Make the most of your passions and talents with the United Way Community Impact Leadership Institute

Only 25 points needed for Community Impact Leader certification!

NOTE: Webinars can be completed at any time – check previous months for live links.

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What Is The Community Impact Leadership Institute?

An eclectic series of dynamic, timely, eye-opening, and fun events and experiences that will power personal, professional, and community change:

  • Experiential and immersive activities
  • Webinars to expand your social impact savvy
  • Lively presentations and panels on trending issues
  • Hands on, roll-up-your-sleeves volunteering events
  • Social and networking events

Graduates of the Institute receive a certificate and public recognition of their work.

Who Runs It?

Topnotch local and national leaders and gamechangers from a variety of backgrounds who will expand your worldview, ignite your curiosity, and energize you to reimagine and redefine your world.

What does it cost?

Absolutely nothing! There’s no charge for the events and the benefits are enormous—for you, for your neighborhood, for your workplace, and for our world.

Why join?

  • Create positive and measurable change where you live and where you work
  • Become more visible in your community and in your workplace
  • Be a part of a problem-solving, peer network dedicated to doing good
  • Connect, share ideas, and create a better future for yourself, your community, your workplace

It is not too late to join. This is an awesome opportunity to learn more about what is happening—and what needs to happen—so that all people in our region have the access and the opportunity to live their best lives.

Please send any pictures, videos or communications of your activity to earn the designated points towards your Community Impact Leadership Institute certificate requirement. In order for your points to be counted, you must email your proof of completion to

We also encourage you to share your inspiring acts with others by posting on social media and tagging the United Way of Central Maryland. You can use these hashtags: #LIVEUNITED and #UWCM.

Those participants that have reached a total of 25 points will be notified by email and sent completion certificates over the summer. More details to come.


To complete the Institute, earn 25 points through sessions and actions from August 2020 – May 2021 and complete a Community Impact Project. (Community Impact Projects will be developed and completed between January – May 2021.)

Note: To receive points, complete the post-event survey after each session or complete the required action step (e.g. Post in the Community Impact Leadership Institute LinkedIn group.)



Institute Overview (1 point)

August 13, 2020
12 – 12:45 p.m.

Hear directly from Franklyn Baker, CEO and President of United Way of Central Maryland, about the impact you can make and some advice as you get started with the Institute. Understand the program components and how to complete the program, and get a sneak peek into future sessions from our partners and Institute presenters.

The Art and Ease of Digital Giving (1 point) 

August 20, 2020
12 – 12:45 p.m.

Our Assistant Director of Corporate Communications, Danielle Molesworth, will share tips to make giving irresistible to your colleagues and friends and preview our digital fundraising tools. Bring your questions for a panel discussion.

Connect with Community Impact Leadership Institute Grads (1 point)

August 27, 2020
12 – 12:45 p.m.

Want to hear from those who have been there before? Graduates from the 2019 Institute will share their experiences, their commitment to volunteerism, and making an impact.

The Realities of Inequity: The Need for Affordable, Accessible Childcare (1 point)

August 19, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

This is the second session in a series about the realities that hardworking people in Greater Baltimore are facing. Join this discussion with experts shining a light on the challenges ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) households face and hear about collaborative solutions for addressing childcare barriers.

Share your Story (1 point)

Low-wage jobs and the high cost of living prevent many people in our region from making ends meet and leading financially stable lives. Do you know someone who has faced this reality? Have you? Are you helping those who are ALICE in your workplace or community? We want to hear your stories!

Emerging Leaders Presents: The Role of Discrimination in Food Disparities (1 point)

August 26, 2020
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Join our group for young professionals, Emerging Leaders United, for a session that explores the root causes of food disparities in our region.


Spread Joy, Not Germs (1 point)

September 10, 2020
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Get inspired with a local panel of industry leaders who have created new strategies to connect with colleagues and engage new audiences while meeting the pressing needs of our neighbors during the pandemic. Moderated by Beth Littrell, Director of Volunteerism and Community Engagement with United Way of Central Maryland and joy-maker extraordinaire.

