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Promoting Philadelphia as an inclusive destination for diverse events, meetings and visitors.

More than 30 years ago, the PHLCVB became one of the first CVBs in the country to establish a division to promote the destination as a diverse and inclusive location for meetings, events, conventions, and visitors. PHL Diversity leads the charge in diversity and inclusion efforts and connects meeting and convention planners with the region’s diverse business community to ensure successful events. We are proud to have hosted a number of notable events and meeting and look forward to assisting you in your planning.

Notable Events

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Black Male Educators for Social Justice
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Our team has been privileged to work with many of your colleagues. Take a look at what some of them are saying.


Choose Philadelphia: A City that Embraces Diversity

  • History of Trailblazing Women — Lucretia Mott, 19th century feminist, abolitionist, activist and social reformer helped launch the women’s rights movement and founded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Barbara Gittings, the “mother of the LGBT civil rights movement,” led progressive initiatives and edited the first widespread lesbian journal.
  • Philadelphia Tribune is the oldest continuously published Black newspaper in the United States, since 1884.
  • One of The First Gay Rights Protests In U.S. History took place at Independence Hall in 1969.
  • The Second Oldest Chinatown On the East Coast, Philadelphia is home to a sizeable Asian and Pacific Islander community
  • A Prominent Hispanic Community represents over 20 cultural heritages.
  • A High Level of Accessibility For Residents And Travelers With Disabilities, Philadelphia offers visitors of all abilities the opportunity to explore popular attractions.
  • Outstanding Academic Institutions — that reflect students from all backgrounds and educational communities founded on respect, open-mindedness, and the appreciation of others

We are committed to ensuring that equality and inclusion are pillars of our destination and we commit to leveraging our strong community connections and our PHL Diversity division to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism extend to all diverse communities in Philadelphia.


This week’s episode features S. Shani Saunders, Brandywine Realty Trust’s Property Management and Bjorn Henriques, Fox Television Stations and Co-Chairs of The African American Chamber of Commerce For PA-NJ-DE. Join us as they discuss the state of black businesses and the upcoming “African American Chamber of Commerce For PA-NJ-DE 27th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Thursday, October 29th.

Shani Saunders serves on Brandywine Realty Trust’s Property Management team for FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, and leads the company’s diversity and inclusion affinity team, voices. Bjorn Henriques is a veteran media advertising executive and host of the “Philly ADCAST”, the official podcast of the Philly Ad club.

The African American Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for minority owned businesses in the Delaware Valley and Southeastern Pennsylvania. For the first time in 27 years, the Chamber will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony virtually! Last year, over 800 leaders from across the City of Philadelphia joined the Chamber for its annual event. On Thursday, October 29 at 8:00PM guests will experience the Chamber’s Annual Awards Ceremony, virtual art exhibition, live music performance by Suzann Christine, and special remarks from regional leaders.

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