PHL Diversity Podcasts

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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 premier diverse/multicultural destination for meetings and convention.

PHL Diversity podcasts will return in September for Season 3

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Wanda Paul, longtime finance wizard and a steady presence at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, describes what is was like to be one of the first female minority executives in the city and recalls the mentors who guided her along the way.

Malcolm Kenyatta, senior coordinator of member engagement for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, discusses his job that requires him to build and manage relationships with a diverse set of people from businesses all over the city and beyond.

Aubrey Kent, associate dean, Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, a Canadian native, tells us about his background and what led him to Philadelphia, as well as his vision for STHM.

Ron Davis, director of diversity and community development for Parx Casino, describes the development and implementation of Parx Casino’s diversity strategy.

Clarence LeJeune, managing partner for PHL Marketplace, discusses his work overseeing the management, development and leasing of all the retail, food and duty-free operations at PHL International Airport.

Michael Banks, president & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce, provides an overview of Philadelphia’s vibrant minority business communities.

Lauren DeLisa Coleman, a digi-cultural trend analyst, author, speaker and consultant, explains why pop culture is so important in the U.S. and how she uses her expertise in trends, cultural attitudes and digital consumption to help companies create smart, competitive business strategies.

Heath Fogg Davis, a Temple University political science professor, provides provocative insight regarding advocacy for marginalized communities, inspiring and training people in the art of institutional change.

Richard Lewis, president of iHeartMedia’s Philadelphia market gives us a snapshot of iHeartMedia’s massive growth and the exciting transitions that continue to take place along the way.

Irene Levy Baker, owner of Spotlight Public Relations, discusses her latest book, 100 Things to do in Philadelphia Before You Die.

Bill Golderer, head pastor of Arch Street Presbyterian Church, describes the congregation’s transformation into a vibrant and active community of worshippers.

Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO of Welcome America, discusses Philadelphia’s citywide festival celebrating Independence Day, freedom and the birth of our nation.

Chef Jose Garces takes us on a journey — from his earliest days in the industry to becoming an Iron Chef and owner of a culinary empire that includes 18 restaurants, a successful catering company, a 40-acre organic farm and a nonprofit organization serving local immigrant communities.

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.


Don’t miss all our earlier PHL Diveristy podcasts. Click here for dozens of additional episodes highlighting diversity in Philadelphia meetings and convention.

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