reporting System That Sexual Assault Survivors Want
Ft. Jess Ladd, Founder & CEO, Sexual Health Innovations, TED Fellow
New Perspectives On Re-Entry And Recidivism
Ft. Elizabeth English & Joesph T. Jones, CEO of Center For Urban Families
OhYesYo! Finding Your Community Through Creativity
Ft. Coffin Nachtmahr, Yo-yo virtuoso, Founder of OhYesYo! Interviewed By Quincy Gamble
Closing Keynote – Onlyness: Make Your Ideas Powerful Enough To Dent The World: We All Want To Make A Dent In The World
Nilofer Merchant, Author & Speaker
Luvvie Ajayi – New York Times best-selling author and blogger
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, And Its Impact On Our Lives And 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.
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.
Rodney Foxworth – Founder & CEO, Invested Impact
Speaker Topic: The Generosity Paradox – Philanthropy & People of Color
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.
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.
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.
Joseph T. Jones – Founder & CEO, Center for Urban Families
Speaker Topic: New Perspectives On Re-Entry & Recidivism In Conversation With Sean Kennedy
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.
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.
Joe Mechlinski – CEO & Co-Founder of entreQuest for ShiftLocal
Speaker Topic: Transform The World Through The Workplace. Rethinking The Purpose Of Business, And Its Impact On Our Lives And Communities
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
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 And How It Affects Student Development At Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) And 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, and 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).
Molly McGrath Tierney – Director of Baltimore’s Department of Social Services
Speaker Topic: Home Sweet Home: The Origins, Persistence, And 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, Camden Partners Holdings – 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
While working at T. Rowe Price and volunteering as a mentor through Project RAISE, David learned firsthand about the cycle of drug use, violence and family deterioration in Baltimore: when a young kid he knew for years grew distant, fell into East Baltimore’s unforgiving drug trade, and shot another teenage boy. After that day, David committed himself to pursuing the kind of change that could prevent this from happening to other families. In 1999, David became a trustee and Board chair of the Center for Urban Families, a workforce organization connecting Baltimore’s most disengaged citizens – former incarcerated individuals – 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 And How It Affects Student Development At Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) And 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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Jeff Singer – Former Director, Healthcare for the Homeless
Speaker Topic: Home Sweet Home – The Origins, Persistence, And Solutions To Homelessness In Conversation With Molly Tierney
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