10th Annual PHL Diversity Business Opportunity Networking Luncheon


Join PHL Diversity as we connect local minority businesses with upcoming diverse meetings & conventions! This dynamic program provides vendor opportunities, access and specific insights into contract needs for upcoming diverse meetings and conventions.

The Luncheon encourages multicultural business and social responsibility that contributes to and benefits from the varying diverse communities that enhance our region's hospitality and tourism industry.

Diversity & Inclusion specialist Kimberly Reed of Reed Development Group will serve as moderator, interviewing a panel of decision-makers representing upcoming multicultural meetings and conventions including:

  • White Privilege Conference (WPC) (April 14–17, 2016):  WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.
  • African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference (July 5–13, 2016): The General Conference is the supreme body of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is composed of the bishops, as ex-officio presidents, according to the rank of election, and an equal number of ministerial delegates, elected by each of the Annual Conferences and the Lay Electoral Colleges of the Annual Conferences.
  • National Black MBA Association® Annual Conference & Exposition (Sept. 22–30, 2017): The National Black MBA Association® Annual Conference and Exposition is one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events in the nation. Each year, this successful affair attracts more than 9,000 business-minded attendees to learn about topics including career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership.

The PHL Diversity Business Opportunity Networking Luncheon will also raise funds for college student leaders in Philadelphia studying hospitality, tourism and culinary programs to attend the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) 2016 Annual Conference taking place in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (Feb. 4–7, 2016). NSMH is a nationally recognized premier professional organization for developing exceptional minority student talent and leadership.



Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship for Minority Professionals

PHL Diversity, in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PAMPI), has announced the creation of the Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship for minority meeting professionals. This scholarship will honor outgoing PHLCVB President and CEO Jack Ferguson for his many years of dedicated service cultivating Philadelphia's diverse meetings and conventions industry and championing the inclusion of the city’s minority business communities within the industry. PAMPI will fund the first year.

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