PHL Diversity Programs and Webinars

Past Webinars

The Importance of Career Connection Internships

Do They Lead to Employment?

Focusing on student internships, this session will explore how we can best assist students about their options. The session will identify the importance of the career connection made through an internship – does it lead to employment? We will also discuss the importance of expanding our advice to include opportunities beyond the traditional THE industries given the current industry climate.

Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Adapting, Growing and Self-Care

The tourism and hospitality industry has been incredibly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed, and the road to recovery will be long and hard fought. Join PHL Diversity as we explore the various challenges facing hospitality industry professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A diverse panel of speakers will discuss various ways the pandemic has effected hospitality professionals, including:

  • Adapting positions to developing business models

  • Selling and planning during the pandemic for future events
  • Recognizing the importance of self-care during this difficult time

Leaders Rethinking Education: COVID-19 and the Impact on Education

The Survival, Innovation and Acceleration of Virtual Education

As changes in education evolve during the COVID-19 Pandemic, so does the importance of discussing the future of educational delivery, as well as student outcome expectations. This panel will explore how both educators and students are affected by these current challenges and how this will impact students of all ages and specifically students who will soon be transitioning into the workforce.

Moderator: Elizabeth H. Barber, PhD, CHE, Director of Development & Professor Emeritus Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management.

Opening Speaker: John Kroll, President, Keating Hospitality, PHL Diversity’s Vice Chair


      Naima Hall, Director, Center for Student Professional Development, Temple University.

      Ava Roberts, Student B.S. in Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Management, Cheyney University ‘22

      Catherine Glatts, Vice President, Career and Technical Education, Mercy Career & Technical High School

      Candice Matthews Bass, Deputy Director, Workforce & Community Development, Philabundance

      Lynsey Madison, PhD, Department Head, Business Leadership, Fashion & Hospitality, Assistant Profession, Community College of Philadelphia

      Lauren McCulligan, Academic Advisor, School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Temple University

    Welcoming Multicultural Meetings and Conventions Back: How Philadelphia’s Transportation Hubs are Preparing for Visitors

    Join the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and its PHL Diversity division in an engaging conversation with regional transportation leaders about steps they are taking collectively to keep travelers safe as we look forward to welcoming back diverse meetings and conventions in 2021.

    Moderator: Kevin Moran, Senior Manager, Urban Land Institute

    Opening Speaker: Greg DeShields, Executive Director, PHL Diversity


      Darlene Abubakar, Senior Director of Advertising, Amtrak

      Sue Cornell, Senior Director of Public Engagement, Philadelphia Parking Authority

      Adam Mitchell, C.M., Deputy Chief Revenue Officer, Philadelphia International Airport

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