PHL Diversity Podcasts

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Welcome, listeners.

PHL Diversity Podcasts — brought to you with support from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and post-production by A Step Higher — are digital audio files available for download.

PHL Diversity (formerly known as the Multicultural Affairs Congress) works to increase Philadelphia’s share of the multicultural meetings and tourism markets. We maximize opportunities for the region by promoting Philadelphia as an ethnically diverse visitor destination, encouraging multicultural business and social responsibility that contributes to and benefits from the varying multicultural communities that enhance our region’s hospitality and tourism industry.

PHL Diversity Podcasts are brief insights, views and opinions from tourism and hospitality leaders, meeting/convention professionals and academics regarding specific hospitality, tourism and diversity topics.

Join us to learn more about strategies and initiatives to raise Philadelphia’s image as a premiere diverse/multicultural destination for meetings and convention.


Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott International’s Vice President of Multicultural Affairs, discusses Marriott’s philosophy and practice of “putting people first” and much more.

John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, gives a wide-ranging interviewing touching on the past and future of Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

Ed Grose, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association: Grose offers insight on the state of lodging in Philadelphia and gives the scoop on his favorite places in the city.

Creating Change Conference: Hear from attendees at Creating Change, the first major LGBT conference hosted in Philadelphia. We spoke with conference organizers and LGBT leaders about diversity, the work of Creating Change, their thoughts on what sets Philadelphia apart as a great host city for LGBT conventions and more.

Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia: Fitzpatrick talks about LGBT advocacy in Philadelphia and the City’s support of LGBT meetings and conventions.

William Wilson, Synterra Partners and John Kroll, Keating Hospitality: Wilson and Kroll, chairs of PHL Diversity, discuss the state of diverse and multicultural meetings in Philadelphia.

John McNichol, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center: John McNichol discusses where the Pennsylvania Convention Center is today, as well as the role diversity plays in the operation of the facility.

Julie Coker Graham, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO: Julie Coker Graham shares her thoughts on the meaning of diversity and inclusion, Philadelphia’s legacy of diversity and much more.


Don’t miss Season 1. Click here for 21 additional episodes highlighting diversity in Philadelphia meetings and convention.

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