• Philadelphia Sunset Skyline


    2018 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange participants share their perspectives on Seattle.

  • grants bonnie
September 14th 2018

Grant: How Does Seattle Use Its Assets to Attract More Business?

I am excited to join the GPLEX for the first time. I have enjoyed a long career of promoting Philadelphia as a desirable destination for tourism and conventions, as well as to our citizens, most recently in the medical and life sciences areas. Philadelphia has an amazing history and we still make... Read More
  • barsanti michael
September 14th 2018

Barsanti: What Role Has the Cultural Community Played in Seattle’s Success?

  I suppose what I’m most excited about with the upcoming GPLEX trip is the opportunity to meet and talk to the other GPLEXers!  Of course, you don’t have to go to Seattle to do that, but it helps.   James Joyce wrote *Ulysses* - a novel that recreates the city of Dublin in minute detail –... Read More
  • gambone stephanie
September 4th 2018

Gambone: Collaborating Today to Change Tomorrow

As the 2018 GPLEX learning visit to Seattle approaches, I’m excited for the multitude of opportunities this presents. Particularly since this will be my first Leadership Exchange, I’m eager to join other leaders from my community in a first-hand learning experience for the purpose of benefitting... Read More
  • ostapenko yuliya
September 4th 2018

Ostapenko: Learn How to Create Opportunities in Our Communities

When I first learned about GPLEX, I instantly knew that I had to participate in it. The idea is so simple and at the same time so absolutely powerful: assemble a cohort of local leaders and have them learn firsthand the best practices in enhancing lives of the communities in the places where those... Read More
  • simiriglia christine
August 29th 2018

Simiriglia: Big Cities, Small World

I have worked with marginalized people for over 30 years. Much of that time has been spent creating services for people who have serious mental illness, and/or substance use disorders and are chronically homeless.   In 1992, I met David Wertheimer, currently with the Gates Foundation. David was... Read More
  • briggs vanessa
August 28th 2018

Briggs: Why Reinvent, When You Can Learn From Others While Having Fun?

Being new to GPLEX, I am excited for my first Exchange to travel to Seattle with colleagues across various sector all sharing common values:  (1) Inclusiveness - Respecting the rights, culture and values of all people; (2) Equality - Embodying the value that everyone in our community deserves... Read More
  • weiler gerber melissa
August 23rd 2018

Weiler Gerber: It’s All About the People

I’m an Economy League GPLEX devotee, having attended several exchanges – both regional explorations of our own backyard and extended journeys to other cities in the US and Canada.  I’ve also passionately recruited friends and colleagues to join the crew and both gain from and add to the experience.... Read More
  • sheehan frances
August 23rd 2018

Sheehan: Seeking Affordable Housing Solutions in Seattle

Based on my experience with GPLEX in Atlanta I’m confident that the learning in Seattle will be invaluable.   Delaware County’s towns struggle with housing issues – older homes with lead, affordability, gentrification, and community safety. Although the northwest has some different housing... Read More
  • addimando leo
August 22nd 2018

Addimando: How Does Seattle Cope With Hyper-Growth?

Who wouldn’t be interested in going to Seattle and learning more about how a city copes with the hyper growth of the fastest growing company in the history of humankind?  Whether or not Amazon comes to Philadelphia, there is much to be learned from the forced transformation that Microsoft started... Read More
  • knapp christine
August 21st 2018

Knapp: Sustainability and Social Justice In Seattle

When I head to Seattle later this fall, it will be my third such time visiting another city with the Economy League’s Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. The first time I went, to Toronto in 2012, I didn’t know what to expect, but had heard that the trips were worth the time away. I came back... Read More
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