Brenner created Startup Baltimore, a support group for budding entrepreneurs where attendees can listen to speakers who describe their own experiences in setting up businesses, discuss problems and solutions, and help to bring their ideas to fruition. The 27-year-old says: “I’ve got this bug in me that’s like, ‘you should be building your own products yourself. You can sell them and you can focus all your time into that.’”
Kathleen McNally Durkin
Durkin is Deputy Executive Director of the Arc Baltimore, an organisation that provides high quality support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.The Arc Baltimore provides an array of community-based support services to approximately 3,000 men, women, and children throughout Baltimore.
Co-founder of SmallBizMedia.tv, Fuster oversees the company as they seek to enable businesses to increase their brand awareness through search engine optimisation and marketing services. Outside of her work Fuster is also a huge fan of music and the movies, and has directed her own documentary about the plight of autistic children.
Better known as rapper Greenspan, this Baltimore-born mc is also a film-maker, and says he prefers to do his shows with a live band, rather than focusing on making records. That said, Greenspan has released a mix-tape, and is also set to release another album, Stairway to Heaven in the near future. In the meantime, documentaries on Baltimore and a budding acting career will keep him busy.
The is Baltimore Ravens defensive back is also the president of a non-profit Baltimore organisation which mentors disadvantaged young boys. “It’s our goal to fill in the voids they’re missing,” said Foxworth, a new father himself. “They’re smart kids, but they’re in terrible schools in most cases. Their parents don’t know all the things available for their kids.”
Baltimore Orioles centre fielder is one of the most promising players in baseball, hitting 19 home runs in his second season with Baltimore. He followed that up with 20 home runs in 2011, and already has 14 home runs this year – a haul that has seen the O’s sign him to a six-year deal worth more than $85m.
Guitar playing vocalist with Baltimore’s Thrushes, Conner is an art teacher by day, even though the band’s debut album Sun Come Undone earned plaudits worldwide, thanks to the upbeat pop of single Heartbeats, a song that drew comparisons with the best work of the Pixies and Jesus and Mary Chain. Their follow up Night Falls is out now.
Bmore Smart founder Sarkissian set up the organisation to enable a variety of speakers to communicate their passions to social entrepreneurs who hope to meet like-minded individuals together with a view to collaboration and support. “With any city, its greatest goal should be having innovators with phenomenal ideas who are willing to take risks,” Sarkissian said. “My approach is to start small. But I start immediately.
Better known as Rye Rye, this 21-year-old rapper, dancer and actress from Baltimore has already enjoyed chart success with the album Go! Pop! Bang! 2012 is set to be a big year for Rye Rye, with the actress making her big screen debut in the big budget Hollywood movie 21 Jump Street.
Simon is undoubtedly one of the most influential Baltimore citizens alive today; Simon is responsible for the critically lauded television show The Wire, as well as it’s less well-known predecessor Homicide: Life on the Street. Simon is currently involved with the post Hurricane Katrina drama Treme, and is also a respected journalist.
Born in Baltimore, Winfrey is one of the most influential personalities working in US television – though some admirers have gone further, Time Magazine describing here as the most influential woman in the world back in 2004. Despite her television show coming to an end in 2011, she continues to appear on a weekly radio show, and averages more than 70 million page views on her official website per month.
Working for the Greater Baltimore Technology Council as Innovation Community Manager, Hazlett seeks to give guidance and act as a connector to the city’s community of developers, designers and entrepreneurs. In the past he has also helped to realise the CreateBaltimore event for members of the arts and tech communities in Baltimore.
The president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County is one of the world’s most influential leaders, according to a recent issue of Time magazine. Described as a man who inspires, challenges and changes the world, Hrabowski has transformed the school into a top ranked place of learning, specialising in science and research. That’s despite Hrabowski’s run-in with the law at a young age – at 12, he was jailed during a civil rights march. For Freeman, that was just the start of a life of standing up for what he believes in.
The publisher of iPad magazine Rohous, Landy’s magazine focuses on home furnishings, products and features about cities, with Landy travelling the world in order to come up with material for the ‘zine. “This has been a dream come true for me,” says Landy.“I embrace urban living in small spaces but discovered that there was no monthly magazine that focused on this niche lifestyle. Rohous has been a few years in the making and I hope people will share in our enthusiasm and interest in this lifestyle trend.”