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PHL Diversity

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.


The Future of Philadelphia

Join PHL Diversity for our first podcast of 2021 as we speak with George R. Burrell, Partner with Kleinbard LLC, Attorneys at Law. George talks about the future of Philadelphia, its tourism and hospitality industry, current cultural events, his experience as a panelist on 6abc Action News Inside Story, and the always popular “Burrell – Smyler – Pratt – Smalley Multi-Cultural Networking Breakfast” (a must attend).

George Burrell has been a leader in the business, civic, and political affairs of Philadelphia for more than 30 years. He served as a ranking official in the administrations of two mayors; a member of Philadelphia City Council; president of a minority-owned investment management business; general counsel to one of America’s premier African American-owned businesses; and a partner in two prominent Philadelphia law firms. George brings the knowledge and experience he has developed as a lawyer, businessman, and public official to clients as Of Counsel member of Kleinbard’s Business and Finance Department and a member of the Firm’s Government Relations Group.

George advises clients on building effective relationships with state, local, and federal officials; advocating on public policy and legislative initiatives; and competing for public and private sector procurement opportunities. He also serves as a strategic adviser to for-profit and nonprofit executives and board members on issues with public implications related to long-range planning and crisis management, and the development of coordinated corporate messaging for public affairs and government relations departments.

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