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Inspire MD is a night true to its name. As an expansion upon what was previously known as the Business Hall of Fame Awards, Inspire MD is a formal evening designed to inspire you to draw from honorees’ examples of leadership and celebrate the unique ways businesses are strengthening Maryland’s business community.
To recognize these achievements, we are introducing new awards to honor businesses fueling the talent pipeline by providing training and tools for tomorrow’s leaders and putting their employee’s health and wellness at the center of their human resources strategy. We will also be recognizing a stand out young professional and present the Public Service Award to exemplary employees in their field.
Finalists of the Innovative Wellness Award, Inspire MD Award, and Rising Star Award will be announced on Monday, April 1st. The winners will be announced at the event.
Attendees, without a doubt, will walk away from this event feeling truly INSPIRED.
Guy Flynn is Chair, Maryland Real Estate Practice and Partner-in-Charge, Downtown Baltimore Office for DLA Piper. He is the reason that DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world with its HQ in Baltimore and London, has a downtown Baltimore office. Most of the firm moved outside the city several years ago. Guy was instrumental in pushing for the firm to have a downtown presence, simply because he cares about Baltimore.
He has served on the Baltimore City Board of Ethics since 2010. He also serves as a vice-president and member of the Board of Trustees of the Walters Art Museum, and is a member of many other organizations and foundations around Baltimore. On top of his charitable giving of his time and finances, he has a passion for music, owning a collection of 55,000 vinyl records. He is going to DJ an event in April at the Center Club where he is a member, bringing with him 3,000 of his personal records. Guy is brilliant, strategic, creative, philanthropic, and loves the arts—truly someone worthy of this lifetime achievement award.
James Cornelsen is the President & CEO of Old Line Bank. Under his leadership, the bank has grown from a $10-$15 million to $2.9 billion business, one of the largest community banks in Maryland. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Old Line Bancshares, Inc. since its incorporation in April 2003. Cornelsen serves on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Bankers Council, as well as on its Administrative Committee, the ABA Payment Solutions Board of Directors and the ABA Board of Directors Fund for Economic Growth. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, The Foundation Schools, and the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable.
Cornelsens’ dedication to Old Line Bank and his commitment to the community is why is he so deserving of joining the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.