Help Wanted: Innovative Strategies to Get Over the Hiring Slump

Workplace norms have shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic and “great resignation.” As such, employers must adapt in innovative and effective ways in order to attract quality candidates and fill open positions.

Maryland and its local governments are uniquely positioned to answer the ongoing challenges of hiring and retention with success and stability.

Help Wanted Part 1: Getting Over the Hiring Slump

In the first part of this two-part series, at the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, experts will discuss best practices for tapping into new markets of employees and rethinking “traditional” qualifications, including considering skills and lived experience over degrees and years served. Participants will be empowered to pursue innovative hiring practices to bypass workforce roadblocks and to cultivate a new pool of diverse candidates.


  • Alexis Blackwell, Director of Human Resources, Charles County
  • Walter Simmons, President and CEO, Employ Prince George’s
  • Jason Perkins-Cohen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore City
  • Janet Lane, Director of Reentry Services, Maryland Correctional Enterprises


  • The Honorable Delegate Darryl Barnes

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2022; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Help Wanted Part 2: Recipe for Retention in this panel series will focus on best practices for retaining staff. More details to come.
The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-22. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.