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Baltimore Homecoming turns it up at Amplify

Baltimore Homecoming, an organization mobilizing a network of accomplished Baltimoreans based around the world to invest in Baltimore’s future, gathered for the three-day Amplify 2022 event May 4-6.

The program highlighted local businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, especially those that are women and minority-owned and impacted by the pandemic.

Amplify 2022 built on past events and focused on issues where Baltimore is driving change. The program focused on education, nonprofit, community building, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and startups and featured UpSurge Baltimore Founder Jamie McDonald, the annual Crab Tank pitch competition sponsored by M&T Bank where Susan Clayton of WhitePaws RunMitts took home the $25,000 grand prize and $2,500 people’s choice prize, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott, a fireside chat with Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield and NYT Best-selling Author D. Watkins and more.

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Shelonda Stokes, left, president and executive of Downtown Partnership, and Kayenecha Daugherty, founder of Creative Nomads, pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

From left, Brittany Young, Devin Williams and Rashad Staton, all of B360, enjoy their time at Amplify 2022. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Eze Jackson, of EPIC Fam Music, performs for the crowd at Amplify 2022. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, left, addresses the attendees at Amplify 2022 while Nate Loewentheil and JM Schapiro, co-founders of Baltimore Homecoming, share the stage with Scott. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

From left, Crystal Alford-Cooper, author Chris Wilson and Arlene Williams stand in front of the booth promoting Wilson’s book, “The Master Plan: My Journey From Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.” (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

The 12-piece band Bedlam Brass performs for eventgoers at Amplify 2022. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

From left, Chris Brandt, CEO of Audacious Inquiry; Tom Geddes, a partner at Brown Advisory; JM Schapiro and Nate Loewentheil, co-founders of Baltimore Homecoming; and Rushika Fernandopulle, chief innovation officer at OneMedical, were on hand for the festivities. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Deborah Tillet, Executive Director at Emerging Technology Centers Baltimore, enjoys her time at Amplify 2022. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute, interviews New York Times Best-Selling author D. Watkins. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Jamie McDonald, CEO of UpSurge Baltimore, was one of the guest speakers at Amplify 2022. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

From left, Jeff Cherry, CEO of Conscious Venture Lab, played moderator for a discussion involving Jessica Gartner, CEO of Allovue; Delali Dzirasa, founder and CEO/CTO of Fearlessl and Ellington West, CEO and co-founder of Sonavi Labs. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Susan Clayton, second on right, founder of WhitePaws RunMitts, displays a $25,000 ceremonial check she received for winning the annual Crab Tank pitch competition at Amplify 2022. Clayton was joined on stage by Augie Chiasera, President of the greater Baltimore/Chesapeake Region at M&T Bank; Detra Miller, business banking regional manager – administration vice president at M&T Bank; Lisa Green Hall, of Impact Capital; Dave Troy, CEO of 410 Labs; Takia Ross, owner of Accessmatized; and Jason Murphy, CEO and president of Murphy Enterprises. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)

Robyn Murphy, managing partner at JRM Consultancy; Tammira Lucas founder of then Tamara Lucasofra Lucas, founder of The Cube Cowork; and Robbin Lee, of Baltimore Homecoming; get together for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Homecoming)