PHL Diversity Staff & Advisory Board


1601 Market Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103


PHL Diversity (formerly Multicultural Affairs Congress)
Gregory DeShields
Executive Director
215-636-4433
fax: 267-479-6389
greg@discoverPHL.com
Affiong Inyang-Itiat
PHL Diversity Coordinator
215-636-3338
affiong@discoverPHL.com

 

PHL Diversity Advisory Board

Richard Lee Snow
PHL Diversity Board Chair
John Kroll
PHL Diversity Board Vice-Chair
 
 

The PHL Diversity Advisory Board consists of various diverse professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The Board shall meet, make recommendations and provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director of PHL Diversity as to matters within areas of their experience and expertise. Within the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, PHL Diversity works with four working committees:

  • Board Development and Nominations Committee: Recruit & review board nominees. Conduct mid-year and year-end evaluations of board members.
    • Chairs: Yvonne Drayton, President of Drayton Cross Consulting & Rikki-Quinn James-Renz, Director of Clinical Research Contracting, Fox Chase Cancer Center

  • Executive Committee: Oversee all initiatives as they relate to standing committees, membership structure, economic development strategies and hospitality hiring practices.
    • Chairs: Richard Lee Snow, Senior Advisor of Multicultural Marketing, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital & Vice Chair John Kroll, President of Keating Hospitality

  • Education Committee: Provide input into the strategy to support PHLDiversity’s mission to increase representation from Philadelphia’s multicultural communities in the hospitality industry across the city and region.
    • Chairs: Ivan Turnipseed, Associate Professor and Chair, Hospitality & Recreation Management of Cheyney University & Lynsey Madison, Assistant Professor of Community College of Philadelphia 

  • Brain Box Committee: Advise the entire PHLDiversity journey of innovation and be responsible for creating new ideas, concepts and practices driving the entire innovation change process, constantly monitoring it to ensure it stays on track.
    • Chairs: Tami Sortman, Vice President of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus & Richard Haldis, Owner of Wise Owl Media

  • Lead Generation Committee: Derived from the most recent PHLCVB strategic plan that gives all business development divisions a stronger focus on sales, the Lead Generation Committee will cultivate and filter leads from the PHLDiversity board to Sybil Davis, National Accounts Manager – Diversity and International Markets, and educate the board on what strong leads entail.

    Committee responsibilities also include imparting an understanding of the PHLDiversity sales process, funnel, and the development of strategic relationships to support the process.
    • Chairs: Janice Sykes-Ross, Director of The Belmont Mansion & Brad Baldia, President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Nicole Allen White
Director of Government and External Affairs
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Raquel M. Arredondo
Associate Director
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business

Bradley Baldia*
President
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey

Loraine Ballard Morrill
Director News & Community Affairs | Philadelphia
iHeartMedia

Adonis Banegas
Executive Director
Concilio

Michael Banks
President & CEO
African American Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Barber
Executive Director
Temple University; School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Mariska Bogle
Executive Director
Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc.

Stephanie Boyd
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Keeya M. Branson
Corporate Contributions Manager
PECO

Albert Butler
Director of Community Outreach & Member Diversity
Fitler Club

Johann Calhoun
Immediate Past President
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Nancy Campbell*
Consultant

John Chin
Executive Director
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Jimmy Contreras
Public Relations Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Donna Clark
Director, Communications & Special Projects
The Philadelphia Tribune

Ron Davis
Director of Diversity and Community Development
Parx Casino

Vanessa Delgado
Sales Manager
Fogo de Chão Philadelphia

Rollo Dilworth
Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy
Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University

Yvonne E. Drayton
President & CEO
Drayton Cross Consulting

Anthony Geistwite
Director of Sales and Marketing
Sofitel Philadelphia

Sue Geyer*
Associate Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

Gaetan T. Giannini
Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives
Montgomery County Community College

Andrea Gosfield
Managing Member
Gosfields Potts LLC

Jazzy Gray-Sadler
Founder and Board President
Fifty Shades of Purple against Bullying

Monique Greenwood
Owner
Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns

Anuj Gupta
General Manager
Reading Terminal Market

Richard Haldis
Owner
Wise Owl Media

Earl D. Harvey
Owner
Black Professional News

Amber Hikes
Executive Director
City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs

Angela Hollis
Vice President
Advanced Meeting Solutions, Inc.

