2017 Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum

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Innovation enables us to achieve remarkable things. And more than ever it is necessary to collaborate to find transformative solutions.

If you haven’t yet registered for the second annual Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum, we invite you to pre-register today. Over 150 attendees are expected to attend this event.

The Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum is a partnership between the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Towson University, and the Baltimore Integration Partnership. Leaders from multiple sectors from across the state will discuss how they are helping to create real pathways in education and the workforce for underserved populations.

Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum

Towson University
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Program: 1:00–5:30 PM
Networking Reception: 4:30–5:30 PM

To register for free, click here.


1:00–1:15 PM: Welcome Remarks


1:15–2:00 PM: Business and Anchor Institution Partnerships to Aid Workforce Development

What does real policy change take and look like? This panel highlights new initiatives and strategies that businesses and higher education institutions are taking to bolster local school capacity, grow student achievement, and prepare individuals for careers.

Moderator: Kurt Sommer, Director, Baltimore Integration Partnership



2:05–3:15 PM: Defining Opportunity Youth and the Economic Conditions and Workforce Impacts of Opportunity Youth

Approximately 16,000 individuals (16 to 24) who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market call Baltimore home. How do we create real pathways in education and in the workforce for these opportunity youth? What does a typical path look like? What are businesses doing to support and hire opportunity youth?

Panelists will define opportunity youth, provide workforce impact analysis, and discuss initiatives and programs that are working in Greater Baltimore and beyond.

Workforce Outlook Presentation (10 min)

Presenter: Julie Knight, Managing Director, Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI), Towson University

Panel Discussion (50 min)

Moderator: Jason Perkins-Cohen, Director, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development


Q & A (10 min)


3:20–4:30 PM: A Look at Neuro-Diversity and the Economic Conditions and Workforce Impacts of Neuro-Diversity

58% of young adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed. Yet, many have skills businesses are looking for and are implementing programs to train and hire neuro-diverse individuals. How do these programs start? How can businesses sustain and support these workforce programs?

Panelists will define neuro-diversity, provide workforce impact analysis, and highlight business owners who are successfully integrating neuro-diverse individuals into their workplaces.

Workforce Outlook Presentation (10 min)

Presenter: Mike Siers, Senior Economist, Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI), Towson University

Introductory Remarks (5 min)

Carol Beatty, Secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities

Panel Discussion (45 min)

Moderator: Jeff Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Community Services


Q & A (10 min)


4:30–5:30 PM: Networking Reception



Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Towson University
University Union Building, 3rd Floor (Parking is available at Towsontown Garage only), 250 University Ave.
Towson , MD 21204

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