The Talent Show

Icon: The Talent Show

April 25, 2013 @ 5:30pm - @ 8:00pm
University of Baltimore Student Center

Expanding the talent pool to fuel Baltimore's new economy. is launching a new initiative to help build Baltimore's economic future. The Talent Show is cultivating connections among fast-growing tech companies, colleges and universities, policy-makers, and promising students and workers.

To set the stage for this project, is convening a panel discussion on the evening of April 25th. Our friends and partners at the University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host the event at UB’s Student Center at 21 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include two panels and time for open discussion.

This opening event will look ahead to Baltimore's near-future economy and ask how we can overcome challenges and seize new opportunities as technology and business continue to evolve rapidly. Two panels of business, tech, educational, and economic experts will explore some critical questions: 

  • How will Baltimore's economic climate change in the coming years?
  • What talents are in demand right now and what will be needed in the near future?
  • How can students and transitioning workers develop those talents?
  • What can educators (at all levels) do to develop these new skills and abilities?
  • What public policies can accelerate Baltimore’s growth in this rapidly evolving world?

During and after this discussion, will work with these stakeholders to build a larger-scale event targeting college students in the Fall.

Our ultimate goal is to unite those seeking talent with the people, institutions, and government agencies cultivating and attracting that future talent base. Our community's immediate and long-term workforce needs are diverse and rapidly changing, but this event will be a foundation for ongoing dialogue and collaboration. 

Who should attend?

  • Business leaders looking to hire tech talent now and in the near future (not just "tech companies"!)
  • Grant-makers and public officials working on long-term workforce development
  • Journalists covering Baltimore's economy
  • Educators and academic administrators forecasting how to prepare students for the next economy
  • Students and current workers looking for the "next big thing"
  • Recruiters on the front-lines of the talent search
  • Anyone you think should participate in this conversation


The Talent Show is made possible by the generous support of
Presenting Sponsor BTS Software Solutions LLC

BTS Software Solutions LLC


Schedule and Speakers

April 25, 2013
University of Baltimore Student Center Auditorium


5:00 Registration Opens

5:30 Panel I: The Big Picture - Economic change, educational opportunity 

  • Jeff Salkin (moderator), Maryland Public Television
  • Christian Johansson, President, Laureate University Partnerships
  • Jeanni Park, Maryland Director of Cyber Development
  • Darlene Smith, Dean of the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore
  • Jennifer Vey of the Brookings Institution, and author of “Building from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Baltimore’s Next Economy

6:15  Panel II: Help Wanted – CEOs and talent scouts on the evolving needs of companies on the leading edge

  • Newt Fowler (moderator), Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
  • Charles Butler, VP of Technology Operations, AOL
  • Mike Gruen, Director of Engineering, RedOwl Analytics
  • Justin Musterman, CEO, MediaGlu
  • Beth Schaefer, VP of Company Services, BTS Software Solutions

7:00 Q&A and open discussion

7:30  Reception and Networking


Questions? Contact Andrew Hazlett | | 443-928-2966


UB CEI is grateful for the partnership of the University of Baltimore Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation