New Details! MACo Summer Series: Partner Sessions Announced!

SS20 LogoMACo’s Summer Series begins today, July 1, and we’ve got even more content to share! As part of our 9 week virtual series, we’ll also be featuring educational content from our valued Corporate Partners and Endorsement Partners!

Our Corporate Partners and Endorsement Partners are experts in their fields, and through them we’ll learn best practices and hear first hand experiences on an array of topics, from COVID-19’s impact on local government, to telehealth, to budget stabilization, and more.

The following schedule features content from our participating partners. Session details will be updated as they become available.

MACo Summer Series – Partner Session Schedule

Friday, July 10, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by American Fidelity

Industry Insight: 5 Key Principles That Make A Good Employee Benefits Program GREAT!

In this session, you’ll learn from an industry expert who has worked with hundreds of employers across the country to help them evaluate costing solutions, as well as increase their overall benefit program’s value from the employee’s perspective. Gain insight about what common practices are shared by employers who have excelled in benefits administration and employee engagement.  Take a deep dive into methodologies, practices, and communication that have moved all of these employer’s benefit programs from good…to GREAT. 

Speaker: Dave Dunlap, Markets Manager, Eastern Region, American Fidelity (A MACo Endorsement Partner)

Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 12:30 PM – a session hosted by LGIT

Local Government Insurance Trust: Protecting Maryland’s Counties, Cities, and Towns

LGIT’s Executive Director Tim Ailsworth will give a live overview of insurance products and services for FY21, covering information concerning insurance rates, member credits and other valuable information for our members. LGIT offers a wide range of protections including but not limited to: cyber coverage, public officials liability, auto and property liability, and environmental impairment liability. LGIT will also review their proposed law enforcement trainings for FY21.


  • Tim Ailsworth, Executive Director of LGIT (A MACo Platinum Corporate Partner)

Friday, July 17, 2020 |12:30 PM – hosted by MD-DE-DC Beverage Association

Environmental Social Governance (ESG): An Overview of Key Trends, How it’s Shifting into the Government, and It’s Impact on Local Counties’ Budgets

The U.S. continues to witness an ever growing focus and commitment to Environmental Social Governance (ESG). Companies are integrating ESG programs into core business strategy to strengthen their brand, financial performance and social license to operate. Notably, the ESG paradigm shift is now making its way to the public realm, both federal and state. State and local governments are beginning to implement their own ESG initiatives and priorities—they are linking ESG’s ‘return on investment’ (ROI) back to cities and counties, specifically how ESG impacts the city’s investment priorities, return on investment, and strategic decision making. 


  • Alanna Fishman, Cornerstone Government Affairs Vice President
  • Bernie Marczyk, Cornerstone Government Affairs Principal
  • Nancy Kopp, Maryland’s State Treasurer

Friday, July 24, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by Motorola Solutions

Technology Deployment to Combat COVID-19

Motorola Solutions offers jurisdictions the ability to monitor social distancing, face mask detection, and contact tracing through our Avigilon Suite of products. These capabilities and features can be deployed by a multitude of agencies from public safety to education. Learn about the helpful resources on quickly deployable products and solutions to help get your team communicating across response efforts and business operations.

  • Michael McDonald, Industry Specialist, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Mike Biggs, Director of Government Video Solutions, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Friday, July 31, 2020 | 12:30 PM – a session hosted by Cigna

The Future of Telehealth

The benefits of virtual care during a pandemic are obvious.  But what about when things go back to “normal”?  Will virtual care still be at the forefront of people’s minds for their medical needs?  If you are looking at cost and convenience, the answer should be yes and not just for basic medical care.  When you employ those who are not comfortable being seen in the office for behavioral health concerns, virtual sessions can be a lifesaver.  Join us as we discuss these topics and look at how going virtual can save both time and money for you and your employees.


