Diversity & Inclusion

Striving to make Diversity & Inclusion a priority for our region’s business community

The Chamber positions diversity and inclusion as critical for business maturation and growth. Our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (D&I) drives economic competitiveness and highlights diverse employee populations that are underrepresented in the region.

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Our Commitment to WorkReady

May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

For over a decade, the Chamber has been an enthusiastic employer partner for WorkReady, a citywide career readiness initiative managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network. WorkReady provides meaningful career exposure to our city’s in-school and out-of-school youth and young adults. Participants, who range from ages 14 – […]

Member Perspective: Carol de Fries

April 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Carol De Fries (Vice President, Workforce and Economic Innovation, Community College of Philadelphia) discusses concerted efforts to connect young professional talent to the C-suite.

Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool

March 8th, 2018|1 Comment

To drive economic competitiveness for our region, the Chamber has launched the Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool to gather data on how our membership supports and drives diversity and inclusion.

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

As an advocate of the regional business community, the Chamber recognizes that addressing the evolving demographic changes in our region is fundamental to the growth and sustainability of our members. Creating an inclusive environment that engages individuals reflective of the full spectrum of our region strengthens our organizations and is key to the success of Greater Philadelphia as a whole.

D&I VISION

The Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative focuses on economic competitiveness based on three key focus areas while highlighting diverse employee populations that are underrepresented in the region.

D&I FOCUS AREAS

  • Workforce: Concerted effort to recruit qualified employees from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Workplace: Adopting policies and practices that include people who have historically been absent from your organization.
  • Marketplace: More deeply involve minority-owned enterprises in the regional economy and recognize the enormous purchasing power of minority groups.

D&I COMMITTEE MEMBERS

CHAIR: Varsovia Fernandez

Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Market Leader
Customers Bank

VICE-CHAIR: Mike Pearson

President & CEO
Union Packaging, LLC

Robert Bogle

President & CEO
Philadelphia Tribune Company

Marc Coleman

President
The Tactile Group

Larry Dubinski

President & CEO
The Franklin Institute

Ric Harris

President & General Manager
NBC 10

Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes

Regional CEO
American Red Cross
Southeastern PA Chapter

Kevin R. Johnson

President & CEO
Philadelphia OIC

William Marrazzo

President & CEO
WHYY

Diane Melley

Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiative
IBM

Angelo Perryman

President & CEO
Perryman Building and Construction Services

Nick Shenoy

President
Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Nicole Tranchitella

Office Managing Director — Philadelphia Metro
Accenture LLP

Manuel Trujillo

President
Swain Techs

Rob Wonderling

President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

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Programs

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CEO ACCESS NETWORK

Drives economic opportunity through an informal network of relationships between large business CEOs and minority, LGBTQ, and women entrepreneurs.

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D&I WORKSHOPS

Illustrates that D&I is not just a moral imperative, but is crucial to enhancing business’s bottom line.

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D&I RECEPTION

Brings a national leader in the diversity and inclusion space to discuss how increased representation impacts business.

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D&I SURVEY

Captures data related to minority procurement and C-suite representation of diverse population.

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