Join the LEAD Initiative

Candace Gill
Candace Gill

Candace Gill is the Business Development Director for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and manager of the LEAD initiative. For more information, visit She can be reached at or 410.637.4109.

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The makeup of the global workforce is undergoing a seismic shift. Millennials, the people born after 1980, will account for nearly half the employees in our workforce by 2020 and represent the largest generation in U.S. history.

Businesses and communities want to get in front of this large audience, and cities want to be the place they move. Recently, the Christian Science Monitor deemed Baltimore one of the “cool” cities to which Millennials are flocking. Now that Baltimore has the attention of the Millennials due to its “authenticity,” how do businesses and the Baltimore community keep that attention?

To help businesses in the Baltimore region engage and retain young talent, we created LEAD: Lead. Engage. Achieve. Develop in partnership with Business Volunteers Maryland and UMBC Training Center’s Center for Leadership & Innovation. The LEAD Initiative is a series of events designed to support, educate and engage Baltimore’s next generation of business and civic leaders.

The LEAD Initiative offers the following events for professionals: Leadership Skills Workshops, Cocktails With Champions networking events, Civic Education Luncheons, the doSOMETHING! for a Better Baltimore event (where you “speed date” with local non-profits that need people like you) and “Connect the Dots,” an event at the end of the year where you can figure out how to invest your time and talent in the right opportunities around Baltimore.

To date we have held five events and feedback has been tremendous, with 80+ young professionals at each event. Read more about the LEAD Initiative and testimonials from those who have attended here.

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is a valued partner of ours at the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. The Economic Alliance is the region’s only partnership of regional business executives, elected government officials and leaders from higher education working together to foster business retention and development, job creation, workforce development and new investment throughout the Greater Baltimore region.

We’d love to have Carey students take part in this exciting new initiative and personally invite you to join us at a future event. Sign up to receive LEAD emails here and check out for more information on upcoming events and how you can get involved.

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