With Growth & Prosperity for All: A Roadmap For Growth Conference

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Philadelphia has a wealth of untapped human capital.

At this half-day conference, business leaders will have the opportunity to learn how their peers are recruiting from Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods and engaging nontraditional workers to strengthen both their business and their community.

Hear best practices in how to hire, train and retain professionals from this talent pool, including discussions on engaging returning citizens, veterans, working with the immigrant community, neighborhood-based initiatives and onboarding through various TANF training programs.

8:00 AM – Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 AM – Program

Featured Speaker
Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder, B Lab

Driving Impact from the Inside Out, Bottom Up
Panelists will discuss how they’ve made recruiting nontraditional workers a priority and how they have worked to make this practice part of their corporate culture.
Carol Eggert, Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast
Michael Robinson, Director - Community Outreach and Hiring
Temple University
Nick Bayer, Founder & CEO, Saxbys
Michael Pearson, President, Union Packaging LLC 

Moderated by: Sara Lomax-Reese, President, WURD Radio

10:15 AM – Break

The Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Featured Speaker
Mitch Little, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia

When Social Impact Meets Bottom-Line: Tests and Triumphs
Panelists will discuss the challenges and successes of recruiting nontraditional workers.
Donna Allie, President & Founder, Team Clean, Inc.
Emily Bittenbender, Managing Partner, Bittenbender Construction
H. Patrick Clancy, President & CEO, Philadelphia Works
Kenneth D. Penn, CPM, CCIM, President, Community Property Management, Inc.

Moderated by: Jane Von Bergen, Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer

12:00 PM – Program Closes


African American Chamber of Commerce
Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
French American Chamber of Commerce
General Building Contractor's Association
German American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia
Impact PHL
Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic - Eurasia Business Council Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Philadelphia Youth Network
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)- Philadelphia Chapter

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. If you are ill, experiencing a fever, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID within 14 days of the program/event, you may not attend in-person programs/events.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice. For live events, walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this time. Tickets will be held at the door and reserved seating for tables of 10 only. For virtual programs, links are sent to pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to program/event via Outlook.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.


Contact Andrew Fink at afink@chamberphl.com


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