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Quote Roundup: Maryland’s First Lady Among Notable Speakers at UMB

First Lady Dawn Flythe Moore

First Lady Dawn Flythe Moore

“My journey from New York brought me to the University of Maryland, College Park. And it’s interesting how things can happen because when I graduated, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. And I called a friend … [who] was working for the secretary of state’s office for John Willis. And he said, ‘I’m leaving the office. Why don’t you come in and see if you can apply for this position.’ And from there, I worked in state government. And it’s so interesting because I used to work in the house that I live in now, and never thought that that would be the case.” 

First Lady Dawn Flythe Moore during UMBrella’s Women’s History Month Symposium on March 6 

UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell

UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell

“There were a lot of people who said that nobody or no business would move across MLK Boulevard into the BioPark. And now just look around. It’s become an essential part of this University, a West Campus, if you will. And it has been the enabler, the anchor for other programs that have enriched the local community. Now I know there will be doubters that we can do this. They’ll say nobody will invest in this location. I disagree with them. I’m sure that they will see the potential of this and the connection to our University and the vibrancy as a result of that.”

UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell during his May 1 State of the University speech, when he announced the University plans to develop Lexington Street into housing, shops, and research space

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay, globalization, urbanization, and innovation expert,

“In the end, Baltimore has incredible bones. And in visiting the city and having conversations about the trajectory of Baltimore, we talk a lot about the challenges it faces from a public safety standpoint, from an economic development standpoint, and obviously from a health crisis standpoint as well. But to me the No. 1 crisis of Baltimore is housing availability and affordability. If Baltimore and Maryland can solve the rising affordability issue, then it will start to unlock more and more economic opportunities, because as I said, the city has incredible bones, and incredible location, and incredible educational institutions such as UMB. But I think housing lies at the heart of its future trajectory.” 

Greg Lindsay, globalization, urbanization, and innovation expert, during the UMB President’s Panel on Politics and Policy on Feb. 22 

Fatima Goss Graves, JD

Fatima Goss Graves, JD

“Dr. King did not back down. He proclaimed that day and continued to proclaim, ‘I have a dream.’ So the question is, how in the face of violence and terror can you articulate a dream that this country had not yet realized? He was so clearly a visionary. But also I believe he was pragmatic and practical and even political. In the midst of a giant backlash on the cusp of massive and generational change, he understood that giving hope was the best strategy available. Hope is the only emotion that keeps us moving as humans, it keeps us going. Hope is motivating. It is the only fuel for our endurance in this fight for justice.” 

Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, president of the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, and co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, during her keynote speech at the UMB Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 6 

Shanna Hocking

Shanna Hocking

“There’s going to be people who tell you what’s not possible for you: you’re too late, you’re too old, you’re too young, you’re too much, you’re too something. And you know what is possible for yourself, and you know in your heart what your bold moves are. And the best advice that I can say is do not let anyone deter you from pursuing what is most important to you. Believe in what is possible for yourself and others, and then go make it happen.” 

Shanna Hocking, founder and CEO of Hocking Leadership, LLC, and author of “One Bold Move a Day: Meaningful Actions Women Can Take to Fulfill Their Leadership and Career Potential,” during UMBrella’s Women’s History Month Symposium on March 6

Tisha Edwards, JD ’01, MSW ’00

“We’ve been working, fighting, trying to do great work together for a very long time. And the campaign probably was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life. It was the place where I was most afraid professionally. And I would not ever have done that had I not done it with people I love and trust.” 

Tisha Edwards, Maryland secretary of appointments, during UMBrella’s Women’s History Month Symposium on March 6, referring to Gov. Wes Moore and First Lady Dawn Flythe Moore 

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