The Conscious Capitalism Central Maryland Chapter (C3MD) was launched in 2015 as an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. In 2017 the chapter incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a new board of directors and a renewed mission to promote the philosophy of Conscious Capitalism in the Baltimore / Washington Metro Area.
“C3MD is a purpose-driven business community that promotes the power of capitalism to create positive change, do good, and elevate humanity. We inspire and equip individuals and organizations to embrace and implement conscious business principles through collaboration, educational programs, practical tools, and strategic partnerships.”
Wendy is passionate about leadership both as a student and within organizations. She brings passion and energy to all she does and focuses on purpose in helping others discover and explore their leadership potential and capacity. She is a software engineer and business leader, an embodied athlete, an adventurer, and a community-igniter. She brings this grounded experience and dynamic energy to the groups and teams she works with, helping them reach beyond expectations. Wendy coaches leaders and their teams by integrating tools across the coaching and facilitation spectrum including emotional intelligence, team coaching and facilitation modalities, somatic sensing, and the interplay of energy dynamics. She is known for her unique ability to navigate ambiguity and helps leaders and their teams develop a clear vision for what they want and how they want to do it. Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn or visit her website to learn more about what Wendy does and how she does it. When Wendy is bored, she runs a race, climbs a mountain, travels the world and creates more possibilities for positive change around her.
Rev. Brian Akers
Rev. Akers is Senior Minister at the Columbia Center for Spiritual Living, and has described himself as an “Advocate for active & practical spirituality, humanitarian, Religious Science Minister, community leader & purveyor of social & spiritual badassery.”
Rev. Brian has been working with individuals, communities and organizations for more than a decade on projects and initiatives ranging from community and organizational development to cultural and leadership development.
Rev. Brian is called to his leadership role with C3MD as an opportunity to explore and promote the possibilities of applying the universal principles of the Conscious Capitalism philosophy to all areas of business and the workplace.
Wendy Baird is president and creative director of Insight180, a branding agency for b2b advisory businesses and nonprofits — those that “sell the invisible.” She has been advising companies on positioning strategy, name development, brand identity, and messaging and design strategy for more than 25 years, helping to to align their values and with their brand and bring their business visions to life. Wendy recently served on the boards or advisory committees of Howard Tech Council, National Family Resiliency Center, and Ignite Howard County. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Howard County.
Wendy writes and speaks about naming, positioning strategy, brand differentiation, and the power of purpose in developing a brand. She has facilitated brand and positioning workshops for dozens of businesses and organizations, including a division of the World Bank Group.
A big picture thinker who thrives on collaboration, Wendy has a talent for drawing out the creative side of even the most left-brained folks. A Reiki practitioner, and singer and actress in her spare time, she is known to break into song unexpectedly.
Kevin grew up in downtown Baltimore in the 60’s and 70’s, a pivotal period of change — and hope — for the city. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1983 and earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation in the mid-90’s. He started his CPA firm, Kevin T. Howard, CPA/PFS, P.A., in 2002 and acquired an investment advisory business, Flying Cloud Money Management, LLC, at the same time.
Accountants are trained to categorize transactions and to present accurate, complete and reliable information. Accounting is as much about communication as it is about numbers. Kevin believes that money is an exchange of energy. While good accounting is the foundation of any financial discussion, such a discussion is never finished until all the stakeholders are fully aware of the energy, the risks and rewards, and the ups and downs behind the transactions. The CPA profession calls this seeing beyond the numbers. Do the stakeholders truly understand all the costs and benefits to them? Do they understand what resources are available and need to be available at every step of the way? This is stakeholder integration, the second tenet of Conscious Capitalism — and this what Kevin’s passion is.
Onyemaechi comes to the C3MD team with experience as a public health practitioner, environmental scientist, federal regulator/policy maker, and social impact advocate. She has worked approximately two decades in the public and private sectors on policies and programs to make businesses and organizations to adopt behaviors that create public health value.
Through her career experience, she developed an interest in how for-profit entities could be more intentional about positively transforming people and communities in the course of business. Onyemaechi currently offers consulting services to businesses to identify how they can achieve greater social impact. Onyemaechi has been resident in Howard County since 2005 and loves to read fiction in her spare time.
Tanya is a Certified Financial Planner™ who has a side practice in mediation and facilitation for business partners. For six years, she has helped business owners define and refine their culture. Now, she has joined a financial advisory firm and is committed to building a financial planning practice that will have a positive impact on all the firm’s stakeholders. Tanya’s looking forward to contributing her gifts in Strategy & Governance, MarComm, and Finance to C3MD as a way to give back and help elevate the community she loves.
Tracy Turner is the Executive Director of the Howard Tech Council (HTC) and Acting Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. Tracy’s membership management philosophy is to build upon the connections, strengths and organizational reach and advance and support the region’s technology and business communities. Her wide skill-set includes program development, event coordination, nonprofit administration, community outreach and over 20 years of managing membership organizations.
A graduate of the 2015 inaugural class of the Towson University Professional Leadership Program for Women, Tracy also serves on the Howard Community College’s Commission on the Future STEM Task Force, Howard County Public School’s Applications and Research Laboratory Early College Program/Network Security Advisory Board, the EnRich Minds Foundation and the Million Women Mentors State Advisory Board.
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