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Making the Glass Ceiling Irrelevant

Toby Bozzuto '92 and The Bozzuto group have partnered with CREW and other leaders in the commercial real estate industry to publish Diversity: The Business Advantage; Best Practices for Gender Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate. Toby's contribution, A Glass Ceiling is Irrelevant Here, details lessons learned from an organization whose gender balance nears 50/50, well ahead of industry averages. Read the white paper here.

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Aging 2.0

Jake Tunney '08 received a special award at the Aging 2.0 Optimize Conference for his leadership of the Baltimore Aging 2.0 chapter, singled out for recognition from among the 50 chapters worldwide.

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High Roller

David Norton '86 has just published his first book, The High Roller Experience, about marketing, big data and organizational dynamics. The former CMO of Caesars Entertainment shares his insider's knowledge about how companies are using data to shape the customer experience. Order your copy here.

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Ravens HS Coach of the Week

Tim Holley '77 has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week following the 24-21 Gilman-McDonogh game. Coach Holley received a $2,000 donation to the Gilman football program and an award from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In addition, he will attend the Ravens-Colts game at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 23 for an opportunity to be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year. Earlier in the season, the Baltimore Football Club named Holley Coach of the Week, following the Greyhounds' 35-28 win over Calvert Hall.

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Player-Coach Reunion

Getting ready for Saturday's Gilman-McDonogh game: William Cabel Bruce, Jr. Award winners Cyrus Jones '12, Sherm Bristow '67, and Darius Jennings '11. Sherm, longtime athletics director and head football coach, was an assistant coach of Cyrus and Darius during their Gilman football-playing days.

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A Simply Smashing Hit

The feature film Sylvio, about "an ordinary gorilla just trying to live a simple life," written and co-directed by Albert Birney '00, will begin a weeklong run at the newly renovated Parkway Theatre on October 27. The film is based on Albert's Vine account, Simply Sylvio, which attracted half a million followers. The movie has earned rave reviews. The New Yorker called it an "exquisite yet uproarious fantasy." Visit Albert's website to learn more about his work as an artist and filmmaker.

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Bestselling Author at 100

Few authors have a hit book 15 years after their death. Walter Lord '35 is among them. Lord's book The Miracle of Dunkirk, published in 1982, has experienced a resurgence of interest with the recent release of the movie Dunkirk. One of Lord's most famous books is, A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic. He served as a consultant to James Cameron during the filming of the 1997 film Titanic. Lord's fascination with the Titanic began in childhood. At Gilman, he delivered his senior speech on the topic.

In celebration of his 100th birthday this week, Archivist Johanna Schein presented a Middle School assembly about Walter Lord. Following the assembly, boys enjoyed a special treat: Kona Ice.

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US Squash Scholar Athlete

US Squash recently announced the recipients of their 2016-2017 Scholar Athlete Awards. Brad Levin '17 was one of four Gilman squash players to receive the award, which is given to high school student athletes who achieve a GPA of 3.5 in school and participate in at least four US Squash-accredited events. Brad, who is now a freshman at MIT, was recognized as a Scholar Athlete all four years of Upper School.

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For Subscribers Only

The Baltimore Business Journal published two articles featuring Gilman alumni.

Benjamin Griswold IV '58 is featured in article about his plans to revitalize the former Alex. Brown headquarters on Baltimore Street, which he hopes will give the city's central business district a boost. Plans are to convert the building into a restaurant, fittingly named Alexander Brown. Subscribers may read the article here.

Emo Umoh '04 of Global Media Solutions traveled to post-Maria Puerto Rico to survey damage by air to try to help nonprofits and insurance companies help island residents. He traveled at the request of a client, Global Outreach Doctors. Subscribers may read the article here.

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Hey, Mr. Downs!

Former English and Drama teacher Jerry Downs (center) met with two of his former rascals seventh grade students, Woody Woodward (left) and Randy Barker.

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Sold!

Del Schmidt '99 is now a vice president at the newly formed O'Conor, Mooney & Fitzgerald, a merger between two well-established local residential real estate firms, Chase Fitzgerald & Co. and O'Conor & Mooney. Schmidt's great-grandmother founded Chase Fitzgerald. Del talks about it in this Baltimore Business Journal article.

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Exploring Maryland's Social Landscape

An exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society will pair the work of David Brewster '79 with objects from the MdHS collection. David's commissioned works focus on challenging and complex themes like gender, race, urban decay, suburban sprawl, environmental conditions, and the political. Learn more about David's work on his website. An opening reception will take place at MdHS on October 12.

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C'Ville Support

Metro Nashville Public Schools features Chad Prather '98 for his support of Charlottesville and Metro School students.

A tenth grade world studies teacher at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, a UVA grad, and a former teacher at Charlottesville High School, Chad was able to arrange a joint performance of Pearl-Cohn and Charlottesville orchestra students following the violent Charlottesville protests.

"Together, as members of a larger community, we can confront the broader hardships of our society. In this way, teaching is a mechanism by which students can be empowered to act significantly for the betterment of the world around them," he says.

Read the article on the MNPS website.

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Talent Does Not Discriminate

"Companies that ... foster diverse senior leadership teams will create tangible examples for others to aspire to both internally and externally," says Toby Bozzuto '92 in his article on HuffPost on the importance of all types of diversity in the workplace.

Toby has joined Kevin Plank, William J. Stromberg, Freeman Hrabowksi and other exectives in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. The Baltimore Sun explains the initiative in this article.

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