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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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Michael Brown

VP, Community Programs, Seattle Foundation

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Tim Burgess

Seattle City Council, 2007-2017

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Enrique Cerna

Seattle Journalist

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Mayor Jenny A. Durkan

City of Seattle (invited)

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Michael Harbour

Deputy CEO, Sound Transit

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Leesa Manion

Chief of Staff, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

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David Rolf

International VP, SEIU and President, SEIU 775

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Zeta Smith

Divisional SVP, Starbucks (East Division)

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Jonathan Sposato

Chairman and Co-founder, Geekwire.com

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Marilyn Strickland

President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

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Tony To

Executive Director, HomeSight

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David Wertheimer

Director of Community and Civic Engagement, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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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.



Monday, October 1
Tuesday, October 2
Wednesday, October 3

7:30 - 8:45pm

Breakfast and Networking 


8:45 - 9:00am



9:00 - 10:00am

Keynote Address

  • Jonathan Sposato, Chairman & Co-Founder, Geekwire.com 

Presented by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) 


10:00 - 10:15am



10:15 - 11:45am

How Seattle Works  

Presented by SEI 

  • Tim Burgess, Former Mayor and Council Member, City of Seattle  
  • Marilyn Strickland, President, Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce 
  • Alejandra Tres, Executive Director, Municipal League of King County  
  • Moderator – David Wertheimer, Director of Community and Civic Engagement, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

11:45 - 12:00pm



12:00 - 1:15pm

Lunch Conversation 

Presented by Dunleavy & Associates 

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion  

  • Zeta Smith, Divisional Senior Vice President, Operations, Starbucks Coffee Company 
  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, Comcast  

1:30 - 5:00pm

Regional Explorations 

  • Models for Inclusive Redevelopment 

    Presented by TD Bank 

  • Moving Goods & People: Sea-Tac Airport 
  • South Lake Union: Tech Mecca 

6:00 - 7:30pm

Seattle - Philadelphia Leadership Reception 

Presented by Devine + Partners 

Museum of Pop Culture
East Lobby & Culture Kitchen  

325 5th Avenue N  


7:30 - 8:15am

Breakfast and Networking


8:15 - 8:45am

Sharing from Regional Explorations


8:45 - 10:15am

Who’s on Board? Building Support for Transportation Investments 

  • Michael Harbour, Deputy CEO, Sound Transit  
  • A-P Hurd, President, Skipstone  
  • Shefali Ranganathan, Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle  
  • Moderator – Jonathan Hopkins, Executive Director, Commute Seattle 

10:15 - 10:30am



10:30 - 12:00pm

Driving Inclusive Growth & Shared Prosperity in Seattle 

Presented by Peirce College 

  • Michael Brown, Civic Architect, Civic Commons, Seattle Foundation 
  • Trish Millines Dziko, Co-founder & Executive Director, Technology Access Foundation 
  • Tony To, Executive Director, HomeSight 
  • Moderator – Enrique Cerna, Seattle Journalist  

12:15 - 1:15pm

Lunch Conversation 

How Labor & Business Work Together  

Presented by Visit Philadelphia  


  • David Rolf, International Vice President, SEIU and President, SEIU 775 
  • Howard Wright, Chairman & Founder, Seattle Hospitality Group 
  • Moderator – Jeff Hornstein, Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia  

1:30 - 5:00pm

Regional Explorations  

  • Arts & Community Preservation: Battle for Seattle’s Soul  
  • Economic & Social Impacts of Washington’s Global Health Sector  

Presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

  • Food Waste Innovations: Strengthening People & Preserving the Environment 

Presented by Public Health Management Corporation  


6:00 - 6:30pm

Leave for dinners



Breakfast and Networking


7:45 - 8:15am

Sharing from Regional Explorations


8:15 - 10:00am

Innovation Exchanges: How Seattle & Philadelphia Tackle Big Challenges 



  • Bill Golderer, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey 
  • Solynn McCurdy, CEO, Social Venture Partners Seattle 

Criminal Justice Reform   

  • Arun Prabhakaran, Chief of Staff, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 
  • Leesa Manion, Chief of Staff, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 

10:00 - 10:15am



10:15 - 11:15am

Looking Forward: What’s Next for Seattle

  • David Boardman, Dean, Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City of Seattle

11:15 - 11:30am

Closing Remarks  

  • Jeff Hornstein, Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia


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




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CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Episcopal Community Services

Holy Redeemer Health System

Key Bank

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations

Seattle Magazine

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