January 4, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
New LGBT business group launches in Md.
Mayo A Shattuck III, CEO of Constellation Energy, gay news, gay politics dc

Mayo A. Shattuck III, CEO of Constellation Energy, will deliver the keynote address at the Maryland Corporate Council’s launch event on Jan. 19 in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Constellation Energy)

The Maryland Corporate Council, a new networking organization for LGBT business leaders and professionals, is scheduled to hold its inaugural reception on Jan. 19 at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore.

The event, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include an introduction of the group’s board of directors, an outline of its mission and upcoming events, and a keynote address by Mayo A. Shattuck III, CEO of Constellation Energy, a Baltimore-based Fortune 500 company. The event is open to the public; tickets are $25 and available at marylandcorporate.org.

Among the Maryland Corporate Council’s board members is Charles A. Berardesco, senior vice president and general counsel for Constellation Energy; Scott Marder, a partner at Duane Morris, LLP; Sophie Dagenais, senior fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Kevin Naff, co-owner and editor of the Washington Blade.

“We felt it was long overdue to have a networking group of this type,” said board member and president Ted Hart, CEO of the Columbia, Md.-based Hart Philanthropic Services Group.

“The Maryland Corporate Council is the new standard in LGBT business and corporate networking,” according to a write-up on the organization’s website. “Established as a statewide non-profit organization, and dedicated to bringing together top-level LGBT corporate executives and thought leaders for networking, business advancement, educational and charitable events,” the website says.

Further information about the group can be obtained by visiting marylandcorporate.org.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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