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UMBC Retriever Talks

“Words that are carefully framed and spoken are the most powerful form of communication there is.” ~ Nancy Duarte, Author and TED Speaker

In 2018, UMBC experienced its first Retriever Talks, a series of engaging TEDx-style presentations featuring seven of UMBC’s most talented faculty and staff. Talks highlighted several of UMBC’s core values: community, inclusive excellence, and innovation. Through an engaging mix of stories, research, and applied experience, speakers brought each value to life, widened our perspectives, and invited us into a shared conversation of purpose and meaningful action.

We expect that this event will serve several purposes:

  •         To both engage and develop UMBC’s best resource – our people
  •         To increase the visibility and spotlight the talents of our incredible faculty/staff population
  •         To tell the larger UMBC story to our external community and the wider world, serving to                  further enhance our reputation as an institution and employer of choice

We are excited to announce our next Retriever Talks on June 4, 2020. We invite faculty, non-exempt and exempt staff at all levels, both beginner and experienced speakers, to apply to this speaker development program.

When an individual shares their story with the larger community, we can all experience what it means to make an impact. When we outwardly share our lived experiences of our values, we realize a sense of collective identity and belonging that is powerful, palpable, and vital in promoting a thriving workplace culture.

Speaker application deadline is January 31, 2020. Click here for additional information and speaker submission form.


RETRIEVER TALKS 2018 (04/12/2018)

LaMar Davis: Who Was That Person?


Maisha Cron: On the Fast Track to Success-The Tortoise Edition


Kerrie Kephart: The Power of Words to Unite and Divide Us


Jacquelyn Thomas: Professional Development and the Audacity to Apply


Diane Zeenny Ghorayeb: Re-born in the U.S.A.


Galina Madjaroff Reitz: I’m Still ME



Joel DeWyer: Imagination: A Path Toward Changing How We Look At Things