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October 18, 4–6 pm | Columbus center, baltimore

Uplifting a Region Through Courageous Leadership — A Conversation with Danny Meyer


  • 4–5 p.m.: A Conversation and Moderated Q&A with Danny Meyer
  • 5–6 p.m.: Networking and Reception


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. 

Danny Meyer was appointed to be the Chairman of the Board of the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) as a result of his innovative and courageous decisions that have helped to uplift New York City, including:

  • Consistently making prescient investments in burgeoning neighborhoods
  • Leading the IPO of USHG Acquisition Corp., a $287 million special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC)
  • Leading the IPO of Shake Shack (SHAK), known as one of the most successful IPOs in the history of fine casual dining
  • Eliminating tipping in his restaurants in order to professionalize the hospitality industry 

Join us and Danny Meyer to learn about his experience, expertise and insights as an ethically-driven and influential business leader to collectively support our efforts to uplift our region.

Danny Meyer

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Founder & CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group

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Past Event

March 31, 2022

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.

Did you miss the Future of Work Forum?


  • 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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