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    In late September, Billy Penn asked why 140+ Philadelphia leaders were heading to Seattle for the weekend.  Armed with an excellent briefing book and a deep sense of curiosity, for 3 days a diverse group of cross-sector Philadelphia leaders dug deep into how Seattle works, moves, and thrives - and critically, how it deals with major challenges. 


    Economy League staff, led by GPLEX Director Jennifer Egmont, created a top-flight experience that included opportunities to meet with and learn from key business, civic, and political leaders, to see first hand what happens when a tech behemoth like Amazon...






GPLEX 2018 Seattle


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October 16th 2019

Guzik: Why I GPLEX

2019 was my first GPLEX. I moved back to Pennsylvania in the spring of 2018 and heard that GPLEX would be a great opportunity to connect with a diverse group of changemakers in the city. I wanted to meet leaders across sector, industry, and interest to learn which priorities Philadelphia leaders... Read More
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October 9th 2019

Lora: Why I GPLEXed and plan to continue GPLEXing...

Success depends upon peer-to-peer relationships. Last year was my first GPLEX, and it surpassed my expectations. Having the opportunity to network with individuals within the region and enhance my professional knowledge while exploring the fantastic City of Seattle was truly meaningful. The... Read More
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September 27th 2019

Jeff's Takeaways from GPLEX 2019

Changing complex systems is not easy. At GPLEX 2019, we talked about how to tackle our region's toughest challenges. Our keynote speaker Damon Centola urged us to build stronger ties, to identify and cultivate "bridges" between networks, to create the conditions of possibility for systems change.... Read More
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September 16th 2019

Smith: Why I GPLEX

There is safety in silos when it comes to moving the needle in our everyday work. Marketing people talk to marketing people; hospitality people talk to hospitality folks; tech leaders talk to...you get the point. This isn’t native to Philadelphia or even D.C. (where I am very proudly from!); this... Read More
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September 16th 2019

Ostapenko: Why I GPLEX

Last year, I participated in GPLEX program for the first time and what I learned and connections I made cannot be replicated with any other program that I know of. Economy League found a right creative formula for how to help connect leaders in Greater Philadelphia region. I am absolutely looking... Read More


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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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