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Greg DeShields, CDE, CHE

Executive Director, PHL Diversity

Greg is an experienced Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) and a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and recently named Executive Director of Tourism Diversity Matters, created in partnership with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). TDM, a national diversity resource, educates, advocates, engages, and empowers tourism and events industry leaders to incorporate DEI into their strategies and plans. Greg has spent his career in hospitality, drawing on his experiences to champion diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the tourism industry.

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PHL Diversity Advisory Board

The PHL Diversity advisory board is comprised of an ethnically diverse representation of Philadelphia’s corporate, government, and social communities from each customer segment: African American, Asian American, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Women. PHL Diversity and its team of leaders provides access to the decision-makers of various community sectors for sponsorship opportunities, to serve as keynote speakers, panelists, to help build audiences, and to help with outreach, service and support.

Arts & Culture

Paul S. Beidman

Avenue of the Arts, Inc.

Naomi Gonzalez

Vice President of Education and Community Engagement
The Mann Center for Performing Arts

Kris Mendoza

Founder & Executive Producer
Maestro Films

Chambers of Commerce

Bradley Baldia

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

John W. Chin

Executive Director
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Jennifer Rodriguez

President & CEO
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Narashima B. Shenoy

President & CEO
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia


Kelly Meerbott

Leader & Team Development Coach
You Loud and Clear

Ivan B. Turnipseed, PhD

Benjamin Grace, LLC

Erika L. White, CDE

Diversity Inclusion Program Manager
Pennoni Associates


Keeya Branson-Davis, MTHM, EdD

Corporate Contributions Manager

Amanda Chevalier

CFI: The Knoll Source

Janean Gardner

Divisional Practice Lead, Professional Services

Robert Hackman

Founder & Principal
4C Consulting

Rebecca Tham, MA, SHRM-CP

Operations & Human Resources Manager
Women’s Business Enterprise Center East

Portia D. Waller

Berkshire Hathaway

Denise Williams

Managing Director
Madison Birch

Kenneth Wong

President & CEO
CIG Asia, Ltd.


Kimberly S. Reed, M.Ed., CDP

Chief Transformational Officer/Diversity Equality Inclusion Executive Strategist & Advisor
The Reed Development Group


Raquel M. Arredondo, MA, PHR

Associate Director, Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development
Drexel University

Elizabeth H. Barber, PhD, CHE

Director of Development, Professor Emeritus
Temple University

Taylor Cobb, M.Ed.

Manager of Advancement Services and Special Events
Girard College

Rollo A. Dilworth

Vice Dean Professor
Temple University-Boyer College of Music and Dance

Corvette Kittrell, MBA, M.Ed.

Director-Workload Based Learning & The Business of Hospitality
Philadelphia Academies

Jeffrey Montague

Director of Alumni Engagement
Temple University-School of Sports, Tourism & Hospitality Management

Christopher Yochim

Head of Business Development-NIIMBL
University of Delaware

Leonie Alexander*

Vice President of Finance & Administration
African American Museum in Philadelphia

Nancy W. Campbell, M.Ed.*

Principal Consultant/Adjunct Professor
Community College of Philadelphia
NWC: Edunomics

Rikki-Quinn James-Renz, MBA, SSGB, CRCP*

Director of Contract & Supplier Services (Supply Chain)
Temple University

Andrew Lovell*

Senior Associate Director of Industry Relations
Temple University

Lynsey Madison, PhD*

Department Head, Business Leadership, Fashion & Hospitality
Community College of Philadelphia

Shawn Murray*

Assistant Professor & Interim Director Culinary Arts Institute
Montgomery County Community College

Janice Sykes-Ross*

Executive Director
West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Paul Robeson Museum


Brandi M. Baldwin, PhD

Millennial Ventures

Chantelle Fitzgerald

Mindset Strategies, LLC

Donavan S. West

Founder & President
Black Business Accelerator

Yvonne E. Drayton*

Drayton Cross Consulting


Kevin Moran

Senior Manager
Urban Land Institute


Jennifer Kerstetter

Vice President, Retail Office Manager

Evan Linhardt

Vice President, Private Wealth Management
Alliance Bernstein, LP

Tanyelle Little-Mims, Esq.

