Speaker Date Topic
Matty Guerin Sep 19, 2019
Neighborhood Sun
Neighborhood Sun

Matty has spent more than two decades committing his talents and creativity to progressive causes, primarily in the environmental and conservation arenas.  Over those years he has worked for, or on behalf of, dozens of non profit organizations as a communications specialist, organizer, trainer, development manager, fundraiser and organizer, both at the local level to some of the most recognized international groups.  Although his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was in Environmental Engineering, Matty has committed his efforts to the engagement and empowerment of individuals to take actions for the causes that have direct impact on their lives.  When he is not striving to promote community solar projects, Matty is most likely trying his best not to be found in the beautiful wilderness of western Maryland, along with his family and dog, Jude.

Gwen Wright Oct 03, 2019
MoCo Planning
MoCo Planning

Since July 2013, Gwen Wright has been the Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In this role, Ms. Wright oversees a wide range of projects that aim to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment. Montgomery County is one of the largest jurisdictions in Maryland with over 1 million residents and has a key role in the dynamic Washington D.C. metropolitan growth area. Ms. Wright also worked for the Montgomery County Planning Department from 1987 to 2008. During this period, she served as the Chief of Countywide Planning, including supervising the Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Historic Preservation Sections, as well as serving as Acting Planning Director.

Dr. David Morens, NIH Office of the Director Oct 10, 2019
Public Health
Public Health
Commander Sean Gagen Oct 17, 2019
2nd District MoCo Police District
Carol Trawick Nov 07, 2019
Trawick Foundation
Trawick Foundation

The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation assists local health and human service and arts non-profit organizations in Montgomery County, Md. The Foundation awards grants for specific projects that will make a demonstrable impact on the local community by reaching people in need and encouraging and sustaining creative activities. Preference is given to innovative approaches and programs.

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Executive from World Central Kitchen Nov 14, 2019
World Central Kitchen
Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer U MD Dec 05, 2019
Innovation at the University of Maryland
Innovation at the University of Maryland

Julie Lenzer is currently Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Maryland. In this role, she’s leveraging her national and international public and private experiences to drive innovation-based economic growth for the region.

 

Prior to that, Julie was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE). In her capacity as Director of the OIE and as Sr Advisor to the Secretary, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters.

 

Prior to her appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Columbia, MD. She is also the co-founder of Startup Maryland and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses.

 

An award winning serial entrepreneur, Julie founded her first company, Applied Creative Technologies, Inc. (ACT), in 1995 as an IT solutions firm focusing on manufacturing operations and inventory control. With Fortune 500 clients, she grew the company to multi-millions in revenues, winning several national awards for workplace excellence. Through her 10-year leadership, ACT developed and commercialized ACTrax , a leading-edge production and warehouse management system, for which she negotiated the sale in 2005.

 

Julie was recognized as a 2014 Influential Marylander, 2013 Trailblazer in Technology, and as AT&T's Innovator of the Year in 2011. She received designation as winner of SmartCEO's BRAVA awards in 2014, the Athena Award in 2004, and was named to Maryland's Top 100 Women 2005, 2008 and 2014 at which time she joined the Circle Of Excellence for sustained service to the community. She recently held a Top Secret clearance.

 

Sidney Katz Dec 12, 2019
Montgomery County Council Updates
Montgomery County Council Updates

Sidney A. Katz was elected to represent County Council District 3 in November 2014 and reelected to his second term in 2018. He started his public service career in Gaithersburg serving on the Planning Commission from 1976 to 1978. He was elected to the Gaithersburg City Council in 1978 and served until 1998. He was elected Mayor of Gaithersburg in 1998 and served until November 10, 2014 when he resigned upon his election to the County Council.

Councilmember Katz is Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and a member of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee.