219th Annual Meeting

Each year, at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, we take a moment to look back at our accomplishments before we look ahead to the exciting new things to come. Almost 1,600 business and civic leaders gathered on October 11 to hear from Chamber leadership including Chamber Board of Directors Chair Daniel J. Hilferty, CEO of Independence Health Group, and the Chamber’s President & CEO Rob Wonderling.

Wonderling underscored the role of our members in the efforts of our region’s business and civic community to create jobs, prosperity, and inclusive growth for Greater Philadelphia. Wonderling highlighted recent work the Chamber has undertaken around measuring the impact of our member’s philanthropic efforts and how our PHL Neighborhood Growth Project is working towards inclusive growth and good jobs, education and workforce modernization, safe and healthy neighborhoods, and putting people first at city hall.

Hilferty went on to outline the three key priorities for the Chamber to help support innovation, encourage inclusive growth and become a world-class city and region:

  1. Champion economic growth across the Commonwealth – A modern, statewide growth agenda calls for collaboration from all corners of the Commonwealth. The Grow PA initiative is catalyzing big ideas across the state around infrastructure, health care innovation, and higher education.
  2. Make Philadelphia the model of the 21st-century, inclusive American city – Our best ideas for growth must reduce poverty and increase opportunity in every neighborhood for every person. Our PHL Neighborhood Growth Project is working towards this goal through engagement with neighborhood businesses and civic organizations and connecting these leaders to City Hall.
  3. Become the Silicon Valley of Health Care – The life sciences assets in this region should put us out in front of the field not just nationally, but globally. We’ll do this through telling the story of our region’s cutting-edge work in cell & gene therapy and connected health.

The program concluded with an interview between Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson, and D’Arcy F. Rudnay, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Comcast NBCUniversal. Gorsky discussed his career path, living and working in Greater Philadelphia, and the region’s prospects to become a top hub for health care innovation. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #GoodBizPHL.

New Board Members

The Chamber also officially welcomed new members to our Board of Directors and Executive Committee at our Oct. 11 event:

MONICA ALLEN

Villanova University

CHETAN BAGGA

Archetype Solutions Group

KEITH BETHEL

Aramark

STEVEN S. BRADLEY

Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc.

VALERIE CAMILLO

Comcast Spectacor

ELIZABETH DALE, ED.D.

Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

DAVID DELIZZA

Pennoni

GEOFF GORDON

Live Nation Entertainment

JEFF GUARACINO

VISIT PHILADELPHIA

LAWRENCE JAMES

Connexus Technology

JOSEPH KIRK

Wells Fargo

PAUL LEMMO

Lockheed Martin

RODGER LEVENSON

WSFS Bank

TREVOR PRITCHETT

Yards Brewing Company

SUZANNE SVIZENY

OceanFirst Bank N.A.

CRAIG E. WHITE

Philadelphia Gas Works

New Executive Committee Members

NICK BAYER

Saxbys

JULIE COKER GRAHAM

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

MICHAEL A. INNOCENZO

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

SUSAN LONERGAN

Fulton Bank, NA

SHARMAIN MATLOCK-TURNER

Urban Affairs Coalition