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September 28-29, 2017 - Business Policy & Competitiveness Conference

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Business Policy & Competitiveness Conference

What does it take to influence legislators? How can you strengthen your voice? How can you help Maryland be more competitive?

This two-day, nonpartisan conference will tackle issues that impact Maryland’s economy and allow you to learn how to be a stronger advocate for your interests in Annapolis. Hear from legislators, administration representatives, business leaders and our own team. Ask questions, get answers, and prepare to be heard. This event includes a network-building reception.

Join Maryland’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and others!

*Attire is business casual


Thursday, Sept. 28
12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (general session)

Lunch and opening greeting
featuring Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

#MDCCGoodWork: Connecting for Good
How do you turn policy and perspective into something that matters to the community - and gain buy-in from residents and your stakeholders? Learn from the cofunders and partners of TouchPoint Baltimore, which uses social capital to create a network of neighborhood-based collaboration centers developed and funded exclusively with business and private resources.
     Calvin Butler, BGE
     Timothy Regan, Whiting-Turner
     Sarah Hemminger, Thread
     Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families
     Moderator: Christine Ross, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. (choose one)
House Bill 1 - The Impacts and the Actions
Mandatory paid leave was the premier legislative action of the 2017 General Assembly, and will be at the forefront of the 2018 session as supporting legislators try to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan's veto. What would its passage really mean for you, and how can you advocate for your business?
     Carville Collins, DLA Piper
     Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of
Greta Engle, BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.
  Moderator: Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Esq., Shawe and Rosenthal LLP

The Port of Baltimore and Transportation Infrastructure: A Map of What Lies Ahead
With an active, but challenged, port and an uphill effort to improve the movement of commerce, what will it take for infrastructure to help businesses thrive?
     Brian Hammock, CSX Transportation
     Joshua Martin, Volvo Trucks USA
     Edward Mortimer, Transportation & Infrastructure,
          U.S. Chamber of Commerce

     James White, Maryland Port Administration
     Dick Willey, Perdue Agribusiness LLC
     Moderator: Louis Campion, Maryland Motor Truck


3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (choose one)
Getting Rights Right: Working Within Maryland's Anti-discrimination Laws
Discrimination is a scary accusation. Talk with representatives of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland to find out how to keep your business on the right side of employment and public accommodation law.
     Glendora C. Hughes, Esq., MD Commission on Civil Rights
     Zenita Wickham Hurley, Office of the Attorney General,
          State of Maryland

     Darrell VanDeusen, Esq., Kollman & Saucier, P.A.
     Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Shawe and Rosenthal LLP
     Moderator: Sheela Murthy, Esq., Murthy Law Firm

Cyber Safer: How Not to Get Hacked
Today's targets don't have to be Fortune 500 companies. Anyone might be prone to attack. Experts give insights into foreign and domestic hackers and the risk they pose for you - and how you can protect yourself and your employees.
     Kenneth O. McCreedy, Maryland Dept. of Commerce
     Representatives from the FBI, NSA and Secret Service 
     Moderator: Ed Mullin, Chief Technology Officer, SC&H Group

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. (general session)
Working Ahead: Connecting Jobs with Workers for a Mutually Stronger Future
Find out how academic and technical education programs like internships, vocational training, the P-TECH and EARN programs, and RISE Zones are preparing Maryland's young people and transitioning workers for careers. (Part of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce talent pipeline initiative.)
     Pres. Juliette Bell, Ph.D., Univ. of Maryland-Eastern Shore  
     Lynne Gilli, Maryland State Department of Education
     Gretchen LeGrand, Code in the Schools
     Asst. Sec. James Rzepkowski, Div. of Workforce 
Development and Adult Learning, 
Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
     Moderator: Brian Dulay, Maryland Business Roundtable
          for Education


Friday, Sept. 29
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. (general session)
Open for Business: A Town Hall with Maryland's Administration
Learn directly from Gov. Hogan's legislative and business appointees about the policy and business climate and how you can help make Maryland open for business.
     Christopher Carroll, Legislative & Policy Director,
          Office of the Governor
Maria Iannatuono, Director, Office of Legislative 
& Regulatory Affairs, 
          Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
     Randall K. Nixon, Business Ombudsman, 
Office of the Governor
Christopher Shank, Chief Legislative Officer,
          Office of the Governor
Moderator: Britta Vander Linden, Director of
Partnerships and Program Development,
          Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation


11 - 11:45 p.m. (choose one)
The 2018 Maryland General Assembly: Being Prepared
Exactly how do you get your individual organization's voice heard in Annapolis? Get a legislators' perspective on lobbying and a preview on what to expect during the 2018 Legislative Session.
     Senate Minority Whip Stephen Hershey (R-36;
          Senate Finance Committee)
     Senate Majority Leader Douglas J. J. Peters (D-23;
          Senate Budget & Tax Committee)
     Misty Allen, BGE
     Denis Dunn, AT&T
     Moderator: Larry Richardson, Maryland Chamber
          of Commerce

A Good Piece of Gear: Impacts of the Military in Maryland
Maryland is home to several significant military installations that serve not only the nation's security, but also the state's economy. Learn about how the military helps shape the state's economy and communities. 
     Col. Scott M. Halter, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison,
          Ft. Detrick
     Col. Thomas S. Rickard, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison,
          Ft. Meade
     Lisa Swoboda, Deputy Director, Office of Military Affairs, 
          Maryland Dept. of Commerce
     Brig. Gen. Robert Frick, Maryland National Guard

     Larry Muzzelo, Deputy to the Commanding General - U.S. 
          Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM)
     Moderator: Karin Schwartz, Springboard

Noon - 1 p.m. (general session)

Closing Session


Keynote speaker
Pres. Freeman Hrabowski, Ph.D., UMBC

Hotel Reservations

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is booked, but you can stay nearby! Book your rooms for the conference!

Members: Stay after the conference for golf at the River Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay!

(More details when you click on Register)

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9/28/2017 11:00 AM to 9/29/2017 2:00 PM


Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd. at
Route 50
Cambridge, MD 21613


Nykidra Robinson
410-269-0642 x106