Celebrate the ways in which our city is an international center for global commerce and cultural exchanges. The inaugural  Maryland Global Gala will showcase the diverse business and cultural amenities that make our region an important international destination.


3:30 – Breakout Sessions

  •  Communication Across Cultures with Luby Ismail, Founder & President, Connecting Cultures
  • Leveraging Technology For Social Good. Featuring Earth Networks

4:30 – International Receptions featuring the area’s top international restaurants and Maryland’s best beers

5:15 – Speaking Program

  • Introduction from Congressman Elijah Cummings (Via Video)
  • Professional Exchanges Program Overview
  • Maryland Companies Making a Global Impact
  • Professional Exchange Program Community Partner Honorees

6:00 – Cultural Performance Showcase

Breakout Sessions

Communication Across Cultures – Featuring Luby Ismail

This session introduces the six major stumbling blocks to communication across cultures, as identified by extensive research. Participants identify the common challenges for communication and team-building between individuals and groups representing two or more cultures and learn specific ways to break down these communication barriers. Attendees learn practical ways to enhance their own cross-cultural communication skills. At this session you will identify the six major stumbling blocks to communication across cultures, describe ways to break down the barriers to communication in culturally diverse groups, and exchange ways to incorporate key cultural competencies into existing initiatives.

Leveraging Technology For Social Good – Featuring Earth Networks and Ausley Associates

Hear how Maryland companies are using technology to make the world a better place. Earth Networks lightning detection technology allows for affordable and reliable weather forecasting and is in use across Africa. Ausley Associates is using drones in  a variety ways including  to help fight the Zika virus. Additional speakers and companies TBA. This session is presented by Prometric.

Event Highlights

  • Sample food from some of Baltimore’s best international restaurants
  • Experience exciting cultural performances
  • Learn about what it is like to participate in WTCI’s Professional Exchanges Program from community members
  • Network with leaders from across Maryland’s international community
  • Choose from 2 Breakout Sessions – Communication Across Cultures or Leveraging Technology for Social Good


Wednesday, October 5 | 3:30PM – 7:00PM
Columbus Center (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Beverages Provided By

Maryland Global Gala Beverages

Participating Restaurants

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Cultural Performances

Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company

African Drummers, Keur Khaleyi

Keur Khaleyi is an African dance company for children and adults. They are committed and passionate about passing on the Culture through the art of dance. They exist to strengthen and enhance awareness, understanding, preservation, education, appreciation, and enjoyment of traditional African performing arts dance, music, songs, and stories.

The Wild Irish Roses

The Wild Irish Roses

Dazzling duo of sisters Jessica and Kaitlyn Likas, who delight audiences with their dueling fiddles and Irish step and Scottish Highland dancing.

Sentimiento Dance Company

Salsa Dancers, Sentimiento

Sentimiento is a Latin dance school located in Baltimore, MD. Founded and directed by Brandon Bachata y Nancy Salsa, local dance instructors who are passionate about teaching and dancing.  Sentimiento was born out of a desire to expose Baltimore to different styles of Latin Dancing especially Salsa NY style and Traditional Bachata.


MD Global Gala Sponsors