Albrecht Fellowship for College Students: 2023 Schedule

Heejin Ryu

August 16, 2023 | Location: TBA
Program Opening – Personal Brand Management

The 2024 program exposes the fellows to behind-the-scenes tours of Maryland companies, panel discussions with business, government, and nonprofit professionals, and career-building skills and competencies. The sessions will fall under one of several tracks, including Personal Brand Management, Effective Leadership, Baltimore as a Home to Global Brands, Digitization and AI, Global Trade and Commerce at the State and Local Level, and the Business of Doing Good. The opening session will hone in on Communication and Public Speaking Skills Building within Personal Brand Management.


  • Dr. James Albrecht, Founder of Albrecht Fellowship
  • Brice Phillips, VP, Sustainability, Phillips Foods
  • Eddie Resende, CEO, WTCI
  • Nina Bankova, VP of Global Engagement and Fellowships, WTCI
  • Gina Buck, Sr. Manager of Fellowships, WTCI
  • Laura Sicola, Founder, Vocal Impact Productions and Author of Speaking to Influence
August 17, 2023
Outward Bound Teambuilding Retreat

This full-day retreat at an Outward Bound program will bring out the best of every participant. The power and intensity of learning and adventure in the outdoors create positive experiences and memories that have a lasting impact. To understand the needs of each participant and provide a challenge in the natural environment at the edge of, but not beyond their ability, programs are facilitated by expert practitioners applying an effective process to develop an appreciation of the balance between risk, reward, and responsibility.

August 18, 2023 | Location: Stanley Black & Decker
Baltimore as a Home to Global Brands and Career Building

In addition to a site visit at Stanley Black & Decker, this session will include a Career Building Session covering the pillars of "Personal Entrepreneurship" and how they can be applied to any profession and any role. This encompasses effective and intentional personal brand management to properly position yourself for visibility and success related to your career and personal goals; strategic networking to learn, grow, be mentored, and also become a resource to others; innovative thinking & ideation to position one's self as a leader and innovator; and leading by example through ownership.


  • Clarke Jackson, Internship Program Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Rianna Martin, Director, Talent Development, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Audrey Van de Castle, Director, Digital Transformation, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Charles Johnson, Engineer, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Monyka Berrocosa, Principal and Business Coach, Monyka Berrocosa Business Coaching & Strategy
August 21, 2023 | Location: Maryland Secretary of State Office, Collins Aerospace
Annapolis as a Hub of International Affairs and Global Business

Fellows will hear from various speakers at the Maryland Secretary of State Office and at Collins Aerospace. Throughout the day, they will form valuable relationships with mentors as they learn about International Affairs and Global Business in the context of Maryland's capital, a growing center for worldwide exchange.


  • Michael Lore, Deputy Secretary of State, Maryland Secretary of State Office
  • Mary (Mendy) Nitsch, Director, International Affairs, Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State
  • Alice Lao, Chief of Staff/ Project Manager, Operations, Connected Aviation Solutions
  • Anja Bonacci, Associate Director, Global Customer Experience, Collins Business Aviation Solutions Program
  • Jessica Manzo, Talent Acquisition Principal Specialist, CAS Business Unit


  • Brittany Lemme, Associate Director of Product Management, Data and Digital Solutions
  • Caitlin Hess, Project Manager, Global Customer Experience
  • Dave Phillips, Talent Acquisition Manager, Mission Systems Business Unit
  • Gary Cooper, Marketing Manager, Connected Aviation Solutions (CAS)
  • Katie Zeglis, Associate Director, Cybersecurity and Compliance
  • Mark Parme, Associate Director, Commercial Management, America's Commercial Customer Programs
  • Mike Shearer, Head, Global Sales for Business Aviation Solutions
  • Versie Liles, Associate Director, CAS Engineering
August 22, 2023 | Location: Dunlop Protective Footwear
Site Visit to Dunlop Protective Footwear

Dunlop Protective Footwear is the world’s leading manufacturer of protective footwear, operating in over 75 countries worldwide. The company provides workers in agriculture and fishery, food processing, construction & industry and oil, gas and mining industries with innovative craftsmanship, safety and comfort. You will meet with professionals in various roles and will get to tour the production facility. Company representatives can speak to the operations as well as the production process, its sustainability practices, the company’s culture and the most desirable skills and employment opportunities.


  • Colin Clark,Global CMO, Dunlop
  • Albert Weir, Global COO, Dunlop
  • Alex Sleifer, Master Planner, Dunlop
  • Even Halpern, Warehouse Manager, Dunlop
August 23, 2023 | Location: Port of Baltimore, Ports America Chesapeake, U.S. Commercial Service
Global Trade and Commerce at the State and Local Level

Throughout various site visits, fellows will engage with topics related to international trade at different governmental and commercial levels.


  • Bennett Creighton, Director - Planning & Terminal Development
  • William Cawthern, Director, Foreign Trade Zone #74, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Lisa A. Swoboda, Senior Director, Military & Federal Affairs, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Andrew Kreinik, Sr. Regional Manager, Office of International Trade, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Jolanta Coffey, Sr. International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
August 24, 2023 | Location: MindGrub Technologies, McCormick, T. Rowe Price
Digitalization and AI, Baltimore as a Home to Global Brands

Fellows will explore the global implications of Digitalization and AI on present and future society as they hear from MindGrub Technologies. Following this session, the focus will pivot back to Baltimore as a Home to Global Brands, specifically centering on Effective Leadership with McCormick and T. Rowe Price.


  • Jason Michael Perry, Chief Technology Officer, MindGrub Technologies
  • Kim Paradise, Chief of Staff, MindGrub Technologies
  • Dean Merritt, Vice President, Sales, MindGrub Technologies
  • John Sandell, Senior Director, Client Engagement, MindGrub Technologies
  • Andrew R. Jacobs, Sr. Director/Total Business Owner, Quality & Regulatory, Americas Flavor Solutions, McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • Mark Vidmar, Sr. Early Talent Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, T. Rowe Price
August 25, 2023 | Location: Catholic Relief Services
Program Closing – The Business of Doing Good

The Program Closing for the 2024 College Albrecht Fellows will include a Site Visit, Round Table, Closing Keynote, and a Career Building Session which serves as a continuation of the "Personal Entrepreneurship" discussion. The session will provide a reflection on the program experience and an action plan to make the most out of the program in the coming months. Themes to be discussed include leading by example through ownership, the power of follow up, and lifting and climbing: it's never too early to be a mentor. Following the session, a closing ceremony will be held for the graduating fellows.


  • Sergey Hayrapetyan, Sr. Director, Enterprise Risk and Compliance, Catholic Relief Services
  • Trilaine Massey, MBA, Senior Director, Global Program Finance, Jhpiego
  • Joe Cumello, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Blue Planet Software Division, Ciena
  • Monyka Berrocosa, Principal and Business Coach

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