UMBC Retriever Talks

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“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” ~ Margaret Wheatley

When an individual shares their story with the larger community, we can all experience what it means to make an impact. When we hear our organizational values reflected through diverse stories and lived experiences, we realize a sense of collective identity and belonging that is inclusive of multiple perspectives in ways that are powerful, palpable, and vital in promoting thriving workplace cultures.

We invite you to join us for UMBC’s third cohort of Retriever Talks on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023. This year’s theme: Revealing Our Common Unity in CommUNITY explores community at the depths and the micro and macro ways that we can generate it from the inside out.  Our eight community-selected speakers will bring to life facets of our four core values themes: Reach Together, Extend Beyond, Claim Your Future, and Explore Every Angle, inviting each of us to meaningfully reflect, widen our perspectives and move toward inspired action as active co-creators of Our UMBC.

We look forward to seeing you on May 17th from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for our Cohort III Program and optional speaker reception from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. UMBC Community members please register here by Friday, May 12th.

Want more information? Contact Jill Wardell at

Join in on the excitement for this year’s event. Listen to the music that’s inspiring our cohort!

Cohort III 2023 (05/17/2023)

Dr. Brittini Brown:
The Gift of Uncertainty



Lori Hardesty:
You Deserve Your Own Care: Strategies to Get to the Other Side


Justen Paden:
Receive. Grow. Serve.




Dr. Kathy Glyshaw:
How Adding Things to Your “To-Do” List Actually Makes Life More Manageable

Melessia Jasper:
The Gift Within: Embracing and Empowering the Real You

Marion Emmert:
Planting Seeds of Hope Through Words of Encouragement

Michael Paszkiewicz
Level Up! Reimagining Teams Through the Lens of a Video Game Addict

Dr. Ken Baron:
Navigating the Seas of Adversity


Cohort II 2021 (06/02/2021)

Jeff Cullen:
It’s Time We Got Off
The Sidelines

    Jill Randles:
Listening as a Pathway to Presence

Diane Alonso:
Finding Our Strengths:
Using 2020 as a Catalyst for Change

Ray Soellner:
Watch Your Habits, They
May Become 
Your Thoughts

Eric N. Ford:
Mentee to Mentor

M. Antonio Silas:
It’s All in Your Mind:
Leveraging Fear as Fuel


Tory H. Williams:
Want to enhance inclusive
Try authentic communication.

Jasmine A. Lee:
Be Like Water


Cohort I 2018 (04/12/2018)

Lamar Davis

LaMar Davis: Who Was That Person?

Maisha Cron

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

Kerrie Kephart

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

Jacquelyn Thomas

Jacquelyn Thomas: Professional Development and the Audacity to Apply

Diane Zeenny Gorayeb

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

Gal8na Madjaroff

Galina Madjaroff Reitz: I’m Still ME

Joel Dewyer

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