The Maryland Global Gala, WTCI’s annual celebration of Maryland’s significant contribution to the world economy, brings together our vibrant international business community to learn, sample food and drinks from Baltimore’s top international restaurants and breweries, and experience multicultural entertainment.

Event Highlights

  • Sample food from some of Baltimore’s best international restaurants
  • Experience exciting cultural performances
  • Support WTCI’s Professional Development and Cultural Exchange Programs
  • Network with leaders from across Maryland’s international community


3:30 – Breakout Session
4:30 – International Receptions featuring the area’s top international restaurants and Maryland’s best beers
5:15 – Speaking Program
6:00 – Cultural Performance Showcase


Wednesday, December 6 | 3:30PM – 7:00PM
Columbus Center (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Proceeds and donations from MGG help to underwrite WTCI’s Professional Development and Exchange Programs. WTCI’s programming provides an education platform for our state – positioned to help advance the Next Generation of Global Leaders. Through the generous support of MD Global Gala attendees and sponsors, WTCI is able to offer scholarships to high potential college students, non-profit executives, international professionals, and those who would otherwise not be able to take advantage of these programs.

Featuring Food From


Mera Kitchen Kitchen


Uncle Lees


La Tavola




Silk Road Upload


chyo sushi

United States

The Land of Kush

United States


South America

La Food Marketa


Fogo de Chao


Rob Perry

Japanese Tea Specialist

Featuring Drinks From

Union Craft
Flying Dog

Breakout Sessions

The Role of Dance in Latin America – From Cuban Bolero to Dominican Bachata

During this breakout session, learn the basic steps and history of Bachata – an integral part of culture in the Dominican Republic. No partner is necessary! Get comfortable with the basics, and then enjoy a mesmerizing dance performance by Nancy and Ross.

A genre of music, a dance and a vector of emotions. Influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia, Bachata is fun to learn and a great dance to get your feet “wet” in the exciting world of Latin dancing! Bachata was born over 60 years ago and has been a way for Dominicans to express their joy, their pain, and their suffering. Once stigmatized, Bachata was to Latin America, as Jazz was to the U.S.; its practitioners were denounced and considered low class. Over the years, Bachata has kept its authentic essence and evolved over time, and remains one of the most popular and still fastest growing Latin dance styles.

Sentimiento Dance Company

Sentimiento Dance Company

Sentimiento is a Latin dance school located in Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore as an International Hub of Social Good

Baltimore is home to many large international NGOs who are vital to our local economy while making impacts across the world in a variety of sectors. Learn about how these organizations operate in challenging environments to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Cultural Showcase

Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company

Keur Khaleyi is an African dance company for children and adults. They are committed and passionate about passing on 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.

Samulnari Korean

Washington Samulnori

Washington Samulnori is a Korean traditional percussion performing troupe, dedicated to performing and preserving “Samulnori”.  The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” In the case of SamulNori, it refers to the four musicians playing four different types of percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong).

Cissa Paz

Cissa Paz

Cissa Paz is a Brazilian singer-song writer. The diversity of her cultural experience merges with her fearless taste for new combinations, as she creates and rearranges songs that are melded with the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian and Luso-African concepts. Cissa’s captivating stage presence and soulful voice bring music that is fresh, fun and rhythmic.


Platinum Sponsors

BD Diagnostics

Breakout Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Abt Associates
Strategic Consulting
T Rowe Price

Silver Sponsors

Ports America Chesapeake
Terminal Corporation
Harbor Magic Hotels
Rosemore Inc