Meet Local Educational Forum & Tradeshow

Learn About Innovations and Developments Transforming Baltimore

Visit Baltimore and our hospitality partners invite you to join us for an opportunity to hear directly from regional decision makers and influencers at this year’s Meet Local Educational Forum & Tradeshow. 

The forum will feature a panel of local executives and thought leaders working to drive innovation and transformational change across a variety of Baltimore’s top industries, in turn, leaving a lasting positive impact on our community:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD 21218
4:00 - 5:30pm Educational Forum
5:30 - 7:00pm  Networking & Tradeshow (click here for a list of exhibitors)
(free valet parking will be provided)

Visit Baltimore relaunched a refreshed Meet Local campaign in October 2015 with an invitation to everyone from local residents to corporate business leaders to bring their next event to Baltimore. The goal of Meet Local is to drive incremental short-term business to our hospitality community. To find out more information about this campaign, visit

Meet Local Panelist Bios

Moderator - Al Hutchinson, President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for BGE’s successful execution of the company’s six key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation and technology, and diversity and inclusion. Butler also is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and a member of the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon. Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and RLI Corp, where he is a member of the Audit and Nominations/Governance committees. 

Prior to becoming CEO in March 2014, Butler served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago). During the Exelon and Constellation Energy merger, Butler played a critical role in company and stakeholder relations. Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and strategy. 

Butler serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Greater Baltimore Committee, Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), Enoch Pratt Free Library, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club. Butler also serves on the board of the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing scholarship, promoting access to education, and building economies. 

Butler is the 2016 chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s giving campaign. Also in 2016, Butler served as Host Committee co-chair of the National Urban League Annual Conference. He was also the 2016 chair of Baltimore’s inaugural Light City Festival, a celebration of innovation and light that brought 400,000 people to downtown Baltimore, and will co-chair the event in 2017. He also co-chairs the BLocal initiative, a pledge by Baltimore’s leading businesses to buy, build and hire locally. 

Butler has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. Among his honors, The Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of the top 35 Influential Marylanders. He also received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2014. 

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He remains actively involved with both institutions. 

Butler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis. 

Healthcare - Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Jen Meyer is the CEO of Betamore, an award-winning coworking, incubator and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.Jen is responsible for leading Betamore’s efforts in actively supporting, growing and launching technology-based startup companies and educating regional technology talent for 21st century jobs. Established in 2012, Betamore has been home to 100+ companies that have collectively raised more than $52M in venture capital and in 2015 contributed $13.5M to the Baltimore City Economy. In addition, the education offerings have served over 14,000 attendees and over 200+ Academy graduates. Jen’s background is in the technology and financial industries, with a focus on leadership, operations and building communities.Jen has been an adjunct professor in the Loyola University MBA program, serves on the GBC Leadership board, Stevenson University's President’s Advisory Council, Tech Advisory Board of Digital Harbor High School, and was a board member for the Emerging Technology Center and Loyola Graduate Alumni. 

Arts & Culture - Jeannie Howe, Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

William H. Cole is the president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore.  BDC’s mission is to retain and help expand existing businesses as well as attracting new opportunities, which will increase job opportunities and spur additional investment in city neighborhoods. 

Prior to his appointment at BDC in 2014, Cole was the associate vice president of Institutional Advancement at the University of Baltimore.  He was twice elected to the Baltimore City Council and represented its 11th district from 2007 to 2014.  Cole also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1999 to 2002 and was a special assistant to U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings from 1996 to 2003. 

In addition to his BDC responsibilities, Cole is active on more than a dozen civic and non-profit boards.  He is the chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation board, as well as a member of the boards of the Downtown Partnership, Waterfront Partnership, Visit Baltimore, the Central Baltimore Future Fund and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore. He previously served as co-chair of the Baltimore Opportunity Collaborative, the regional plan for sustainable development.

Cole earned a B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore. 

A native Marylander, Cole has lived in Baltimore City for more than 30 years.  He and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of three Baltimore City public school students.