It's Back!

New Speakers
New Format
New Ideas

Everything is connected. That’s why OSI-Baltimore knows that the sticky issues we tackle are all intertwined. And these issues need smart solutions because, as a city, we’re all connected. What happens to one of us affects all of us. More opportunity for every child and adult means Baltimore can thrive and grow. Big Change Baltimore is OSI’s forum for connecting ideas—and some solutions already in place—to people who are committed to powerful change.

Big Change Baltimore Is Back!


If you care about the city, you'll want to hear about big ideas that can become realities—and be surprised by some that are already taking root.

Piper Kerman Piper

Piper Kerman is the author of Orange is the New Black, which inspired the award-winning original series for Netflix.

She currently works with Spitfire Strategies as a communications consultant. Piper serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association and she has been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners.

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Bill Keller Bill

Bill Keller, former executive editor of of the New York Times, is now editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project.

The Marshall Project is a non-profit, non-partisan news organization focused on crime and punishment in the United States. Bill joined the venture in 2014 after 30 years at The New York Times as a correspondent, editor and, most recently, as an op-ed columnist.

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Ian Haney López Ian Haney

Ian Haney López is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States.

In his most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, Ian lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.

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Freeman A. Hrabowski Freeman A.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of UMBC, is one if the nation’s most prominent educators.

He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

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Tom Hall Tom

Tom Hall (emcee) has been a dynamic force in Maryland's creative community for over 30 years as a performer, broadcaster, lecturer, writer, and educator. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for Maryland Morning and the host of Choral Arts Classics on WYPR.

Diana Morris Diana

Diana Morris (emcee), a life-long social justice advocate, has led the Open Society Institute-Baltimore since the office opened in 1998. She was recently named as one of the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs.


Reserve your seats today for Big Change Baltimore 2014!

Call the box office at 410.332.0033

Or get your tickets online below:

Purchase Tickets


  • $95 per person
  • $65 for non-profit and education staff
  • $450 for five (5) tickets

Event Info

October 27, 2014
3:00pm Doors Open
3:30pm-6:00pm Program
6:00pm-7:00pm Cocktail Reception

Center Stage
700 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

More Info?

Contact us at or call 410.234.1091

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Contact Jeffrey Burch at or call 410.234.1091

Travel Info

October 27, 2014

3:00pm Doors Open
3:30pm-6:00pm Program
6:00pm-7:00pm Cocktail Reception

Center Stage

700 North Calvert St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Center Stage Building Facade
Map of Parking Locations

Mass Transit

Find the best public transportation route to Center Stage at the MTA's website. Center Stage is just two blocks from the free Charm City Circulator's purple line.


Lots & Garages

  • Baltimore Sun Garage 209 East Monument St. $10 all day
  • PMI (under the Waterloo Apartments) 600 block of Calvert St. $10.50 a day
  • Central Parking 810 North Charles St. $10.00 a day
  • Edison ParkFast and Fallsway Park and Ride 545 North High St. $4.00 a day

Street Parking

Parking near Center Stage is a mix of metered ($2 an hour) and 2 hour neighborhood parking (Area 28). Directly across Calvert Street from Center Stage (east side only) is one block of unrestricted parking. The block directly north (east side only) is also unrestricted.


Coming in from out of town? We'd recommend the following hotels:

  • Hotel Monaco 2 North Charles St. 888.752.2636 Book Online
  • Peabody Court Hotel 2 North Charles St. 410.727.7107 Book Online

Did You Know?

While there is still much work to be done, you'll be surprised by what is already happening in our city. Did you know:

How is health insurance connected to drug addiction?

Drug Addiction continues to blight our communities, despite the fact that integrated drug treatment programs have been proven to work. The problem is that access to those programs is often out of reach for those who need it most. OSI-Baltimore and its grantees have worked diligently to ensure drug addition treatment is woven seamlessly into the Affordable Care Act and to expanding Medicaid to many more people in Baltimore. Holistic drug treatment is now more accessible than ever before.

There is still work to be done, but powerful change is happening in our city.
Be part of the conversation and connect to the power of change.

Register Today


Visionary Change Agent

  • T. Rowe Price

Courageous Change Agents

  • Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP
  • J.S. Plank and D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation
  • McGladrey
  • The Shelter Group/Brightview Senior Living

Optimistic Change Agents

  • BB&T
  • CohnReznick
  • Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
  • Law Office of Dominique S. Moore, LLC
  • Susquehanna Bank
  • Laura and Neil Tucker
  • Marilynn K. Duker and Dale McArdle
  • United Way of Central Maryland

Media Sponsor

  • WYPR 88.1FM