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Breakout Sessions

  • Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 10 Avenue Of The Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102 (map)

10:15 - 11 a.m.

Supplier Diversity

Moderated by: Gerald A. Fernandez, President & Founder of The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

Panel Introduction by: Bill Hooker, President, SourceOne Innovations, Inc.


This session will deliberate Supplier Diversity in Hospitality proactive business programs encouraging the use of minority, women veteran, LGBT, service disabled veteran owned, historically underutilized business, and SBA-defined small business vendors as suppliers. Supplier diversity programs recognize sourcing products and services helps to sustain and progressively transform a company’s supply chain.

10:15 - 11 a.m.

Women Leadership & Board Governance

Moderated by: Terri Easter, Principal of T.H. Easter Consulting Group LLC

Panel Introduction by: Teddie Malangwasira, Scholar, Leadership Speaker & Author; Malangwasira Leadership Consulting


Today’s business and social environment requires bold steps forward, especially for companies and organizations looking to change the paradigms of business. We need to overcome the barriers to creating organizational boards that better reflect the diversity of our society. The proportion of women and people of color represented is a disappointing missed opportunity for the organization to model how to operate in an awake, inclusive fashion.

11:15 - 12 p.m.

Talent Pipeline

Moderated by: Jameel Rush, Philadelphia Chapter President of the Society for Human Resource Management

Panel Introduction by: Christopher E. Lopez, Sr., Diversity Contact Recruiter, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources


  • Marlinda Henry, President of National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

Organizations and educational institutions are partnering to align education and training with the jobs of today and tomorrow. But, how common is this practice? What works? And what are the plans for the future? In this Talent Pipeline session, we explore how companies are recruiting and can partner with universities to secure their talent pipelines.

11:15 - 12 p.m.

Diversity in Healthcare

Moderated by: John Clayton, Director of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives of Independence Blue Cross

Panel Introduction by: Bridgett Battles, Project Manager for the Office of Enterprise Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health


  • Millicent Gorham, Executive Director of National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

  • Ky’a Jackson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, AmeriHealth Caritas

  • Dana Beckton, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Christian Care Health Systems

Today it is vital to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for ethnic, racial and economic minorities.  Join us as we discuss why Cultural competence is required by healthcare professional to provide optimal care and services to patients from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

11:15 - 12 p.m.

Benchmarking Best Practices: Diversity & Inclusion

Moderated by: Michael Days, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion of Philadelphia Inquirer

Panel Introduction by: Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr,  Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Office of Mayor Jim Kenney; City of Philadelphia


This session will present “Benchmarking Best Practices” in Hospitality highlighting the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests or best practices from other companies.

11:15 - 12 p.m.

Diversity in Tech

The Tech Sector has a Diversity Problem, an industry driven by innovation and finding solutions, why therefore is this still an issue in the 21st Century? Join us as we discuss the business case for diversity and inclusion, and how to implement strategies and achieve success.

Moderated by: Kiera Smalls, Executive Director of Philly Startup Leaders

Panel Introduction by: Tyrone Dixon, CEO and Founder, Let's Live Philly


Earlier Event: March 26
Later Event: March 26
Closing Luncheon