The William Donald Schaefer Policy Conference and Award Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
University of Baltimore | Student Center
21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
This half-day conference will explore the traits of legendary, transformational leaders and how these traits can be cultivated in public-sector leaders. The event will also include the presentation of the fifth annual William Donald Schaefer Award, which honors the legacy of Governor William Donald Schaefer. This event is sponsored by Maryland Public Television.
Tickets are required as space is limited.
>>The conference is free but you must still register for tickets.
>>The conference AND the awards luncheon tickets are $50.
- "A Conversation on Leadership" with author Tom Peters, moderated by broadcast journalist Mary Beth Marsden
- "Leadership Lesson from the Pittsburgh Turnaround" with former mayor Tom Murphy
- "Lessons in Transformational Leadership" panel with Treasurer of Maryland Nancy Kopp and President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System Mohan Suntha, moderated by journalist Beverly Burke
Luncheon and Award Ceremony
- Presentation of the 2020 William Donald Schaefer Award Dr. Jay Perman, chancellor, University of Maryland System to Sister Helen Amos, executive chair, Board of Trustees, Mercy Hospital
Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business and often tagged as the best business book ever. Seventeen books and thirty-five years later, Tom is still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all it’s worth, the oneman brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.” His most recent effort is The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last (Vintage, 2018). Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy—it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” In November 2017, Tom received the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more at tompeters.com and excellencenow.com.
2020 Schaefer Award
Sister Helen Amos is the recipient of the fifth annual William Donald Schaefer Award. Sister Helen, RSM, was named Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health Services, Inc. in 1999. She served as President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center from 1992 to 1999 and has been a member of the Mercy Board of Trustees since 1980.
Sister Helen has more than 30 years experience in the fields of education and health care administration. After working as a teacher in Georgia, Sister Helen arrived in Baltimore to take a position as Registrar for Mount Saint Agnes College where she had earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1962. Sister would later take on administrator duties with the Sisters of Mercy of the Union and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Before coming to Mercy, Sister Helen served as President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union in Silver Spring, Maryland from 1984 to 1991.
Sister Helen earned her Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Annually, the Schaefer Center for Public Policy presents the William Donald Schaefer Award to a public official who embodies William Donald Schaefer’s spirit of caring and commitment to the people of Baltimore and Maryland. The first two recipients of the award were Maryland Congressman, the Honorable Elijah Cummings (2015); former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Grasmick (2016); former Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration, the Honorable Carolyn Colvin (2017); and former U.S. Senator of Maryland, the Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes (2018).
In 2015, the Schaefer Center’s Leadership Advisory Council sought to honor the legacy of Governor William Donald Schaefer and his “Do-It-Now” style as well as generate funds to support the public policy center named in his honor. In 2015 and 2016, the Schaefer Center hosted a reception and award ceremony. In 2017, the Center changed the format of the event to an annual policy conference and award ceremony.