Join us for a Lunch & Learn
with special speakers
Michele Whelley President & CEO
Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
Will Anderson, Director of Baltimore
County Economic & Workforce Development
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
11 AM - 1 PM
Ruth's Chris Steak House
1777 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Member Price:: $79
About the speakers:
Michele L. Whelley, President & CEO, is an economic development professional who is well-known throughout the region’s business community. Whelley brings new energy and focus to marketing the region, ensuring that EAGB will continue to strengthen its marketing platform as a critical component of fostering and supporting a vibrant and growing economy throughout the Greater Baltimore region.
Whelley’s diverse career as an economic development leader includes serving as the CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, as the founding CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, CEO of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and executive vice-president of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Additionally, she has provided consulting services for Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, several private sector development companies and staffed an economic development practice at Colliers Pinkard, a real estate brokerage company. More recently, Whelley has provided a full range of economic development consulting services to organizations including Howard Hughes Corporation, Baltimore Integration Partnership, Southern Management Corporation, Network Rail Consulting, Inc., and Betamore.
Whelley received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Maryland. She then attended the University of Maryland School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor. She sits on the board of directors for The Hippodrome Foundation, Baltimore Design School and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
An executive who thrives in complexity, Will leads teams in corporate, small business, public sector and non-profit organizations. Sales & marketing, technology, government, economic development, community and public relations. Will proudly serves on numerous boards and is personally committed to civic engagement around Baltimore.
Since 2013, Will has lead Baltimore County's team of economic development, workforce and tourism professionals ... collectively serving 830,000 county residents and over 20,000 diverse employers. Will is responsible for a budget of $8.4 million and staff of 60, across 3 business units.
Will's largest success to date is serving as the lead public-sector executive coordinating the redevelopment of Tradepoint Atlantic, the largest multi-modal project in North America (delivering $3 billion economic impact and 17,000 jobs). Other notable accomplishments include landing major headquarter projects (such as McCormick and Guinness Blonde) and expansion projects (such as Stanley Black and Decker, Under Armour and Amazon).
A point-of-pride for Will was turning around an underperforming agency, reorganizing and integrating teams that delivered best-in-nation jobs results. Will led collaborations in business, higher education, K-12, environmental restoration, hazardous waste, defense, fund raising, and e-commerce initiatives. Will is also an entrepreneur, founding partner and business developer of dAdA Digital, a web provider based in Maryland.
In 2019, Will's forward-leaning interests are impact investing and blockchain, both of which will transform local economies and the nature of work in society.