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September 18-20, 2019

National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia


What is the Leadership Exchange?

The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange is an initiative of the Economy League to develop leaders of business, civic, and government organizations into visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world class region. Through in-region programming and out-of-region learning visits, the Leadership Exchange provides a unique opportunity for participants to build connections with top business, civic, and governmental leaders and to develop a deeper understanding of the Philadelphia region. Since the inception of the Leadership Exchange in 2005, the program has had a strong track record of exposing participants to new insights and ideas, forging connections across sectors and industries, and strengthening a community of leaders who are shaping the region’s future.


What to expect at this year's Exchange


The Economy League is developing a compelling and broad-ranging agenda that will allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of topics already of interest to them and expose them to other important issues that businesses, nonprofits, and institutions are facing. Among this year’s topics are



An exploration of recent investments to stabilize and improve quality of life in neighborhoods that have suffered long-standing disinvestment featuring visits to Strawberry Mansion and Tioga to see new developments and hear from community and organizational leaders.



Highlight some of the most innovative efforts undertaken by local healthcare leaders such as CHOP and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to address root causes of chronic health problems. These institutions are investing in housing improvements, financial stability, and other areas outside of traditional health services that impact individual and community health. 



State and local leaders will discuss efforts to support successful reintegration into society of people exiting the criminal justice system and new approaches to criminal justice designed to improve equity and cut costs to the public 



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University of Pennsylvania


Damon Centola is a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Director of the Network Dynamics Group.  Before coming to Penn, he was an Assistant Professor at M.I.T. and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at Harvard University. 


His one of the world's leading experts on social networks and behavior change.  His work has been published across several disciplines in journals such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Statistical Physics.  Damon received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and was awarded the ASA's 2011 Goodman Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sociological Methodology and the 2017 James Coleman Award for Outstanding Research in Rationality and Society.  He was a developer of the NetLogo agent based modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method to promote diffusion in online networks.  He is a member of the Sci Foo community and Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


Popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, TIME, The Atlantic, Scientific American and CNN.  His speaking and consulting clients include Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Cigna, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Heart Association, the National Academies, the U.S. Army and the NBA.


Damon’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.  He is a series editor for Princeton University Press, and the author of How Behavior Spreads.  


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Vice President, Government Affairs, University of Pennsylvania

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Regional Director, Government and Airport Affairs, American Airlines

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Deputy General Counsel, PNC Bank

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Chief of Staff, Office of District Attorney Larry Krasner


Peter Blau, President, ITDATA, Inc.

Tracy Brala, Vice President, Ecosystem Development, University City Science Center

Malik Brown, Vice President, Talent Strategy & Business Engagement, The Graduate Network

Jay Devine, President & CEO, Devine+Partners

Erik Evjen, Director of Research, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Joanne Ferroni, Director, University and Community Partnerships Drexel

Dominique Goss, Charitable Giving Strategy Senior Manager, TD Charitable Foundation

Beth Hare, President, Criterion Search Group

Malcolm Ingram, Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Sheila Ireland, Executive Director, City of Philadelphia, Office of Workforce Development

Russell Johnson, President & CEO, HealthSpark Foundation

Joe Khan, Of Counsel, Langer Grogan & Diver

Yocasta Lora, Associate State Director, AARP PA

Esther Morales, Director, Puentes de Salud

Lauren Nestler, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, PHMC

Ellen Rosenberg, Vice President, Development and Civic Engagement, The Goldenberg Group

Andy Toy, Communications and Development Director, SEAMAAC

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, Cofounder & CEO, Zivtech

Bill Valerio, The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO, Woodmere Art Museum

Jean Wang, President, Quantum, Inc.



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