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Breakfast & General Session

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

8-8:20 a.m.



8:20-10 a.m.

General Session


Master of CeremonyJonathan Lovitz, Senior Vice President of National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Sponsor Remarks: Stephanie Boyd, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Pennsylvania Convention Center

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

D&I Research Study: Elizabeth Barber, PhD, CHEAssociate Professor & Executive Director of Business Development and Partnerships, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Speaker Introduction: Andréa Richardson, Director of Multicultural & Diversity Engagement, Hilton

Opening Speaker: Justin G. Nelson, Co-Founder and President of National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

CEO Roundtable


Rapidly shifting local and national demographics, as well as continued globalization, mean that organizations must embrace diversity and inclusion not only as a means to enhance business performance but also as an enabler of innovation and collaboration.

 Businesses must make diversity a priority in practice, not just a promise. While there has been significant progress, organizations must do more to ensure everyone is able to achieve their dreams and potential.

 Hear from national business leaders, from the private and public sectors, fostering a positive and productive workplace.  Although advancement has been achieved, as leaders it is imperative diversity and inclusion are more than goals to strive for – it’s smart business.

Moderator: Sophia Lee, Partner & Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Blank Rome


  • Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destinations International

  • Nina Vaca, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Pinnacle Group

  • Angel Montesdeoca, Product Manager of AI Technology, IBM & Chairman of IBM's Generation Next

  • Anu Saxena, Senior Vice President & Global Head, Hilton Supply Management

Sponsored by:

Earlier Event: March 25
Afterglow Reception
Later Event: March 26