Roadmap for Growth: Combatting Homelessness through Economic Empowerment

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

While conversations around workforce development are happening all over the city, organizations are still struggling to find tangible ways to bring more nontraditional populations into the workforce, particularly the homeless and panhandling communities.

At this issue forum, businesses will share their success stories and provide practical solutions that can grow your business while still having a positive impact on Philadelphia. Join us for a discussion on these collaborative efforts underway. 

Ticket price includes $5 donation to the City of Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services' "Make Your Change Count" campaign.

Free parking available on-site.

Featured Speaker
Dave Shaffer, CEO, First Step Staffing

Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)
Steven Cook,
Co-Founder, CookNSolo Restaurant Partners & Rooster Soup Co.
Grace Manning
, Manager of Social Impact and Administration, Saxbys
Joanne McFall, Market President, Keystone First

About the Featured Speaker
Originally from Atlanta, First Step Staffing merged with a for-profit staffing firm earlier this year to hire from the homeless and formerly incarcerated communities.



Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary, availability is not guaranteed for walk-ins. Payment is required upon registration/entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made. Tickets will be held at the door. Reserved seating for tables of 10 only. Please advise your guests that tickets will be held at the door under your company name.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs 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 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.


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


Ticket - $40.00



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Learning from diverse sources = better decision making. Explore how viewpoint diversity is good for business on June 5: #DiversityPHL

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