Local Chapter News
Maverick Local Update
As many of you know, we’ve started our first local chapter of Maverick with Baltimore (Charm City). It’s a small, but mighty group of the Baltimore area’s top CEOs and distinguished founders ranging from multi-time Inc500 winners, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur’s of the year, firms named nation’s fastest growing companies to Baltimore Business Journal’s top list makers.
Coming up in 2015 we’re opening Maverick Capitol City in Washington DC. followed by more chapters this year.
The local chapters provide a way for Mavericks to connect, grow and make a difference on their local communities. Meetings are 1x/month with more intimate business focused round tables, impact days and unique experience days.
Maverick members getting direct feedback and insights on their biggest issues and opportunities.
If anyone can guess by this scene they win…
Charm City took to the stage at one of Baltimore’s prominent Improv theaters to learn the art of thinking on the fly. Improv is a valuable skill for leaders; even top business schools like MIT are offering a class on it.
It was a lot of fun (as you can see in this picture) but also incredibly useful. The rules for improv really work and apply for business. It was about ‘saying yes’ and agreeing. So meeting someone where they already are and then adding to whatever/wherever they are. That’s the building part. Put in your own piece and continue building on each other’s ideas. The best part is there are never mistakes – you just have to go with it and in the end you get something really cool, even if it’s 180 degrees away from where you started.
Our most recent Impact Day for Charm City was visiting the National Federation for the Blind (NFB.org) headquarters. Members were treated to an exclusive opportunity not available to the public. They got to experience what it was like to actually be blind. Mavericks learned to navigate themselves with a white cane, use a computer, read and type Braille and even serve themselves breakfast and work in the wood shop hammering nails.
Our guides were the executives from NFB – all of them were fully blind. After our experience we sat together and brainstormed with the executives about their most pressing needs and how entrepreneurial thinking can help them.
Mavericks with their green sleep masks trying to slice bagels and pour hot coffee for breakfast totally blind
If you have friends or colleagues who fit the Maverick DNA in or around the Baltimore and DC-area refer them to Ian Lingwood. (email@example.com)