Teamwork  (2 points)

September 17, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Become a more effective team member in a session designed for the Community Impact Leadership Institute with Notre Dame of Maryland University faculty.

Conversation Starters with Women United: Back to School (1 point)

September 21, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conversation Starters is a series of dialogues between powerhouse women in the Greater Baltimore region whose work makes a difference to families, neighborhoods, and communities. Join the conversation with Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, and Shantell Roberts, Founder of Touching Young Lives and school board member, as they discuss the challenges we face in the 2020 school year.

The Business of Doing Good: Equity (1 point)

September 24, 2020
12 – 12:45 p.m.

Learn how you can prioritize equity in your work, both inside and outside of the workplace. Monica Mitchell, Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Responsibility at Wells Fargo, will share her experience and facilitate this discussion.

The Realities of Inequity: The Housing Crisis in Our Region (1 point)

September 22, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

This is the second session in a series about the realities that hardworking people in Greater Baltimore are facing. Join this discussion with experts shining a light on the challenges ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) households face and finding collaborative solutions for addressing the housing crisis in our region.

Make a Virtual Corporate Career Fair Video (1 point)

Help students learn about the variety of employment and career options to fuel their hopes and dreams for the future. You can submit a video describing what you do and why you like doing it, or (safely!) create one with your work colleagues. We’ll post the videos to our YouTube channel and share them with our partner schools in Greater Baltimore.

Host a Coffee & Chat (2 points)

Plan a 45-minute virtual conversation with your colleagues about causes they care about, Corporate Social Responsibility goals, and community needs. Work directly with your relationship manager or Patti Provance to plan the conversation. We have templates, impact speakers, and ideas to help you make the conversation compelling and interactive!


NDMU Community Service and Leadership (2 points)

October 13, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Join Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Director of Community Service and Engagement, Emily Donlon, for a session on strategies to increase interest and engagement among your networks, both inside and outside of work, to make positive impact.

Leaders on Tap! (1 point)

October 20, 2020 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Connect with leaders of our membership groups including Emerging Leaders United, Leaders United, Women United and the Tocqueville Society. This annual event brings our members together and will provide an opportunity to give back to those facing homelessness.

The Business of Doing Good: Activating Employee Networks

October 29, 2020
12:00-12:45 p.m.

How can employees build conversations and alliances across differences?  How can these conversations deepen engagement and support for community initiatives?   Hear from Dana Cooksey, Chief Purpose Officer and David Hodnett, Client Advisor and Founding member of the Black and Latino colleague resource group about how these conversations evolved at Brown Advisory.



Women United: A Powerhouse for Positive Change (1 point)

October 1, 2020
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Factuality: A Crash Course on Structural Inequality (2 points)

October 8, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

The “Working Poor”–What It Means to Live in Survival Mode (1 point)

October 15, 2020
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

You Don’t See Me: Shining a Light on the Invisibles (1 point)

October 22, 2020
12 – 12:45 p.m.


An Appetite for Purpose: the McCormick Story from Farm to Table (2 points)

November 12, 2020
12:00-12:45 p.m.

For more than 130 years, McCormick has built a legacy and commitment to doing what’s right for people, the communities where we live, work, and source and for the planet we all share. Join us to find out what’s in the secret sauce from Michael Okoroafor, McCormick’s Vice President of Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation. Michael is a captivating leader who has influenced the company’s purpose to include a focus on doing good. This will be a flavorful discussion showcasing how McCormick embeds purpose in their business, including farmers, essential workers and more. Join us as we hear McCormick’s story from farm to table to your screen on November 12.

Spreading Joy, Not Germs: Dollars, Donations, and Drives (1 point)

November 19, 2020
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Joy-Maker Extraordinaire Beth Littrell returns to share strategies to support families as the holidays approach. Join Community Impact Leader Amanda Parsley, SECU, Whitney Shumaker, KCI, and United Way of Central Maryland family stability partner Jennie Fumarola to chat about strategies to engage your colleagues, friends and family in making an impact this holiday season while staying safe in the midst of a pandemic.  Check out how to get involved this season with us.


