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.”
Eboni Adams Monk, President*
Eboni Adams Monk is the Director of Marketing for Advanced Refining Technologies (ART), a joint venture between Chevron and W.R. Grace. In her role, she leads global marketing activities for ART, a leading supplier of hydroprocessing catalysts that produce cleaner fuels and trusted advisor to the world’s refiners.
Ms. Adams began her career at Amoco Chemical Company. Since then, her 27-year career has included leadership positions in Engineering, Operations, Continuous Improvement and Sales Operations. Her authenticity and ability to drive connections between business functions and people have been critical to her success in leading global teams. Under her leadership, teams have optimized processes, enhanced team dynamics and contributed top and bottom-line improvements. Ms. Adams’ dynamic and inspirational leadership style have earned her numerous leadership awards, speaking engagements and the honor of mentoring high-achieving professional women from around the world.
Ms. Adams is an author and thought leader. Her passion for transformational leadership led her to write her first book, Wisdom Traditions and the Essence of Leadership, which will be released in 2021.
Ms. Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgia State University. She is based in Columbia, Maryland, where she lives with her two sons. Connect with Eboni on LinkedIn or visit her website for more information about her love of leadership, business and culture.
Liz Richardson is a co-founder and owner of Indigo Ink Digital Printing Inc., a full-service print shop located in Columbia, Md. Liz, along with her husband Matt and a business partner, launched Indigo Ink in 2003, believing this new company could better serve quality driven clients. Indigo Ink has grown over the years, serving thousands of clients across the country. However, staying true to purpose, Indigo Ink still focuses primarily on building client relationships in the local Baltimore/DC area. Before launching Indigo Ink, Liz was a Geographer at the US Census Bureau for six years and had small side business as a floral designer. Liz has earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Salisbury University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She enjoys playing and creating music, rock climbing, skiing, and hiking with her dog. It is her and her husband’s love for the outdoors that has been a driving force for Indigo Ink’s dedication to making both their business practices and print production techniques as environmentally sustainable as possible. Liz currently lives in Catonsville, MD with her husband, dog and cat.
Kevin Howard, Treasurer*
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 trulyunderstand 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 is what Kevin’s passion is.
Sandy Young, Secretary*
Sandy is a licensed Architectural Engineer, a Certified Construction Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional in green building and design. As a growing leader in the Washington DC construction industry, she believes proactive and positive communication can avoid project pitfalls and lead a project team to a successful end. Sandy strives to learn and grow in her capacity as an influencer and motivator.
Rev. Brian Akers, Board Member at Large, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (co-chair)*
Rev. Akers is Senior Minister at the Oneness Center for Spiritual Living Columbia, and describes himself as a “New Thought Minister, Community Leader, Conscious Collaborator, Purveyor of Badassery!”
Rev. Brian has been working with individuals, communities, and organizations for more than a decade on projects and initiatives related to community, organizational, cultural, and leadership development.
Rev. Brian is called to his role with C3MD as an opportunity to explore and promote the universal principles of the Conscious Capitalism philosophy to elevate leaders, culture, businesses, and society itself to create a world that works for all.
C3MD Advisory Board
Wendy Baird, Marketing/Communications*
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 align their values and with their brand and bring their business visions to life. A 2015 graduate of Leadership Howard County (LHC), Wendy is co-chair of LHC’s Business Day for the Premier program. She helps organize Ignite Howard County and served on the boards or advisory committees of Howard Tech Council and National Family Resiliency Center.
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.
Dr. Tinah Ibironke
Dr. Ibironke started her career in the engineering field over 18 years ago and has worked in several private and public companies. Dr. Ibironke founded a non-profit organization called Diaspora African Network of Powerful Professionals (DANOPP), which was established 5 years ago. The organization focuses on personal and professional development for adults and mentoring for youth and young adults. She is dedicated to nurturing and mentoring young adults in her community with the hope to serve as a female engineer and God-fearing role model to the younger generation. She has volunteered in several non-profit organizations in Maryland such as Art for Heart, United Way, Our Daily Bread, Sister’s Place, Baltimore Leadership School for young women etc. Dr Ibironke also had the privilege to serve on executive leadership boards of the Employee Resource Groups that she belonged to.
