PHL Diversity Programs


PHLCVB and PHL Diversity present the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Conference in Philadelphia

When: March 25-26, 2019

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia – 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia

Why should I attend?

The Diversity & Inclusion Conference is a hospitality industry and education summit dedicated to the exchange of insights and concepts about Diversity & Inclusion best practices. Our goal is to provide a forum to discuss strategies that can influence corporate social responsibility and broaden cross-cultural understanding.

At the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Conference you will:

  • Learn how to incorporate the critical component of D & I into your organization’s corporate culture
  • Ensure that your organization’s D & I strategy aligns with its business objectives
  • Hear research about what customers want from D & I focused organizations
  • Review accountability mechanisms to measure the success of your D & I initiatives
  • Understand how a globally inclusive and culturally competent workforce can be created

Who should attend?

The Diversity & Inclusion Conference is designed for CEOs, corporate leaders, Chief Diversity Officers and government officials; senior-level hospitality executives, minority hotel organizations and tourism executives; and university-level hospitality educators and administrators who are all seeking new innovative, forward-thinking D & I strategies.

Academic Think Tank

Join our “Think Tank” specifically designed for deans, directors, faculty and D & I practitioners to discuss ideas and recommendations regarding latest D & I thinking about educational design, barriers and disparities on university campuses, and research-based benchmarking for academic D & I programs.

The 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Conference is produced by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and PHLDiversity in partnership with Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality.

Questions? Visit our website at or contact Greg DeShields at | 215-636-4433


PHL Diversity’s 2019 Business Opportunity Luncheon

PHL Diversity’s 2019 Business Opportunity Luncheon

When: February 28, 2019

Where: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Hundreds of business and hospitality leaders will gather for the annual Business Opportunity Luncheon, which provides an opportunity for minority business leaders in Philadelphia to connect with meetings and conventions, establish business relationships and benefit economically in the increase in tourism activity around the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Designed to ensure that diverse businesses have equal opportunity to benefit from the business that the PHLCVB brings to Philadelphia, the program has expanded to include an awards presentation to recognize Philadelphia-area businesses and leaders for outstanding contributions to hospitality and tourism in the city.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs, Philadelphia region iHeart Media, will be Mistress of Ceremonies.
  • Cherri Gregg, Reporter, KYW Newsradio 1060, will moderate a panel discussion with representatives from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and the National LGBT Bar Association. The panelists speak about the national conventions they are bringing to Philadelphia.
  • The “Bring It Home” Award will be presented to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Hughes, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for his work to support PHL Diversity’s mission by working with the PHLCVB to bring multicultural conventions to Philadelphia.

Proceeds of the luncheon benefit the Philadelphia chapters of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) as well as the Jack P. Ferguson MPI Scholarship.

The PHLCVB would like to thank their partners at Customers Bank, Health Partners Plans, and the Community College of Philadelphia for their generous support of this year’s Business Opportunity Luncheon.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 2019 Business Opportunity Luncheon

Philadelphia MEDWeek 2018 Workshop – “What I was not told”

On October 2, 2018, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia presented a workshop in conjunction with Philadelphia MEDWeek 2018.

Black women business owners discussed a variety of relevant issues currently affecting their businesses and shared career advice and insights. This session brought together inspiring business owners who illuminate the entrepreneur experience while reflecting on their own success and challenges.

The workshop was moderated by:
Chaundra Daniels, Business & Humor Consultant and Motivational Speaker, Monarch Productions

Our panelists included:

The Myth of Donor Diversity: Understanding and Engaging Diverse Donors

PHL Diversity collaborated with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter to produce a program on the processes, barriers and success stories of diverse fundraising.


25th Annual PHL Diversity/Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association Hospitality Education Day

Thank you to all our sponsors, partners and colleagues who helped make 2018 Hospitality Education Day a success!

2018 People Power Summit

Millennial Engagment

PHL Diversity partnered with The Center of Millennial Engagement, a millennial engagement company, and collaborated on the 2018 Annual People Power Summit.

Designed with millennials in mind, the summit brought professional leaders from health care, law, hospitality, tech, business and media together to accelerate their careers and gain practical strategies to support the growth and sustainability of their companies. Over 100 companies were represented.

Leaders sent to this exclusive one-day event left with a renewed sense of purpose, a clear plan of action and a network of support to achieve their goals in 2018. 

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