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Speakers

Speakers and Panelists

Current confirmed Speakers – check back for additions regularly


JULIE COKER GRAHAM  [Welcome Speaker & Dinner Interviewer]   President & CEO  Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

JULIE COKER GRAHAM
[Welcome Speaker & Dinner Interviewer]

President & CEO
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

WADE DAVIS     [Closing Speaker]    Former NFL Player/  Thought Leader & Public Speaker

WADE DAVIS
[Closing Speaker]
Former NFL Player/
Thought Leader & Public Speaker

NOLAN N. ATKINSON, JR.  [Welcome Speaker &  Benchmarking Best Practices]   Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer  Office of Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia

NOLAN N. ATKINSON, JR.
[Welcome Speaker &
Benchmarking Best Practices]

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Office of Mayor Jim Kenney,
City of Philadelphia

ED MCNEILL  [Welcome Speaker]   President  Lodging Media

ED MCNEILL
[Welcome Speaker]

President
Lodging Media


JEREMY JORDAN  [Think Tank]   Associate Dean & Associate Professor  Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

JEREMY JORDAN
[Think Tank]
Associate Dean & Associate Professor
Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

JUSTIN NELSON  [Opening Speaker]   Co-Founder and President  National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

JUSTIN NELSON
[Opening Speaker]

Co-Founder and President
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

DAVID COHEN  [Dinner Interviewee]   Senior Executive Vice President and the Chief Diversity Officer  Comcast Corporation

DAVID COHEN
[Dinner Interviewee]
Senior Executive Vice President and the Chief Diversity Officer
Comcast Corporation

MAYOR JAMES KENNEY  [Dinner Speaker}   Mayor  City of Philadelphia, PA

MAYOR JAMES KENNEY
[Dinner Speaker}

Mayor
City of Philadelphia, PA


ELIZABETH BARBER  Associate Professor & Executive Director of Business Development and Partnerships  Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

ELIZABETH BARBER
Associate Professor & Executive Director of Business Development and Partnerships
Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

DANA BECKTON  [Diversity in Healthcare panelist]   Director of Diversity and Inclusion  Christian Care Health Systems

DANA BECKTON
[Diversity in Healthcare panelist]

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Christian Care Health Systems

DEBRA BLAIR  [Academic Think Tank]   Associate Professor  Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

DEBRA BLAIR
[Academic Think Tank]

Associate Professor
Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

STEPHANIE BOYD    [General Session Sponsor Remarks]   Director of Sales & Marketing  Pennsylvania Convention Center

STEPHANIE BOYD
[General Session Sponsor Remarks]
Director of Sales & Marketing
Pennsylvania Convention Center


JOHN F. CLAYTON JR.  {Moderator of Diversity in Healthcare}   Director of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives  Independence Blue Cross

JOHN F. CLAYTON JR.
{Moderator of Diversity in Healthcare}

Director of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives
Independence Blue Cross

MICHAEL DAYS  [Moderator of Benchmarking Best Practices]   Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion  Philadelphia Inquirer

MICHAEL DAYS
[Moderator of Benchmarking Best Practices]

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Philadelphia Inquirer

GREG DESHIELDS  Executive Director PHLDiversity -  Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

GREG DESHIELDS
Executive Director
PHLDiversity - Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

HAROLD EPPS  [City Mayors Roundtable]   Director of Commerce  City of Philadelphia

HAROLD EPPS
[City Mayors Roundtable]

Director of Commerce
City of Philadelphia


JOANNE A. EPPS  [Think Tank & Welcoming Remarks]   Executive Vice President and Provost  Temple University

JOANNE A. EPPS
[Think Tank & Welcoming Remarks]

Executive Vice President and Provost
Temple University

TERRI EASTER  [Moderator of Women Leadership  & Board Governance]   Principal  T.H. Easter Consulting Group LLC

TERRI EASTER
[Moderator of Women Leadership
& Board Governance]

Principal
T.H. Easter Consulting Group LLC

DAMIAN FERNANDEZ  [Think Tank]   Chancellor  Penn State Abington

DAMIAN FERNANDEZ
[Think Tank]
Chancellor
Penn State Abington

GERALD A. FERNANDEZ  [Think Tank & Moderator of  Supplier Diversity in Hospitality]   President & Founder  The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