Senior Corporate Recruiter-Diversity
Freedom Mortgage

Jennifer MacMullen

Senior Vice President, Retail Marketing Manager
Republic Bank

Michael Mariano

Director, Tourism Economics and Oxford Economics
Oxford Economics

Isidore Ogoussan, ChFC

Financial Advisor
1847 Financial

Dana C. Palma

Financial Advisor
Edward Jones


Raechelle Walker-Ellis

Senior Grants Management Specialist


Jason D. Evans

Supplier Diversity Specialist
University of Pennsylvania

Tonya Moody

Vice President-Medicare
AmeriHealth Caritas

Bridgett M. Battles*

Community Engagement Administrator
Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health


Mariska K. Bogle

Executive Director
Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc.

Stephanie M. Boyd

Director of Sales & Marketing
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Albert Butler

Director of Community Outreach & Diversity
Fitler Club

Michael Chow

Sang Kee Peking Duck House

Roland Davis, CHRM

4 Dimensions, LLC

Ron Davis

Chief Diversity Officer
Parx Casino

Vanessa Delgado, HMCC

Sales Manager
Fogo De Chao

Monique Greenwood

Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns

Angela B. Hollis, MBA, DES

Vice President
Advanced Meeting Solutions

Andrew Lovell

Senior Associate Director of Industry Relations
Temple University-School of Sports, Tourism & Hospitality Management

Jerry E. Rice, Jr.

President & CEO
Jerry’s Cakes and Catering

Alyssa Sendler

Sales Manager
Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Tami Sortman

Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus

Carol Watson

General Manager
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Gregg Caren*

President & CEO

Jimmy Contreras*

Public Relations Manager
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Sue Geyer*

Associate Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

John Kroll*

Keating Hospitality


Gregory O. Yorgey-Girdy, Esq. MBA

Manager of Conflicts & Client Intake
Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP


Loraine Ballard Morrill

News & Community Affairs Director
iHeart Media

Mike Fanelle

Partner, Executive Producer

Cate Haeman

Chief Executive Officer
Prelude Solutions

Ricky Haldis*

Wise Owl Multi-Media

Richard Lee*

Media Copy


Brad Baldia*

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce


Rev. Dr. Darron D. McKinney, Sr.

Senior Pastor
Bright Hope Baptist Church

Social Welfare

Adonis Banegas

Executive Director

Michael Banks

Managing Director, Employment Opportunities & Entrepreneurship
United Way of Greater Philadelphia & South Jersey

Jason Mitchell

NExT Philadelphia

Tami Sortman*

Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus

April Thomas-Jones*

Executive Director
Philadelphia Police Athletic League

Social Welfare/Education

Richard Lee Snow*

Regional Development Director-Washington, DC Region


Kenny Johnson

Community Engagement Coordinator
Philadelphia Phillies


Yasmine Mustafa

ROAR for Good

Ex-Officio Board Members

Julie Coker

President & CEO
San Diego Tourism Authority

Honorable David Oh

Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez

Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Blondell Reynolds-Brown

Philadelphia City Council

Emeritus Board Members

A. Bruce Crawley

President Millennium 3 Management
Chairman Emeritus

Nelson Diaz, Esq.

Dilworth Paxson, LLP

State Representative Dwight Evans

U.S. Congressman
Representing 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Ernest Jones, Esq.


Cheryl McClenney-Brooker

Tom Muldoon

Muldoon & Associates

Robert Nelson


Romona Riscoe Benson

President of Riscoe & Associates
Manager, Corporate Relations

Romona Riscoe Benson

President of Riscoe & Associates
Manager, Corporate Relations

Ahmeenah Young

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Bill Wilson

Synterra Ltd., Chairman Emeritus

* PHL Diversity Executive Committee

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