Episode 5: “The Higher the Technology, The Higher the Education”
7.30 - 10.30

Episode 5: “The Higher the Technology, The Higher the Education”

September 11, 2018 | 7:30-10:30 am
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202


Tech savvy schools and educational organizations are recognizing that the landscape of education is changing dramatically and are devoting more and more resources into technology systems and tools to better prepare students for employment.

Join us 9/11 at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where experts from Higher Education Institutions, Educational Organizations, and local/global Employers discuss and answer questions on how Institutions are investing in collaboration technologies that can close STEAM skill set gaps among students and new hires, better preparing them to enter a more technologically entrenched world of work.

Employers like SmartLogic will be discussing how they are using technology to recruit young talent just out of school and how AI, VR and other emerging technologies are helping them retain and grow their talent both here in Baltimore and abroad.


Louise Finn, CIO, Loyola University Maryland

Louise began her career in higher education information technology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where over a period of ten years she became progressively more responsible for technology service delivery across the enterprise, including the University, medical institutions and applied physics lab. She served as the university liaison for Internet2 middleware services and consolidated many locally owned and supported services into enterprise caliber offerings including email/calendar, directory, sharable personal file storage and the creation of a unique JH ID for single sign on to institutional systems. She participated in technology governance across the institutions, working on technology standards, risk management and communication strategies.

Yair Flicker, President, SmartLogic

Yair Flicker is the President of SmartLogic, a consulting company that builds custom web and mobile-based software products. SmartLogic’s clients include STAQ, OrderUp, RedOwl Analytics, NewsUp, Groove Commerce, DinnerTime, and several other area startups. Yair was a co-founder and director of TeamPassword (acquired by Jungle Disk in Q1 2018), board chair of Bikemore, and a director of ETC and MIDC. Yair received BS/MSE degrees in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

David Gracyalny, Vice Provost, MICA Open Studies

David Gracyalny has been vice provost of MICA Open Studies since 2015, and for 14 years prior was dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies as the unit was previously called. MICA Open Studies serves a diverse student body of art and design professionals, educators, lifelong learners, amateur enthusiasts, students of traditional college age, teens, and children. In addition to studio art programs, which broaden access to MICA’s renowned instruction and facilities, Open Studies programs focus on professional preparation and advancement for artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs. The unit also administers four unique professional graduate programs–the Business of Art and Design, Information Visualization, UX Design, and Design Leadership–that converge at the crossroads of design, technology, and commerce.


Chris Harris, Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Chris Harris, MBA (International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as a Lecturer in 2013. He had been an adjunct faculty since 2010. He is a proven integrated digital marketing educator and practitioner. His expertise is in applying real-time digital marketing best practices to the classroom. Chris has close to 20 years of integrated digital marketing experience in web, television, mobile, social, display advertising and print marketing channels in the B2C and B2B space. He has spearheaded agency work and has contracted with such notable companies as The Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Warner Bros Entertainment, Westwood One, Le Coq Sportif, Helly Hansen, Ericsson, Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Disney and Nokia. He also specializes in digital marketing for new venture businesses. Chris has founded and ran an international direct marketing/ecommerce apparel and accessories business, built the North American operations for a European based mobile applications firm and launched a cloud-based integrated digital marketing agency.


Omar S. Muhammad, Director and Intrapreneur, Morgan State University

Omar S. Muhammad is a man that wears many hats in his community. He serves as a connector known to collaborate on initiatives that lead to economic opportunities, a Small Business Columnist for the Baltimore Business Journal, Podcast Journalist, consultant to a youth entrepreneurship organization, a Network Marketer for Wakaya Perfection, and specializes in leadership and personal growth training and coaching. In addition, he currently serves as the Director and Intrapreneur for Morgan State University and manages the Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center (EDAC). Omar received his Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Morgan State University. When Omar is not working, he can be found helping people improve and progress in business and life, spending quality time with family, traveling the world, playing golf, attending sporting events, and listening to podcasts and audio books. 


Shervonne Cherry, Director of Community & Partnerships, Spark Baltimore

Shervonne Cherry is the Director of Community & Partnerships for Spark Baltimore, a collaborative workspace for growing technology-focused startups, entrepreneurs, and creatives that uniquely pairs hospitality and entrepreneurship. She cultivates community development, creates networking opportunities for Spark members, supports ecosystem growth within and outside the Spark community, and fosters partnerships within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Shervonne is a ecosystem builder who has worked within the government, corporate, and startup communities for over 14 years. Prior to launching Spark Baltimore in 2016, Shervonne was the Program Manager for Dreamit Health Baltimore, a venture capital and seed accelerator for health technology focused startups. She has a passion for design & technology and is actively involved in the Baltimore technology community as an organizer, speaker, and startup advocate. Shervonne currently serves on the board of Code in the Schools, and organizes for Baltimore Innovation Week and Baltimore Women in Tech.

More recently, Shervonne is focusing on the expansion of the Spark coworking community with the launch of Spark Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. This will be the second Spark location in the United States, and along with hospitality-focused coworking will also feature coliving for the growing Kansas City ecosystem.

Rajesh Eshwar, Head of Client Experience & Delivery Transformation, T. Rowe Price

Rajesh Eshwar is the Head of Client Experience & Delivery Transformation at T. Rowe Price. In this role, Mr. Eshwar leads the transformation efforts to deliver reimagined client experiences using design and technology advancements. Mr. Eshwar also leads the firm’s Maryland Innovation Center.

Before joining T. Rowe Price in 2017, Mr. Eshwar was Executive Vice President in Capgemini’s North American business, where he was responsible for its East region business operations specializing in Digital & Analytics capabilities. Prior to this role, Mr. Eshwar was Chief Sales Officer of Sogeti USA, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group where he led successful revenue growth & client service excellence initiatives. In prior roles, Mr. Eshwar led the Outsourcing business line and was a Senior Consultant in the Strategy & Transformation practice of Capgemini Ernst & Young.

Mr. Eshwar holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Mr. Eshwar is the author of 5 research publications on applications of Stochastic Optimization in the Chemical Engineering domain. 
Mr. Eshwar is on the Board of the Inner City Tennis Project, a not-for-profit organization in Cincinnati.



Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy a $10 discounted ticket and we will all get to give back to the next generation of talent entering the workforce. Use code WFTSTUDENT at checkout to apply discount. 



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