C. Richard Horrow
President
Independence Business Alliance

Lee Huang
Senior Vice President and Principal
Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Rikki-Quinn James-Renz
Director of Clinical Research Contracting
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Jeffery Ji
President, U-Combination Technology Partner,
Knighthawk Tours L.L.C.

Ajamu Johnson
Vice President of Procurement
Comcast & NBCUniversal

Kenny Johnson
Community Engagement Coordinator
Philadelphia Phillies

Christopher Jungers
President
Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Jennifer Kerstetter
Business Development Officer/Store Manager
Republic Bank

Jayne Keyser
Owner
Bustard Advertising

Corvette Kittrell
Associate Director Hotel, Restaurant, Travel and Tourism
Philadelphia Academies Inc.

Kelly Lee
Chief Cultural Officer
City of Philadelphia

Tomeka Lee
Senior Partner
TriZen, LLC

David Lipson
CEO
Philadelphia Magazine

Christopher E. Lopez, Sr.
President
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources; Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Andrew Lovell
Senior Associate Director of Industry Relations
Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Michael Mariano
Director
Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company

Jeffrey Montague
Part-Time Director of STHM Alumni Engagement
Temple University; School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Kevin Moran
Executive Director
Northern Liberties Business Improvement District

Shawn Murray
Lecturer & Hospitality Management Program Lead
Montgomery County Community College

Yasmin Mustafa
CEO & Co-Founder
ROAR for Good

Isidore Ogoussan
Financial Advisor
1847 Private Client Group

Mumia Parham
Executive Director of Key Stakeholder Relations
Eastern University

Leslie Patterson-Tyler
Director of Media Relations and Communications
Kimmel Center, Inc.

Shahid Rana
Business Development
Boxman Studios

Kimberly Reed
Chief Transformational Officer
Reed Development Group, LLC

Jerry Rice
General Manager
CAMBRiA hotel & suites hotel

Jennifer I. Rodriguez
President and CEO
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Natily Santos
Director of Supplier Diversity Strategic Sourcing
Aramark

Alyssa Sendler
Director of Sales
Fairfield Inn & Suites Philadelphia Downtown/Center City

Narasimha (Nick) Shenoy
President and CEO
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Tami Sortman
Vice President
Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus

Tiffanie Stanard
Founder & CEO
Stimulus

Natasha Strother
Executive Vice President
Strother Enterprises, Inc.

Janice Sykes-Ross
Director
The Belmont Mansion/ American Women’s Heritage Society

Lowell Thomas
General Counsel
Philadelphia Housing Development Corp.

April Thomas-Jones
Executive Director
Old Pine Community Center

Ivan Turnipseed
Associate Professor and Chair, Hospitality & Recreation Management
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth M. Walsh
President
Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-NJ

Denise Williams
Managing Director
Madison Birch LLC

Tia Harris Wilson
Vice President for Production
Aon Risk Solutions

Patricia Wilson-Aden
President & CEO
African American Museum in Philadelphia

Kenneth Wong
President
CIG Asia Ltd.

*Denotes Executive Committee

 

Ex-Officio Board Members

Julie Coker Graham
President & CEO
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Honorable David Oh
Councilman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Councilwoman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

Honorable Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Councilwoman-At-Large
Philadelphia City Council

Emeritus Board Members

A. Bruce Crawley
President
Millennium 3 Management
Chairman Emeritus

Nelson Diaz, Esq.
Partner
Dilworth Paxson, LLP

State Representative Dwight Evans
U.S. Congressman
Representing 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Ernest Jones, Esq.
Retired

Cheryl McClenney-Brooker

Tom Muldoon
President
Muldoon & Associates

Robert Nelson
Retired

Romona Riscoe Benson
President of Riscoe & Associates /
Manager, Corporate Relations
PECO

Ahmeenah Young
Former President & CEO
Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Bill Wilson
Principal-In-Charge
Synterra Ltd.
Chairman Emeritus

*Denotes Executive Committee


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