  • Dr. Christina Stasiuk, Mid-Atlantic Medical Executive, Cigna 
  • Sandra Shaklan, LCSW-C, Behavioral Clinical Account Manager, Cigna

Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by Moser Consulting

Developing a Data & Analytics Strategy

An effectively designed and well implemented data and analytics strategy can help local governments improve their core business systems, reduce risk, and secure sensitive data, among other benefits. After scores of engagements and clients, spanning multiple technical solutions, Moser is helping its clients do exactly that. In this session, learn about the four foundations of a data and analytics strategy. Each strategy and foundation will cover the Why, How and What questions to help guide local governments toward building data and analytics in a mature and functional method that is sure to produce results.

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by Northeast Maglev

The Future of Transportation is Approaching at 311 MPH

Now more than ever, investment in infrastructure projects is the key to economic recovery in the state and in the region. Northeast Maglev’s development of the superconducting maglev (SCMAGLEV) system connecting Washington, DC and Baltimore with an intermediate stop at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a large scale project poised to employ thousands, boost productivity, and strengthen Maryland’s economy. Ultimately, the proven technology will provide more efficient and environmentally sound transportation, connecting major cities and airports along the Northeast Corridor, in minutes. The SCMAGLEV will transform the way that we travel, work, and live, while connecting thousands of regional workers to jobs.


August 13, 2020 | 12:30  – hosted by UnitedHealthcare

The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Government and K-12 Education

COVID-19 is pressuring local and state government finances. Interdependencies between state, local and education funding is likely to limit K-12 budgets. The public sector, school district staffing, and benefits will be impacted by the economic downturn. UnitedHealthcare will examine the impact in different regions and school districts and discuss how localities may respond to budgetary changes. 

  • Sally Kim, Consultant, Advisory Board

Friday, August 14, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by Kaiser Permanente

The Impact of COVID-19 on Social and Mental Health

Kaiser Permanente will explore the impact of COVID-19 on employee mental health and wellness. You’ll learn what to expect and get information on how to navigate this global crisis. We’ll cover the impacts of the crisis on social needs and mental health, highlight Kaiser Permanente’s role in supporting the community, and offer practical tips on how you can support the needs of your workforce.

  • Dr. Sos A. Mboijana, Internal Medicine, Assistant Physician in Chief, Capitol Planning and Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 12:30 PM hosted by NORESCO

Strategies for Budget Stabilization and Recovery

COVID-19 has forced us all to reevaluate priorities and take a closer look at resources. The Budget Stabilization session will offer key ways to assess, prioritize, and implement effective measures that result in a more stabilized budget and clear insights. Join NORESCO’s Cherise Seals for this enlightening session.

Friday, August 21, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by LGITHealth

Navigating a New Era of Healthcare 

Maintaining our mental and physical health with routine visits is just as important as ever during COVID-19, but how has the healthcare system changed? In this prerecorded session, ConnectCare3’s Nurse Navigators Amanda Christel and Jean Good discuss changes to expect as we resume seeking routine medical care, and best practices to prevent future illness. ConnectCare3 is a service included in the LGIT Health Cooperative.
  • Amanda Christel, BSN, RN, Nurse Navigator, ConnectCare3
  • Jean Good, BSN, RN, Nurse Navigator, ConnectCare3


Friday, August 28, 2020 | 12:30 PM – hosted by Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Tax Efficient Retirement Income

The Tax-efficient Retirement Income program provides insight into how taxes can impact retirement income plans. This program provides insights into consumer concerns and the help they want to create sustainable retirement income through a better understanding of tax-flexibility, tax bracket placement and combinations of income and sequencing strategies.


  • Roberta Eckert, Vice President of Nationwide Retirement Institute (A MACo Platinum Corporate Partner)

MACo’s Summer Series is a 9-week online learning opportunity that will provide open dialogue and resources as we all navigate these uncertain times. The series will be free to MACo Members, thanks to the generosity of MACo’s Corporate Partners.

Visit MACo’s Summer Series page to register today!