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COLLABORATE! 2022 Conference – Last Chance to Register!

COLLABORATE! 2022 Conference Registration is Open!COLLABORATE! 2022  is only 10 days away! If you haven’t registered yet, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on this year’s conference!

We are so excited to welcome TWO keynote speakers, former Pittsburgh Steeler, ESPN Analyst, and cancer survivor Merril Hoge, as well as the always-entertaining and insightful economist, Dr. Anirban Basu.

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Keynote Speaker: Merril Hoge

Merril Hoge is a former NFL running back and the author of Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life. Find. A. Way. Three simple words, yet when composed in a sentence, Merril Hoge has proven that these can be the most powerful words in the English language. “Find. A. Way.” helped Merril beat cancer, overcome family tragedies, triumph childhood traumas and conquer his personal demons.

A retired NFL running back and former ESPN analyst, Merril inspires audiences with his story of prevailing over life’s hurdles through strength and determination while achieving success through hard work and perseverance. He began his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, eventually joining the Chicago Bears before retiring due to post-concussion syndrome. During his tenure as an ESPN analyst and host, he was well-known for his sharp insights and knowledge of the game.

In 2003, Merril was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he fought – and beat – using the same tenacity he demonstrated on the field. He shares his moving story in his memoir Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life. Merril’s empowering message provides people with strategies to “find a way” as they pursue their own goals.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Anirban Basu

Noted economist and highly entertaining speaker Anirban Basu will provide the COLLABORATE! audience with an economic update entitled “No Time to Buy” during a general session. Dr. Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with an office in Indonesia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Dr. Basu as Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (2014-2021). He also serves as Chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves or has served in similar roles for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLP.

Dr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University of Maryland School of Law. His doctoral work was completed at UMBC with a concentration in health economics.


Click here to view the full agenda for the day, which includes detailed information on the day’s sessions.

General Sessions
Dynamic general sessions are focused on current issues that attendees face every day, and include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions & Debt Capital Markets Update from Citizens Bank
  • Legal Updates on Employment Law and Employee Benefits Update from McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Breakout Sessions
Content-rich breakout sessions are available for attendees to choose from throughout the day. Presentation titles and descriptions can be found here.

The conference fee of $150 covers registration, breakfast, lunch, and a post conference reception.

Continuing Education

  • 6.5 Continuing Professional Education Hours
  • 5.5 Continuing Legal Education Credits issued by PACLE

You can view the conference page on McKonly & Asbury’s website for more insight on the speakers and presentations as well as details on accommodations, sponsors, and more at

If you have any questions, please contact or call Hillary Daecher, Marketing Coordinator with McKonly & Asbury at (717) 972-5786.

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