Maryland Black Mayors


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Date and Time Will Be Announced


Looking to be an innovative leader in your community? Then this conference is for YOU! 

BE INSPIRED TO LEAD WITH INNOVATION! Join elected officials, community activists, civic leaders and business professionals for an inspiring leadership conference that will sharpen your leadership skills in new and exciting ways. Enjoy dynamic networking, interactive workshops, and motivating plenary session speakers that will inspire you to "DISRUPT THE STATUS QUO AND GO FROM GREAT TO GREATER"!

Attendance at The Innovator Conference is completed by registration, and the attendees (we believe) are as extraordinary as the speakers! What happens when remarkable people join together in the same room? The result is unexpected connections, amazing insights, and powerful inspiration. Be sure to register today. Registration is completed once payment is received. 

The cost to attend The Innovator Conference is $99. The cost includes admission into the conference, lunch, and a swag bag. Payment can be made through the registration process. The conference will conveniently take place at The Sheraton Inn - College Park located in Beltsville, MD. 

This year’s lineup features leaders with diverse backgrounds united around their ability to lead today in view of tomorrow. Whether an elected official, entrepreneur, author, or civil leader, each speaker and workshop presenter has been trusted to teach and inspire others to be innovative leaders in their community. 

Date: TBA  |  Time: TBA  |  Sheraton - College Park









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The Honorable

Petrella Robinson 

Mayor of

North Brentwood

"Passing the Baton"

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The Honorable

Tracy Gant 

Mayor of


"This is Chess, Not Checkers"

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The Honorable

Eugene W. Grant

Mayor of

Seat Pleasant

"Smart Cities & YOU!"

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The Honorable

Lillie Thompson Martin 

Mayor of 

Fairmount Heights


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The Honorable

Johnathan Medlock 

Mayor of 

District Heights

"Mental Health"

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The Honorable

James D. Crudup

Mayor of

Eagle Harbor

"Environmental Justice"

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Marnitta L. King, Esq.

Past President of MBM

and Former Mayor

"Business, Politics, Law"

The Honorable

Shawn M. Maldon 

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Mayor of

Capitol Heights

"Millennials as Disrupters"

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The Honorable

Malinda Myles

Mayor of

Mount Rainier

"Iron Sharpens Iron"

The Honorable

Sadara Barrow

Mayor of

Colmar Manor


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Maryland Black Mayors Inc.

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African American Mayors Association



SAturday Morning


8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration at Main Hall. Continental Breakfast  available. Open Networking.

Open Plenary Session

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Remarks. Keynote Speaker. 

BREAK 10:00 am - 10:15 am
Breakout Session ONE

10:15 am - 11:00 am
Workshop Choice: Passing The Baton or 

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop Choice: STEM or Law, Politics and Business



Breakout Session TWO

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Workshop Choice: Like Me, Follow, Tweet Me or Promise Keeper

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Choice: Iron Sharpens Iron or Money-Matters

BREAK 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Breakout Session THREE

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Workshop Choice: Make Room for Stupid Business or Kidprenuers

Workshop Choice: You Look Different or Shut Up and Listen

Closing Plenary Session

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm
Keynote Speaker. Closing Remarks.

LUNCH 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us for a Mayor's Panel Discussion in main conference room, during lunch.


How do I register for The Innovator Conference?

To register, click the "Register Here" tab on the home page. If you have any difficulty with registering online, please call Conference Chair, Mayor Maldon at 301-793-1074.

How do I pay for admission?

Once you submit your registration, payment instructions will be sent to you directly. You are now able to pay for the conference online.

How can I cancel my registration? What is your refund policy?

If for some reason you need to cancel your registration, please contact Conference Chair, Mayor Maldon at 301-793-1074.

Do I need to sign up for breakout sessions ahead of time?

No. There will be two workshops to choose from at each Breakout Session. You can attend whichever one you prefer. Detailed workshop descriptions will be given to you upon registration.

Is there parking available?

Yes! There is plenty of parking available at the Sheraton (back parking lot, behind the Hotel).

When is the registration deadline?

The deadline to register for The Innovator Conference is currenlty open as a new date and time will be announced soon.

What is the dress attire?

Dress comfortably - wear what makes you look flattering. :-) Business casual is a great choice.

Can you accomodate special dietary needs?

Yes! Special dietary needs can be accomodated upon request. Please contact our adminstrative office to inform of any dietary accomodations.

Is there open or reserved seating?

The conference is open seating.

How old do you have to be to attend The Innovator Conference?

Attendees should be 16 years or older.



Questions? Need More Info?

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Conference Chair

MBM Leadership

Mayor Shawn Maldon, Capitol Heights

(301) 793-1074

Mayor Shawn Maldon, President

Capitol Heights, MD

Mayor Lillie Martin, Vice President

Fairmount Heights, MD

Mayor Malinda Miles, Secretary

Mount Rainier, MD

Mayor Sadara Barrow, Treasurer

Colmar Manor, MD

Mayor Petrella Robinson, Boardmember​

North Brentwood, MD

​Mayor Lee Walker, Baordmember

Landover Hills, MD

​Mayor Jack Sims, Baordmember

District Heights, MD