GERALD A. FERNANDEZ
[Think Tank & Moderator of
Supplier Diversity in Hospitality]

President & Founder
The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)


VARSOVIA FERNANDEZ    [City Mayors Roundtable Greetings]   Senior Vice President and Philadelphia Market Leader  Customers Bank

VARSOVIA FERNANDEZ
[City Mayors Roundtable Greetings]
Senior Vice President and Philadelphia Market Leader
Customers Bank

MILLICENT GORHAM    [Panelist for Diversity in Healthcare]   Executive Director  National Black Nurses Association, Inc

MILLICENT GORHAM
[Panelist for Diversity in Healthcare]
Executive Director
National Black Nurses Association, Inc

JOHN GRAHAM    [Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]   President and CEO  American Society of Association Executives

JOHN GRAHAM
[Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]
President and CEO
American Society of Association Executives

DAVID GUTSTADT    Founder & CEO  Filter Club

DAVID GUTSTADT
Founder & CEO
Filter Club


OMARI HEAD  Associate  Paramount Lodging Advisors

OMARI HEAD
Associate
Paramount Lodging Advisors

MARLINDA HENRY  Director of Events and Planning  Full Gospel Baptist

MARLINDA HENRY
Director of Events and Planning
Full Gospel Baptist

EDWARD HUBBARD, Ph.D.  [Panelist for Best Practices]   President & CEO  Hubbard & Hubbard

EDWARD HUBBARD, Ph.D.
[Panelist for Best Practices]

President & CEO
Hubbard & Hubbard

SHEILA HESS    [Closing Luncheon Remarks]   City Representative  City of Philadelphia

SHEILA HESS
[Closing Luncheon Remarks]
City Representative
City of Philadelphia


ANDY INGRAHAM  [Minority Hotel Association  President’s Roundtable]   Founder & President/CEO  National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)

ANDY INGRAHAM
[Minority Hotel Association
President’s Roundtable]

Founder & President/CEO
National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)

MALCOLM J. INGRAM    [Minority Hotel Association President’s Roundtable Greetings]   Attorney at Law  Jackson Lewis

MALCOLM J. INGRAM
[Minority Hotel Association President’s Roundtable Greetings]
Attorney at Law
Jackson Lewis

KY’A JACKSON    [Diversity in Healthcare Panelist]   Director of Diversity & Inclusion  AmeriHealth Caritas

KY’A JACKSON
[Diversity in Healthcare Panelist]
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
AmeriHealth Caritas

NORMAN K. JENKINS  [Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient]   Founder & President  Capstone Development

NORMAN K. JENKINS
[Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient]
Founder & President
Capstone Development


AL KIDD  [Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]   President and CEO  National Association of Sports Commissions

AL KIDD
[Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]

President and CEO
National Association of Sports Commissions

TONYA LADIPO    [Moderator for Meetings  and Convention Leaders]   CEO  The Ladipo Group, LLC

TONYA LADIPO
[Moderator for Meetings
and Convention Leaders]

CEO
The Ladipo Group, LLC

CHRISTOPHER E. LOPEZ, SR.  [Think Tank & Talent Pipeline]   Diversity Contact Recruiter  National Association of African Americans in Human Resources

CHRISTOPHER E. LOPEZ, SR.
[Think Tank & Talent Pipeline]

Diversity Contact Recruiter
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources


SOPHIA LEE    [CEO Roundtable Moderator]   Partner & Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion Blank Rome

SOPHIA LEE
[CEO Roundtable Moderator]
Partner & Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion
Blank Rome

JONATHAN LOVITZ  [Master of Ceremony]   Senior Vice President  National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

JONATHAN LOVITZ
[Master of Ceremony]

Senior Vice President
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

ROSANNA MAIETTA [Minority Hotel Association Roundtable Panelist]  Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Relations  American Hotel & Lodging Association

ROSANNA MAIETTA
[Minority Hotel Association Roundtable Panelist]

Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
American Hotel & Lodging Association

TEDDIE MALANGWASIRA  [Think Tank & Women Leadership  & Board Governance]   Scholar, Leadership Speaker & Author  Malangwasira Leadership Consulting

TEDDIE MALANGWASIRA
[Think Tank & Women Leadership
& Board Governance]

Scholar, Leadership Speaker & Author
Malangwasira Leadership Consulting


MICHELLE MASON    [Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]   President and CEO  Association Forum

MICHELLE MASON
[Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]
President and CEO
Association Forum

JEFFREY MONTAGUE  [Diversity & Inclusion Award Announcer]   Part-Time Director of Alumni Engagement  Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

JEFFREY MONTAGUE
[Diversity & Inclusion Award Announcer]

Part-Time Director of Alumni Engagement
Temple University, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

MICHAEL NEWMUIS  [Opening Reception Sponsor Remarks]   Director of Stakeholder Engagement & Community Affairs  Visit Philadelphia

MICHAEL NEWMUIS
[Opening Reception Sponsor Remarks]

Director of Stakeholder Engagement & Community Affairs
Visit Philadelphia

DOUGLAS PALMER  [City Mayors Roundtable]   Former Mayor  Trenton, New Jersey

DOUGLAS PALMER
[City Mayors Roundtable]

Former Mayor
Trenton, New Jersey


GINNY PALMIERI  [Panelist for Women’s Leadership and Board Governance]   Founder  VOCE Consulting

GINNY PALMIERI
[Panelist for Women’s Leadership and Board Governance]

Founder
VOCE Consulting

HITESH PATEL  Chairman  Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

HITESH PATEL
Chairman
Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

DUE QUACH    [Closing Luncheon Remarks]   Author, Founder & CEO  Calm Clarity

DUE QUACH
[Closing Luncheon Remarks]
Author, Founder & CEO
Calm Clarity

CHRISTINE RAMSAY  [Benchmarking Best Practices Panelist]   Diversity and Inclusion Champion and Speaker  Bimbo Bakeries

CHRISTINE RAMSAY
[Benchmarking Best Practices Panelist]

Diversity and Inclusion Champion and Speaker
Bimbo Bakeries


JAMEEL RUSH  [Moderator of Talent Pipeline]   Philadelphia Chapter President  Society for Human Resource Management

JAMEEL RUSH
[Moderator of Talent Pipeline]

Philadelphia Chapter President
Society for Human Resource Management

KIERA SMALLS  [Moderator of Diversity in Tech]   Executive Director  Philly Startup Leaders

KIERA SMALLS
[Moderator of Diversity in Tech]
Executive Director
Philly Startup Leaders

KRYSS SHANE  [Academic Think Tank Thought Leader]   Professional Speaker, Educator, Consultant, Writer, and Dual Licensed Social Worker   ThisIsKryss.com

KRYSS SHANE
[Academic Think Tank Thought Leader]
Professional Speaker, Educator, Consultant, Writer, and Dual Licensed Social Worker
ThisIsKryss.com

ZABETH TEELUCKSINGH  [Welcome Speaker}   Executive Director  Global Philadelphia Association

ZABETH TEELUCKSINGH
[Welcome Speaker}

Executive Director
Global Philadelphia Association


DAVID THOMAS  [Diversity in Tech Panelist]   Principal of Content Strategy  Think Company

DAVID THOMAS
[Diversity in Tech Panelist]

Principal of Content Strategy
Think Company

JOHN TANZELLA   [Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]  President and CEO  International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

JOHN TANZELLA
[Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]
President and CEO
International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

CHERISE WYNNE    [Panelist for Women Leadership  and Board Governance]   Real Estate Agent  The Agent Lady

CHERISE WYNNE
[Panelist for Women Leadership
and Board Governance]

Real Estate Agent
The Agent Lady

PAUL VAN DEVENTER    [Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]   President and CEO  Meeting Professionals International

PAUL VAN DEVENTER
[Meetings and Conventions Leaders Roundtable Panelist]
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International


Proceeds from the Diversity & Inclusion Conference will benefit students at
Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM).

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