The Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative positions diversity as an invaluable element for business maturation and growth and strives to make D&I a priority for our region’s entire business community. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished this year to further this goal:

Executed four CEO Access Network breakfasts

CEO Access Network creates an informal network of relationships between large business CEOs and minority, LGBTQ, and women entrepreneurs in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for urban businesses and residents. This year, the Chamber cultivated 14 large business and minority partnerships:

Large Business Partners:
Tim Abell, President, Firstrust Bank
Anthony Campisi, President & CEO, Annodyne, Inc.
Varsovia Fernandez, Senior Vice President & Philadelphia Market Leader, Customers Bank
John A. Fry, President, Drexel University
John Grady, President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Susan Jacobson, President, Jacobson Strategic Communications
David H. Lipson, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Philadelphia Magazine; MetroCorp
Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition
Scott Mirkin, President, ESM Productions
Siobhan A. Reardon, President & Director, The Free Library of Philadelphia
Tim Reeves, Principal, Allen & Gerritsen
Molly D. Shepard, President & CEO, The Leader’s Edge
Joan Waters, CEO, COFCO Office Furnishings
Rob Wonderling, President & CEO, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Minority Partners:
Jude Arijaje, CEO, Minuteman Press
Pamela Fly, CEO/Founder, P.A. Fly Contracting
Peggy Gionta, Principal, Partner’s Consulting, Inc.
Venita Hill, Founder/CEO, Up Hill Marketing
Antoinette Marie Johnson, CEO, At Media
LeRoy Jones, President & CEO, GSI Health
Tracy Levesque, Co-President, YIKES, Inc.
David Mason, President & CEO, David Mason & Associates
Oswaldo Quintero, CEO, Jigsaw Pest Control
Shaunak Roy, CEO, Yellowdig
Shalimar Thomas, Executive Director, North Broad Renaissance
Michael Tolassi, President & CEO, Agio Brand Solutions
Zachary Wilcha, Executive Director, Independence Business Alliance
Meg Wise, Executive Director, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

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Hosted three conversations around the benefits of diversifying key business areas

Beyond being a moral imperative, the Chamber illustrated why divers