Home for the Holidays: Preventing Evictions in Our Region (1 point)

December 1, 2020
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

As winter approaches and the moratorium on evictions ends, experts anticipate an eviction tsunami which would affect families across the region.  Join United Way of Central Maryland’s Scott Gottbreht, Associate Vice President, Homeless Services and local experts to hear about the impending eviction crisis and the efforts under way to help people stay in their homes.

Hashtag Heroes: Using Social Media for Social Change (1 point)

December 3, 2020
12:00 – 12:45pm

What causes are you passionate about? How can you share that passion with your followers and turn it into meaningful support? Join us as we discuss how your followers can better understand your “why” behind your cause and how you can turn your social media presence into a platform for social change.  Panelists include: Alysha January, @discovercharmcity; Ashley Day, @growinglovehere; Dave Seel, @thefoodadventurer.  Moderated by Katie Truitt, United Way of Central Maryland’s head of social media


Factuality: A Crash Course on Structural Inequality (3 points)

Thursday January 28, 2021
12:00 – 1:30pm

Join us for an interactive session that simulates real-life experiences of inequity in America. More than 20,000 people from leading organizations and institutions across the country have participated in this powerful experience, which evokes empathy, increases cultural competence, and enhances self-awareness. It’s educational, it’s illuminating, and it’s real.

Experience this session alongside members of Emerging Leaders United, Leaders United, Women United, the Tocqueville Society and the Community Impact Leadership Institute.  This session will enhance the power of all of our groups to make collective impact.  Together, we deepen our understanding of the issues we face in our communities and apply our learnings through our actions.

Conversation Starter with Dr. Carole Miller re: COVID 19 Vaccines

Women United
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (1 point)

During the pandemic, oncologist Dr. Carole Miller has been on the front line and working with a team at St. Agnes Hospital to deliver new treatments for COVID-19 including vaccines as efficiently as possible, during a pandemic. Dr. Miller will share what it takes to develop a vaccine during a crisis, what it’s like to work in vaccinology in such a short time frame, and the outlook for vaccines and the control of COVID-19.

Women United Book Club

Women United (1 point)
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Being Sheela: the Life Journey of an Immigrant Lawyer
Moderated by Heidi Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Being Sheela: the Life Journey of an Immigrant Lawyer, authored by Adithi Rao, focuses of the human side of a successful professional, an immigrant and woman of color who has made it her purpose to strive for a better world. Sheela Murthy, Founder and President of Murthy Law Firm, and passionate member of Women United, feels that she is simply a vehicle to help people achieve their American dream of living and working in the U.S. This book will transport you, as you feel the highs and the lows, by seeing yourself through the eyes of those impacted by her life and work and by immigration issues.


Take Action from Where You Sit

Thursday February 4, 2021 (1 point)
12:00 – 12:45 pm

Join facilitator and racial justice consultant, Adar Ayira for a session to help you take action from wherever you might sit in your organization. Each of us has agency to put forward ideas and take action for change in our organizations and communities. Please register.

The Realities of Inequity: Ongoing and New Needs for Mental Health Support

Thursday February 11, 2021 (2 points)
12:00 – 1:00pm

Join us for the sixth session of this series, when local champions for health and well-being will discuss barriers to seeking and receiving mental health support, the myth that Blacks are more resilient to crises, the pandemic’s long-term impact on the fabric of our community, and the warning signs of a mental health decline and how to support struggling employees and others. Please register.

Community ACTION Project Kick Off!

Thursday February 18, 2021 (2 points and required for certificate completion)
12:00 – 1:00pm

This is the session you’ve been waiting for!  Find out how to take action on what you’ve learned through the Institute with action projects. Please register.

The Community Impact Leadership Institute is a partnership between United Way of Central Maryland and the Business and Economics Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Notre Dame of Maryland University helps men and women develop into socially responsible leaders through graduate degrees and stackable certificates in Leadership & Management, Nonprofit Management, and Philanthropy.

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