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Fall 2016 Kick-Off of Diversity & Inclusion Series

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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The Chamber recognizes that diversity is an invaluable element of sustained business maturation and innovation. The Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives operate in a framework centered on economic competitiveness and based upon three key focus areas the (workforce, workplace, and marketplace), while highlighting diverse employee populations that are historically unrepresented in the region.

With this in mind, the Chamber is excited to present this year’s Diversity & Inclusion series:

CEO Access Network

The purpose of the CEO Access Network (Network) is to create an informal network of relationships between large business CEO’s and minority entrepreneurs in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for urban businesses and residents. The Network is comprised of large-business CEOs who are paired with minority CEOs to share advice and counsel, as well as, networking and business development opportunities. In its fourth year, the Network consists of 14 small business partners, each paired with a large business partner:

Small Business Partners

Jude Arijaje, Minuteman Press
Pamela Fly, P.A. Fly Contracting
Peggy Gionta, Partners’ Consulting
Venita Hill, Up Hill Marketing
Antoinette Johnson, At Media
LeRoy Jones, GSI Health
Tracy Levesque, Yikes! Media
David Mason, David Mason and Associates
Oswaldo Quintero, Jigsaw Exterminating
Shaunak Roy, Yellow Dig
Shalimar Thomas, North Broad Renaissance
Michael Tolassi, Agio Brand Solutions
Zachary Wilcha, Independence Business Alliance
Meg Wise, Smith Memorial Playground

Title Sponsor:


Diversity & Inclusion Series

This program series is designed to offer practical strategies to position diversity at the centerpiece of your business’s plans for growth in three target areas: workforce, workplace, and marketplace. Using this framework we’ll address how diversity is fueling greater innovation and economic competiveness in the region and how inclusion can enable organizations to reap the benefits of this potential.


Upcoming Program:

Transforming the Boardroom
Wednesday, November 30
8:00 – 10:00 am
Mars Drinks Conference Center at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Learn more »»

Title Sponsor:

Customers Bank

University of Pennsylvania

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

We’re grateful for the support of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee:

Chair: Varsovia Fernandez, Customers Bank
Vice-Chair: Mike Pearson, Union Packaging, LLC
Nolan Atkinson, City of Philadelphia
Robert Bogle, Philadelphia Tribune Company
Harold Epps, City of Philadelphia
Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, American Red Cross-Southeastern PA Chapter
Kevin R. Johnson, Philadelphia OIC
Angelo Perryman, Perryman Building and Construction Services
Nick Shenoy, Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Rob Wonderling, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

See what people had to say on Twitter about last year’s programs. Find more using #DiversityPHL:

Learn more about the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion practices »»

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