First Annual Business Impact Summit Unites Business Leaders Around Community Engagement


Maryland leaders gain valuable insight to boost their communities and bottom line

Business Volunteers Maryland, a Baltimore based nonprofit and community catalyst, matching individual and business volunteers with nonprofit partners, hosted its first annual Business Impact Summit, proving corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become an essential strategic priority for businesses of all sizes.

On Wednesday, November 8, 125 business leaders gathered at the Loyola University Graduate Center in Timonium and engaged in interactive breakout sessions, participated in roundtable discussions and networking, and heard two leaders in corporate and civic engagement.

"The need for business-community engagement is greater than ever, not only for the community but also for business success. Done right, strategic community engagement presents a unique opportunity for businesses to improve bottom line through improved employee morale and retention, enhanced brand and reputation, development of new partnership and networks, all while making a positive impact on the community,” says Kelly Hodge-Williams, President and CEO.

The summit addressed key CSR issues faced by companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500, including:

Engagement & Retention: Renee Christoff, VP of CSR at T. Rowe Price, Mark Mullican, President of The Columbia Bank, and Richard Silberstein, President of SIG, walked attendees through how strategic volunteerism can and has improved their employee morale, engagement, and the community.

Skills & Leadership Development: Jim Dickinson, Assistant Vice President of Career Services at Loyola University, and John Michel, Associate Professor of Management at Loyola University demonstrated how key staff can gain applicable business skills through board service.

Brand & Reputation: Mack McGee, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SC&H Group, John Dinkel, Principal, DBD, LLC, and Guy Brami, Principal of Gelberg Signs helped attendees discover how to connect their community reputation to brand investments.

Partnership & Networks: Anita Whitehead, Principal, KMPG and Carrie Fox, Partner & CEO of Mission Partners uncovered creative methods for developing new and valuable networks through intentional community partnerships.

“The Business Impact Summit represents everything great about Business Volunteers and their mission to serve as a true connector. This event is another excellent example of their commitment to provide valuable and relevant opportunities and information to connect the business community to meaningful engagement. They demonstrate the value and impact that a community focus and effort can have in running and growing your organization,” said Mack McGee, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SC&H Group. SC&H Group served as the summit’s lead Community Sponsor.

Attendees also had the opportunity to learn from dynamic leaders who have been strategic in leveraging community engagement to grow their businesses and impact change, including Doug Becker, CEO of Laureate Education Inc., and Carolyn Berkowitz, former President of the Capital One Foundation.

“At Laureate, we constantly strive to build a business that is a force for good, and a source of growth, opportunity, and employability,” said Doug Becker, CEO of Laureate Education Inc.

Additional sponsors for the event were Roundtable Sponsor, Loyola University Maryland; Community Builders, M&T Bank, KPMG and Northrop Grumman; and Good Citizens including The Baltimore Business Journal, GoodWill, Legg Mason, Maryland Department of Commerce, Merritt Properties, T.Rowe Price, Miles & Stockbridge, Lifebridge, and Xenith.

About Business Volunteers Maryland

Business Volunteers Maryland is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the community by making strategic connections between people, businesses and nonprofits. Business Volunteer Maryland’s mission is to build a stronger community through business engagement, civic leadership and volunteer connections. Since its inception in 2003, Business Volunteers Maryland has placed 900 professionals on nonprofit boards, matched 197,000 volunteers with opportunities, developed 75 partnerships with Baltimore City Public Schools, and infused more than $40 million worth of time into the Central Maryland community.

Doug Becker, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education Inc and keynote speaker, and Carrie Fox, Partner and CEO, Mission Partners, LLC

Howard Lurie (Vice President of Northrop Grumman), Melissa Sandlin (Manager, Corporate Citizenship of Northrop Grumman), Stephanie Baker (Program Manager of Northrop Grumman, GIVE Alumni 2017 Class), Jeanne McQuirk (Corporate Citizenship Specialist of Northrop Grumman)

Mark Mullican, (President and CEO of The Columbia Bank and speaker) and Ron Causey (CEO of SC&H Group and sponsor)

Ron Causey (CEO of SC&H Group), Mack McGee (VP and CMO of SC&H Group and speaker), John Hoey (President & CEO of The Y of Central Maryland and also a BVMD board member)

Agatha Arlington (Director of Adminstrative Services) and Erryn Claxton (Technical Administrative Assistant), both Bolton Partners

Stacey Ullrich (Head of Global Philanthrophy, UA and Executive Director, UA Foundation and BVMD Board Member), Mack McGee (VP and CMO of SC&H Group and speaker) and John Dinkel (Principal, DBD, LLC and former BBJ Publisher, BVMD Board Member)

Mark Mullican (President and CEO of The Columbia Bank and speaker), Kristen Shock (Senior Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, Maryland Dept of Commerce, Renee Christoff (VP, T. Rowe Price Group), Richard Silberstein (president of Silberstein Insurance Group)

Kevin Shea (Senior Manager, CSR, T. Rowe Price Group), Stacey Horn (Executive Director of T. Rowe Price Foundation), Melissa Cheek (Corporate Social Responsibility, T. Rowe Price Group)

Bradie Barr (President, Transamerica and BVMD Board Member) and Jim Dickinson (Assistant Vice President for Career Services, Loyola University Maryland)

2017 Business Volunteers GIVE Alumni (Jess Oring, PR and Social Media Manger, Medifast, Inc) and Stephanie Baker (Program Manager, Northop Grumman)

(L-R): Kelly Hodge-Williams (President and CEO, Business Volunteers Maryland) and Ron Causey (CEO of SC&H Group and Business Volunteers Board Member)

(L-R): Kelly Hodge-Williams (President and CEO, Business Volunteers Maryland) John Hoey (President & CEO of The Y of Central Maryland and Business Volunteers Maryland Board Member), Eric Sommerville (Executive Director of Volunteerism and Community Engagement, The Y of Central Maryland)

(Photos courtesy of: Business Volunteers Maryland)

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