Dr. Ibironke serves as a mentor, coach, speaker, and educator at several conferences, workshops, retreats, and other engagements as she helps to educate and encourage youth, young adults and adults to build their professional and personal aspects of their lives in accordance with biblical principles.
Josh Massey is a husband, father, builder, coach, experiential educator, and coffee enthusiast. Combine these…it is no surprise to those that know him that Ortus Academy was the outcome. He is the COO & Co-Founder of Ortus Academy, a Financial Intelligence educational platform and community based in Baltimore. Ortus Academy offers Financial Intelligence education to entrepreneurs, business owners, youth organizations and educators with Millennial and Gen Z members through online courses, virtual and in-person Financial Wellness workshops, speaking engagements, and coaching.
Josh earned his third degree black belt in Hapkido, and from 2005 to 2012 was a Lead Instructor and Program Director of a martial arts school – this was where his passion for teaching was realized. He went back to college in his thirties to pursue a degree in Leadership Development & Social Entrepreneurship – from UMBC. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership – also from UMBC, and spends his free time with his family exploring, experiencing, experimenting, and educating along the way.
Wendy is a software engineer and business leader, an embodied athlete, an adventurer, and a community-igniter. By day, she moves through the world as an executive coach and facilitator with a holistic approach towards complex leadership challenges in collaboration, strategy, and execution. She is known for her unique ability to navigate ambiguity and developing a clear vision for what leaders want and how they want to do it. She is a certified practitioner of the Hogan Leadership Forecast Series, the Leadership Circle Profile 360, the Collective Leadership Assessment, Polarity Thinking and a facilitator of the Immunity to Change. She is certified by the ICF at the PCC-level. Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn or visit her website to learn more about what Wendy does and how she does it. In her spare time, Wendy loves long walks in nature, enjoys photography and looks forward to traveling the world with her family again.
Onyemaechi Nweke, Programming
Onyemaechi is a public health practitioner, environmental scientist, federal regulator/policy maker, social impact advocate, and business owner. She has worked two decades in the public and private sectors on policies and programs to make businesses and organizations to adopt behaviors that create wellbeing and health.
Onyemaechi is interested in how for-profit entities could be more intentional about positively transforming people and communities in the course of doing business, and how communities can partner with their business neighbors to co-create value. She offers a range of consulting services including stakeholder engagement and training for community and issue advocates in the areas of public policy and evaluation.
Tanya Rapacz, Governance & Membership*
Tanya is a Certified Financial Planner™ who has a practice in mediation and facilitation for business partners. For eight 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 serves on the Strategy & Governance, MarCom, and Finance committees.
Mary Thompson is Certified Financial Planner™and owner of ReFrame Financial Planning, a fee-only financial planning company that is on a mission to shift the mindset around financial planning and “traditional” retirement. They help those who are thinking about an encore phase to re-imagine and design the second half of their lives.
A former project manager and “change” manager in the IT field, then a stay-at-home mom and then a Registered Investment Advisor for ten years, Mary built her own practice (ReFrame) as she entered into her “encore” adult years.
She was an active volunteer for several businesses in Old Ellicott City as part of flood recovery and rebuilding efforts. She also volunteers for several organizations involved in financial literacy. And, she started the organization This Point Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources, support and programs for individuals preparing for retirement with meaning and purpose.
Tracy Turner, Partnerships*
Campus Director – 1776 @ Greencourt Innovation Center
With over 20 years combined in incubator operations and membership management, she has built impactful relationships with the tech, startup, and nonprofit community in Central Maryland. Tracy is invested in helping create valuable programs, connections and business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
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, the Million Women Mentors State Advisory Board and the Maryland Business Innovation Association.
*Voting Member of C3MD Board