Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum

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

The Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum brings together leaders in business, workforce, and education to find common ground for where transformation and innovation can occur. It is a place to collaborate and to find solutions for the workforce and economic challenges facing our institutions and our state.


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

2016 Details

Agenda and Presentations

Welcome Remarks were given by

Workforce Outlook

Lightning Presentations were given by

Innovators from diverse sectors around our region highlight successful methods and partnerships that address workforce, business, and educational challenges facing them.

Facilitated Discussion Groups

  • These groups identify opportunities to scale up successful programs, identify cross-sector collaborations, and identify the needs associated with specific GWIB Taskforce Groups of cyber security/information technology, advanced manufacturing, skilled trades, and health care.
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 event partners - RESI, GWDB, BIP