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    September 30th - October 3rd

    The Westin Seattle

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September 30 - October 3, 2018

Seattle, Washington



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.


Seattle 2018

The Economy League is excited to announce we’ll be taking regional leaders to Seattle for the 2018 GPLEX learning visit. Known for embracing new ideas, mind-boggling growth, and distinct political character, Seattle provides a fascinating case study of how things get done in other regions. The Seattle region’s top business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders will share their experiences working on Greater Seattle’s biggest challenges and opportunities, including:


  • Managing the rapid growth and transformation of the city

  • Securing large public transit investments to address growing traffic congestion

  • Building better systems to manage an acute homelessness crisis

  • Innovative K-12 arts programming to move the needle on the achievement gap

  • How to harness a world class global health sector to address local health disparities

  • Efforts to increase the diversity of the tech workforce and expand opportunity

  • Supporting Washington State’s international trade sector centered on its ports and airport

  • Using a bustling food economy to improve health and increase access to opportunity


The application period for the 2018 Leadership Exchange has closed. Please contact Jennifer Egmont with any questions at (215) 875-1000 x126.


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Uva Coles

Vice President, Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships, Peirce College

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Nancy Dunleavy

Founder and CEO, Dunleavy and Associates

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Anuj Gupta

General Manager, Reading Terminal Market

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James Markham

AVP, Pennoni

2018 Recruitment and Selection Committee Members


Steven Scott Bradley, President, Bradley & Bradley Associates 

Malik Brown, AVP, Workforce Solutions & Community Impact, Peirce College 

John Emge, VP & Regional Executive Director, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey 

Joanne Ferroni, Director, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University 

Michelle Freeman, President, Witty Gritty 

Matt Goldfine, Executive Director, Lead PA 

Russell Johnson, President & CEO, HealthSpark Foundation 

Christine Knapp, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia, Office of Sustainability 

Lauren Nestler, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, Public Health Management Corporation 

Jay Spector, President & CEO, JEVS Human Services

Thaddeus Squire, Chief Commons Officer, CultureWorks Commons Management 

Ashlie Thornbury, VP, Partnerships, Campus Philly  

Ed Trainor, Principal, Deloitte 

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, Cofounder & CEO, Zivtech / Probo.Ci 

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

Jean Wang, President, Quantum, Inc.


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Alterra Property Group
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Ballard Spahr
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Community College of Philadelphia
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Peirce College
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Pennoni Associates Inc.
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Public Health Management Corporation
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Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
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University of Pennsylvania
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Visit Philadelphia

American Airlines is the official airline of the 2018 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange



African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, DE

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Episcopal Community Services

Holy Redeemer Health System

Key Bank

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations

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