At the Chamber, we make diversity and inclusion a top priority for the business community. Building off of the success of our Diversity & Inclusion initiative, we are proud to have delivered high-quality content through programs and resources that highlight the value of underrepresented populations in our region.
1. Released Evaluating Equity: A Study of Diversity and Inclusion in Greater Philadelphia’s Business Community
This publication summarizes survey results from our 11-county membership and comprises information on our members’ best diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices regarding underrepresented populations (people with disabilities, LGBTQ community, racial and ethnic minorities, and women).
2. Completed another cohort year of CEO Access Network
CEO Access Network matches C-suite, established executives from Chamber member companies with small business owners from underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia business community in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents. Partners share advice and counsel, as well as networking and business development opportunities.
Congratulations to this year’s cohort of partners. Applications are now open for 2019 – 2020.
Our own Shawnna Williams welcomes c-suite executives and small business owners to the final CEO Access gathering of the program year, followed by @foxschool’s Wayne Williams who shares resources for growing your business #DiversityPHL pic.twitter.com/Y32h3B09fK
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) May 30, 2019
3. Hosted conversations about bolstering inclusive business practices
Purposeful Inclusion: How Diverse Teams Enhance Group Dynamics
November 20, 2018
The program kicked off with Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10 and Telemundo 62, teasing the survey results from our Evaluating Equity report.
Khalil Smith, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Practice, NeuroLeadership Institute, delivered a keynote presentation detailing how group dynamics are impacted by increased diversity through the lens of social science.
Afterwards, Smith and a panel of experts discussed how to ensure equitable inclusion across the workforce, workplace, and marketplace.
- Fran Coady, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Day & Zimmermann
- Stephanie Creary, PhD, Assistant Professor, Management, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
- Sudhir Kondisetty, Principal, Risk Advisory Services, RSM US, LLP
- Khalil Smith, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Practice, NeuroLeadership Institute
- Moderated by: Varsovia Fernandez, Philadelphia Market Executive, Customers Bank
- Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10 and Telemundo62
.@khalilsmith_ explains what companies should be striving for: optimal, thoughtful #inclusion. Right level of inclusion and speed of execution. That way we’re not over- or -under including anyone, while also maintaining the right level of efficiency #DiversityPHL pic.twitter.com/OV9llK3mZV
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) November 20, 2018
Implementing a Supplier Diversity Program
February 22, 2019
Panelists discussed where to source vendors, while also providing takeaways on how to create a successful supplier diversity system.
- Chad Goodwin, Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas
- Peter Kiriacoulacos, Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Comcast
- Heseung Song, President & CEO, Mighty Engine
- Elizabeth Walsh, President, Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA, DE, and South NJ
- Moderated by: Michael Pearson, President & CEO, Union Packaging LLC
“It’s hard, but it’s important to walk the walk … our suppliers & vendors are very reflective of the community we serve.” — Heseung Song, President & CEO, @themightyengine, on following through on promises to fulfill supplier diversity #DiversityPHL
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) February 22, 2019
Leveraging Diversity of Thought
April 12, 2019
Made up of the experiences of various demographics (age, ability, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), diversity of thought is one compelling outcome of having diverse teams. Panelists explored how to define, implement, and embrace diversity of thought.
- Matthew Aaron, President & CEO, Special Olympics of Pennsylvania
- Peter Jones, Director, Enterprise Learning and Development, Independence Blue Cross
- Barbara Rittinger Rigo, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
- Moderated by: Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO, The Hughes Group LLC
Diversity of thought does not necessarily create a diverse and inclusive environment. Even if your team looks outwardly diverse, they might have similar backgrounds and think the same. The challenge is to balance both, says Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes. #DiversityPHL pic.twitter.com/zIcQLIXHi5
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) April 12, 2019
Developing Diverse Talent
June 13, 2019
Panelists detailed how to create and adjust policies that mitigate inequities and provide tangible solutions that keep diverse talent engaged.
- Melissa Draganac-Hawk, Director of Student Affairs, Philadelphia School for the Deaf
- Sugeily Peña, Director, Talent and Operations, Allen & Gerritsen
- Krishna Powell, CEO, HR 4 Your Small Biz
- Jennifer Schulte, Vice President, Human Resources, Lavazza Professional
- Moderated by: Megan Townsend, Director, Women in Technology, PwC
Many organizations struggle to realize their D&I goals. 42% of survey respondents believe diversity is a barrier to progression at their organizations. Which shows we need to think differently of D&I, says @PwCUS’s Megan Townsend. #DiversityPHL https://t.co/m27IMDGDu4
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) June 13, 2019
Enhancing Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector
June 19, 2019
For nonprofits, diversity helps connect to the community, stay in tune with policy and cultural changes, and effectively recruit other diverse board members, donors, and volunteers. Panelists shared effective ways that organizations can increase and cultivate a diverse and inclusive leadership, board, and environment.
- Diane King, Director of Transportation Consulting and Compliance, Milligan & Company, LLC
- Claire Lomax, CEO, Lomax Family Foundation
- Michael Norris, Chief Strategy Officer, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
- Sulaiman Rahman, President & CEO, DiverseForce
- Moderated by: Judilee Reed, Program Director, Creative Communities, William Penn Foundation
- Roberta Johnson, Vice President of Audience Engagement, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
- Michael Norris, Chief Strategy Officer, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
“Whether or not you’re a nonprofit it’s your resources that help you grow.” @MilliganandCo’s Diane King urges for-profit and nonprofit organizations to welcome people of various different backgrounds to expose you to new perspectives. #GoodBizPHL #DiversityPHL
— Chamber for Gtr PHL (@ChamberPHL) June 19, 2019
4. Convened D&I and HR professionals for key conversations at exclusive roundtables
After gathering D&I and HR professionals around key topics on the workplace, workforce, and marketplace, we presented findings from these meetings at an exclusive C-suite roundtable. There, regional business leaders discussed how to foster more inclusive environments within their own organizations.
5. Emphasized the importance of workforce diversity
At the AL DÍA Philadelphia Diverse City Career Fair 2019, our Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator Shawnna Williams joined a panel of experts to discuss how employers need to leverage our region’s diverse talent to cultivate an inclusive workforce.
“If you don’t have diversity and inclusion — if you’re not practicing inclusion, more importantly — your business is not going to survive.” — Shawnna Williams, Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion
Advancing Workplace Inclusion with C- Suite Leadership
September 26, 2019
Join us for this coming year’s kick-off of our D&I series, where we’ll convene D&I and HR professionals to explore how to ideate seamless integrations of D&I and business strategies with C-Suite leadership that maximize the bottom line while also cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
Our Diversity & Inclusion initiative
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.