Baltimore Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2023

The Baltimore Workforce Leadership Academy — launched in partnership by the United Way of Central Maryland and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program — brings leaders from across the Baltimore workforce ecosystem together for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects. The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks; strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs.

“The Workforce Leadership Academy is a way for representatives across all of Central Maryland’s industry sectors to come together and develop ways to overcome workplace challenges across the board. This inaugural class has the potential to make big changes in our region’s workforce. We look forward to seeing the creative solutions they develop through this program.” – Franklyn Baker, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland.

The Baltimore Workforce Leadership Academy is one of eight local academies launched in 2023. Alumni of the Academy become part of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, joining Fellows from fourteen previous Academies in eleven cities in the US and Canada.