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Meet our 2018 Professional and Workforce Development Awardees

Posted on August 21, 2018

Congratulations to our fourth annual class of professional and workforce development awardees!  Meet our recipients: 

  • ALYSHA JANUARY | Alysha is the Marketing Manager at the Charles Street Development Corporation. She is receiving funds to attend the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Washington. In her position, Alysha is charged with supporting and promoting the businesses, cultural attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants and retail establishments along the Charles Street corridor. Conference attendance will enable her to connect with Main Street organizations from across the country, bringing back best practice solutions and innovative ideas to continue to bolster economic and social prosperity, in part through increased tourism, along Charles Street. 
  • CORI RAMOS | Cori is an event planner at Johns Hopkins University. A tenured tourism industry professional, she will be pursuing her Certificate in Meeting Planning (CMP) from the Events Industry Council. Recognized as the gold standard in today’s meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry, becoming a CMP is a challenge worth the reward – and speaks to Cori’s motivation and professional goals.  The Foundation is excited to support Cori as she pursues this certification and looks forward to how it will propel her position within the Johns Hopkins institution as well as reinforce Baltimore’s meetings community.    
  • MATT WADE | Matt is a Senior Aquarist on the National Aquarium expert team. As a resident jellyfish expert, Matt mentors his fellow aquarists to produce jellies for one of the National Aquarium’s most popular exhibits—Jellies Invasion. He is receiving funds to attend the Zooplankton, Aquaculture & Phytoplankton (ZAP) Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska this winter. A workshop offering Matt the opportunity to gain highly technical training among leaders in his field, he will return with knowledge to expand the Aquarium’s Culture Lab and, in turn, expand further exhibits and experiences for Aquarium guests and visitors. 
  • SELISA JEFFERSON | Selisa is involved with both the University of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Urban League. She is receiving funds to pursue Spanish language courses at CCBC. Through these increased language skills, Selisa will be better equipped to connect citizens with services, programs and opportunities.  The Foundation is excited to see Selisa contribute to our efforts of securing increased representation and engagement of Baltimore’s Latino communities in our tourism economy. 
  • DANIELLE ROSE | Danielle is a Convention and Sales Coordinator right here at Visit Baltimore. She is receiving funds to pursue a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management at one of the top programs in the country, George Washington University. This certificate will provide Danielle with formal training in all sides of the industry with an emphasis on sustainability and destination development. In combination with her professional experience, this certificate provides Danielle the tools to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the industry to flourish and grow at Visit Baltimore.  

In addition to these individual awards, we are excited to support two organizations reaching a number of Baltimore’s young people through Foundation funds:

  • HUMANIM | Start on Success (SOS) Youth Workforce Program. Humanim’s job readiness programs help Baltimore’s young people forge career paths, despite any barriers they may face. Foundation funds will go towards the SOS program serving young people with disabilities, a program providing them with comprehensive skills training and mentoring as well as real-world work experience through internships and other career opportunities in the culinary/hospitality industries.  By underwriting core supplies and equipment needed for young people to participate in the internship but that otherwise would be deducted from an individuals' stipend, Foundation funds will maximize the take-home pay of all participating SOS youth this year.  
  • BALTIMORE URBAN ALLIANCE | High School Hospitality Internship Program. UA’s internship and CTE program helps young people transition from high school to post-secondary education and the workforce through rigorous on-the-job training and extensive classroom work focusing on hard and soft skills.  New this year, UA is expanding its program to create a new tract focusing on hospitality.  Foundation funds will support the hospitality sector internship including the provision of student wrap around services – in turn, making it more affordable for hotel partners to buy-in and ultimately reap tremendous benefits as UA job partners.  UA’s model has been successful across sectors in motivating students to graduate high school and enter into careers in their field or pursue higher education. 

Congratulations to all of our 2018 recipients!


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