Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Striving to make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a priority for our region’s business community

The Chamber positions diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical for business maturation and growth. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative (DEI) drives economic competitiveness, highlights diverse employee populations, and promotes inclusive growth throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.


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A Message from Our President & CEO

June 18th, 2020|0 Comments

A message from the Chamber’s President & CEO Rob Wonderling to our members.

Dear Friends,

Last Monday, nearly 200 diverse leaders of our region’s business and civic community announced efforts to work towards economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for greater social justice.

Working with government and across […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

The Chamber, in both its values and practices, is committed to inclusion and excellence in the management of all diverse people irrespective of differences. This means that there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of this Chamber on the basis of economic position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. We recognize that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decisionmaking. We believe inclusiveness is a fundamental principle of every organization that enhances its ability to respond more effectively to changing demographics and needs. We affirm our commitment to reflecting the diversity of the Greater Philadelphia region and the members of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.


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


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


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 and equitable 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.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is responsible for providing advice and support for the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives to augment member retention and recruitment strategies and provide advice and assistance with respect to the continued evolution of the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion standards.

CHAIR: Marc Coleman

The Tactile Group

Nolan Atkinson

Chief Diversity Officer
City of Philadelphia

Robert Bogle

President & CEO
Philadelphia Tribune Company

Steve Bradley

President and Founder, African American Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman
Bradley & Bradley Associates

Larry Dubinski

President & CEO
The Franklin Institute

Harold Epps

Commerce Director
City of Philadelphia

Michael Gerber

Executive Vice President, Administration & Public Affairs
FS Investments

Peter Gonzales

President & CEO
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Fran Griesing

Managing Member
Griesing Law, LLC

Ric Harris

President & General Manager
NBC 10

Brad Messinger

Greater Philadelphia Marekt Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Angelo Perryman

President & CEO
Perryman Building and Construction Services

Siobhan Riordan

President and Director
The Free Library of Philadelphia

James Sanders

Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Lending
Customers Bank

Narasimha Shenoy

Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Kate Shields

Vault Communications

Joan Waters

Chief Executive Officer
COFCO Office Furnishings

Rob Wonderling

President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia



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The CEO Access Network was launched as a means to continue diversifying the Chamber’s leadership and membership, advance minority businesses, and improve economic conditions in our city and region. Established C-suite Executives, many of whom are on the Chamber’s Board and Executive Committee, are matched with diverse (people with disabilities, LGBTQ, minorities, veterans, and women) small business leaders (owners, founders, or presidents) to build relationships, offer counsel, and provide networking and business development opportunities. Learn more ›

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Initiated in 2008, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Diversity, Equity& Inclusion initiative (DEI) is designed to offer practical strategies to position diversity at the centerpiece of business’ strategy for growth in three target areas: workplace, workforce, and marketplace. Using this framework the programming addresses how diversity is fueling greater innovation and economic competitiveness in the region and how equity and inclusion can enable organizations to reap the benefits of this potential. Made up of four programs, each has a featured speaker or high-level panel discussion about a key topic in the DEI landscape.

DEI Roundtables


Since 2018, the Chamber’s DEI Initiative offers intimate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtables for Chamber Member HR and DEI professionals to confidentially discuss workforce, workplace, and marketplace best practices and challenges in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations.

Research, Resources, and Publications

Evaluating Equity report

Evaluating Equity: A Study of Diversity and Inclusion in Greater Philadelphia’s Business Community

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