14th Annual MD Works Employment Awards Luncheon: The Breaking Barriers Masquerade

Maryland Works' Annual Employment Awards Luncheon has become Maryland's premier event to recognize and celebrate the employment and entrepreneurial achievements of people with disabilities. The event also emphasizes the importance of a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

This year's event will be held on Monday, October 30th, at a new venue, MD Live! Casino & Hotel. Last year was the first time the event was held since 2019 and it was attended by more than 300 people from all over the state.


In October we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As community service providers and workforce professionals it is imperative that we focus our efforts on being truly inclusive and providing opportunities to all. The Employment Awards Luncheon not only provides an opportunity to celebrate successes achieved through our collective efforts; it also raises awareness to the barriers faced by individuals with a disability and sets the stage for future workforce efforts. This year's event, themed "The Breaking Barriers Masquerade", will highlight individuals and organizations that have done an exceptional job of overcoming and conquering obstacles in the areas of employment and self-sufficiency.

Great strides have been achieved in workforce conditions and business ownership opportunities among people with disabilities, but we still have much work to do. People with disabilities continue to experience some of the highest levels of inequity, which lead to unemployment and underemployment. So, to that point join us at MD LIVE! with your best business attire and masquerade mask on October 30. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!

Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller

Register For The 14th Annual Awards Luncheon

October 30, 2023
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

Morning Check-in: 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Luncheon Check-in: 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Awards Luncheon: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker
Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller

We are thrilled to announce that Lt. Governor Aruna Miller will be the keynote speaker at this year's MD Works Employment Awards on October 30th!

Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller is the second woman to serve in this role, and the first woman of color and immigrant elected to statewide office in Maryland.

Born in India, Lieutenant Governor Miller and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Lt. Governor Miller has devoted her life to public service and removing systemic barriers to opportunity. Join us and Lieutenant Governor Miller as we recognize the incredible achievements of our community in the field of employment and honor those who have made a difference.

This project is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the financial assistance award totaling $1,258,085 with 100% funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.