Top Economic Development and Education Influencers to Convene at Second Annual Maryland Rising, Dec. 8 at Stevenson; Registration Open

December 4, 2015 7 AM

Stevenson University will convene Maryland’s top economic development and education leaders for a strategic discussion of Maryland’s competitive future at the University’s second annual Maryland Rising, Tuesday, Dec. 8. The event, which will take place on Stevenson’s Greenspring campus begins with a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the St. Paul Companies Pavilion followed by a program of speakers from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Inscape Theatre.

Tickets are $50 per individual and $200 for a group package (five entries). Registration is available on the Stevenson University website. For more information, contact Sharon Markley, Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategy, at or 443-334-2439.

The program’s keynote address, “Education as the Foundation for a Successful Economy,” will be delivered by UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, Ph.D. Also speaking will be James T. Brady, former Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development and member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, and Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.

Slotted between the speakers will be a panel discussion of education and economic development perspectives moderated by Stevenson President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. The conversation will feature Michael Cryor, of One Baltimore; Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., special advisor to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan; and Aris Melissaratos former secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development and Interim Dean of Stevenson’s Brown School of Business and Leadership

Among the audience members will be elected and agency officials, economic development directors, top CEOs, and key institutional and organizational leaders from across Maryland.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.