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2023 Signature Forum—Integrity Ignited: Embracing Optimism for Transformational Leadership

September 20, 4–6:30 p.m., TU University Union

The World Economic Forum recently announced that we have entered into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, commensurate with the transformations, changes, and advances of the first, second, and third industrial revolutions. 

With the accelerated speed of change, the rapid introduction of game-changing technologies, rising inflation, a drought of talent, intensifying natural disasters, and impactful social movements, we are leading in what is referred to as a “VUCA world,” experiencing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. According to Edelman, levels of institutional trust are at an all-time low, and in particular, 56% of people believe business leaders are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.

In order to lead through these challenges and transform them into opportunities, we need to lead with optimism and integrity. Our definition of this concept is “being hopeful and confident about a better future and possessing the character, courage, and competence to make leadership decisions that create positive and lasting outcomes.

Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring forum where we will hear from leaders and experts about some innovative and practical ideas for leading with optimism and integrity.

A brief Q&A session and networking reception to follow.


Past Events

Do you want to discover tactics for how to create a culture that encourages values and emulates trust? Join local leaders and Dr. Michael Burchell, co-author of “The Great Workplace,” to learn best practices to cultivate high levels of trust and improve performance.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Burchell

Dr. Burchell is an expert in human capital strategy and transformational change. He is the co-author of two books, No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace into a Great One (2013), and The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters (2011). 


  • Tracy Curry, Director of Human Resources, Fearless
  • Aileen Eskildsen '95, CEO, Ellin & Tucker
  • Imtiaz Patel, CEO, The Baltimore Banner
  • Moderator: Erin Moran, Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute, Towson University

People are the greatest competitive advantage any organization has. And, in today's rapidly changing world, it's harder than ever for employers to attract and retain people. Resignations are up by 23%, 40% of employees are thinking of quitting their jobs, and 69% of employers report that it's hard to fill open positions-the proverbial war for talent is on.

Top talent have so many options for where to work, and they aren't afraid to walk away if their needs aren't being met. Employers are left with the challenge of meeting talent's evolving expectations, while also adapting hiring strategies for the future of work.

Today's workforce is highly competitive with a multi-generational workplace and hybrid work environments. What worked in the past won't get us where we want and need to go.


  • Key data points influencing the future of work
  • How to attract best-in-class talent in a competitive market
  • Specific tactics for how to better engage your people
  • Best practices to grow and retain a highly-talented workforce

Forum Resources

We are grateful to SC&H Group for underwriting this event and enabling you to participate at no cost.

Values-driven courageous decisions made by leaders have the opportunity to have incredibly positive, meaningful and lasting impacts on the communities in which we open. Collectively, we aspire to uplift our region, and that requires courageous decisions. We have an opportunity to learn from one of the most influential leaders in the country about the conscious choices that he made as a business leader that helped to uplift New York City. We hope that this conversation will not only inspire leaders in our region to make courageous decisions, but that it will also provide practical advice to enable and empower us to do that. 

Forum Resources

2020 underscored the demand for forward-thinking, visionary leaders. Join the Dr. Nancy Grasmick Leadership Institute to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us and how we need to prepare leaders to embrace The Future of Work.

The Future of Work Forum included hearing from TU President Dr. Kim Schatzel, the Institute's visionary Dr. Nancy Grasmick, and Executive Director Erin Moran; an engaging and authentic panel discussion on the topic of The Future of Work with leaders from Erikson Senior Living, Deloitte, McCormick & Company, and Mindgrub; and networking with regional leaders.

Forum Resources


  • Ian Brown, Vice President of Organizational Development, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Erickson Senior Living
  • Shalisa Mohamed, Chief Operating Officer, Mindgrub
  • Nereida (Neddy) Perez, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion COE, McCormick & Company
  • Jeff Schwartz, Author and Founding Partner of Deloitte’s Future of Work Practice

Supported by Towson University Business & Leadership Alumni Alliance

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