Morning Person: William Walker
Meet William Walker, Industrial Engineer, Future Top Chef/Northrop Grumman, and CreativeMornings/Baltimore attendee!
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What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?
My first experience with CM took place back in the summer of 2014. At the time I was a member of Treason Toting Co. and the owners Jason and Aaron were the guest speakers for the Heritage talk. It’s so memorable because it was my 1st introduction to CM, but also because we had an event the night before in order to raise funds to attend the Capsule Trade show later that month. We redesigned and set up an art gallery for the event in 24 hrs with no sleep, and the next day CM was held at the same location as our capsule event. It was my first time experiencing the awesome event! The energy and networking that morning lead to meeting a number of great relationship with people that I consider good friends.
Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.
At this time I’m a full time engineer at a government defense contractor, however my real passion comes from my time spent as a private chef and also my position as Co-founder of Bmore Hopeful Enrichment Program. Bmore Hopeful is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based program that mentors Baltimore City School students in grades 6 -8. I think the impact is amazing every time I help expose the students to the opportunities that the STEM world offers! The response from the students when we teach them how to build products and problem solve using engineering techniques is a real joy! I can honestly say that even though it expends a ton of energy to work with children, it’s also rewarding to know that they really look up to you and will listen to your guidance.
What’s something about your city that people need to know about?
I’m originally from Cleveland, OH, but Baltimore is HOME! However one of the biggest things I wish people knew about Baltimore is that it’s so much more than “The Wire!” Often I meet people from out of town and they always reference “The Wire” when I mention Baltimore and it make me cringe. Baltimore is a beautiful city that has a ton of personality! There’s an amazing scene of creative people in this city that hustle hard to make things happen. From art, to music, to food, there are a ton of entrepreneurs working to give Baltimore a better rep than what most folks hear in the news! Baltimore definitely has its things to deal with, but the love and pride this city shares makes anyone proud to claim Baltimore as HOME!
If you had unlimited money to make a documentary in a year, what would it be about?
If I had an unlimited budget I’d probably make a documentary about the life of school aged children in Baltimore. It would probably show the perspectives of students from the less fortunate schools and of those students who attend private/well off schools. Baltimore is definitely a tale of two different cities! Million dollar neighbor hoods are literally dissected by one city block. I think the life of an innocent child can help highlight the hugh differences in the “two cities” within one!
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