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104 Participants – Mayor Nutter Among Them – To Build Knowledge Base and Connections (September 18, 2008 – Philadelphia)  


What can Greater Philadelphia’s most dynamic business, government, philanthropic, and non‐profit leaders learn from their counterparts in Metro Atlanta? A lot, according to the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, organizer of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. From September 24 to 26, 2008, a diverse group of 104 leaders will learn how Metro Atlanta meets its challenges, employs best practices, and achieves success. The Atlanta visit is the culmination of a multi‐part program that included a June case‐study exercise in Norristown about the economic and workforce development complexities that communities face.  


The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange goal is to develop executives of business, civic, and government organizations into regional visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world class region.


Continuing to build a strong cohort of innovative, broad‐minded, and energetic leaders of the Greater Philadelphia region is equally important to learning from the destination, says Steven T. Wray, Economy League Executive Director.


“The diversity and breadth of our delegation is inspiring. Mayor Nutter, elected officials from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the top of region’s corporate and nonprofit sectors are going to come back with new relationships, perspectives, and ideas to benefit their constituents, companies, and communities.”


Major metropolitan regions throughout the country—including Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and Atlanta—have benefited for many years from annual leadership exchanges. This second Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange travels to Atlanta because of its long‐standing and innovative public/private partnerships and its strength in leveraging its regional assets to stimulate growth.   In particular, participants will hear from leaders in transportation, higher education, economic development, global connectivity, and sustainability.


In September 2005, the Economy League led a delegation of 72 to Chicago. They learned about efforts ranging from the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus to Millennium Park. Participants returned with a new understanding of what can be achieved in Greater Philadelphia with visionary leadership, knowledge of the tactics being used by other regions, and commitment to turning these lessons into action with measurable outcomes.  Connections fostered through the Leadership Exchange led to such outcomes as regional collaboration for the 2016 Olympics Bid, advocating and gaining dedicated funding for SEPTA, and creating a partnership to grow minority businesses to scale in Greater Philadelphia.   


Among the Metro Atlanta presenters are former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Georgia State University President Carl Patton, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation President P. Russell Hardin, Cousins Properties Chairman and CEO Tom Bell, Atlanta Housing Authority CEO Renee Glover, Hartsfield‐Jackson International Airport Assistant General Manager Arnaldo Ruiz, Atlanta Beltline Initiative President and CEO Terri Montague, Atlanta Business Chronicle Publisher Ed Baker, and  United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta President and CEO Milton James Little, Jr.  


Ray C. Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., will give the keynote address.   Interface is the world's largest producer of commercial floor coverings. In 1994, Anderson was asked to outline the multinational company's environmental vision. It didn’t have one, and that set Anderson on a mission to reduce to zero Interface’s negative environmental impact by 2020 through the redesign of processes and products, pioneering of new technologies, and elimination of waste and emissions while increasing the use of renewable materials and energy sources.  Last year, Anderson received the Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures for leading the business community in adopting practices that protect the environment yet also increase profit.


Leadership Exchange co‐chairs are Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO, Eastern PA, NJ, and DE, Citizens Bank; Sharmain Matlock‐Turner, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; and William Marrazzo, President and CEO, WHYY.  


The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange was generously funded by the William Penn Foundation, with an additional grant from the Samuel S. Fels Fund. Major corporate sponsors are Citizens Bank, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Sovereign Bank, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Additional support was provided by Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP; the CEO Council for Growth; Comcast; Cozen O’Connor, LLP; the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; and Trion. Community College of Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and The Reinvestment Fund are special session sponsors. Topical dinner hosts are Aon, Aqua America, the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center, Inc.; Montgomery McCracken, LLP; PECO; the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; PNC; Shoemaker Construction Company; and Urban Engineers.


Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange 2008 Participant Roster


  • Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Co‐Chair, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Eastern PA / NJ / DE

  • William Marrazzo, Co‐Chair, President and CEO, WHYY  

  • Sharmain Matlock‐Turner, Co‐Chair, President, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition  

  • Laurie Actman, Chief Policy Officer, CEO Council for Growth  

  • Carol Aichele, Chair, Chester County Board of Commissioners  

  • Steve Aichele, Esq., Chair, Saul Ewing LLP  

  • Steve Albertini, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Tierney Communications  

  • Andrew Altman, Director, Commerce and City Planning, City of Philadelphia  

  • Rick Altman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Radian Group, Inc.

  • Peggy Amsterdam, President, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance  

  • John K. Ball, President, Shoemaker Construction Co.  

  • Lawrence F. Bell, Director of Business Services, University of Pennsylvania  

  • Matthew Bergheiser, Program Director/Philadelphia, Knight Foundation  

  • Suzanne Biemiller, Senior Program Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts  

  • Patricia Blakely, Executive Director, The Merchants Fund  

  • James Francis Bogrette, Principal, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site, Inc.  

  • J. Blaine Bonham, Jr., Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society  

  • David William Brown, President and Founder, BrownPartners  

  • Pamela Browner‐Crawley, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Citizens Bank

  • George R. Burrell, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, PRWT Services  

  • Regina Canfield, Director of Client and Community Relations, PNC Bank  

  • Brian Clapp, Senior Vice President, Aon Consulting  

  • Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center  

  • John P. Claypool, AIA AICP, Executive Director, AIA Philadelphia / Center for Architecture  

  • Danielle Cohn, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau   Denise Collins, Senior Vice President, Holy Redeemer Health System  

  • Patricia Coulter, President and CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia  

  • Helen Cunningham, Executive Director, Samuel S. Fels Fund  

  • Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., President, Community College of Philadelphia  

  • Edward M. D’Alba, PE, President, Urban Engineers, Inc.  

  • Karen B. Davis, President and CEO, Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia  

  • Fred Dedrick, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor and Industry  

  • Liz Dow, President and CEO, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia

  • James P. Dunigan, Managing Executive, Investments, PNC Wealth Management and Institutional Investments   Phillip T. Eastman, Jr., Manager, Economic Development, PECO Energy Company  

  • Brian K. Edmonds, Managing Principal, Concordis Key Advisors  

  • Carol S. Fixman, Executive Director, Philadelphia Education Fund

  • Mark J. Foley, Esq., Chair, Labor Employment Practice Group, Cozen O’Connor  

  • Earl R. Gage, Mayor of Salem, NJ and Salem County Administrator

  • Melissa Weiler Gerber, Executive Director, WOMEN'S WAY  

  • Nancy Gilboy, President and CEO, International Visitors Council of Philadelphia  

  • Terry Gillen, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia

  • Sallie A. Glickman, CEO, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board  

  • Bill Green, Councilmember, At‐Large, City Council, City of Philadelphia  

  • Melissa Grimm, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, Aqua America  

  • Anuj Gupta, Dep. Director for Performance Team, Office of the Managing Director, City of Philadelphia  

  • Elinor Haider, Deputy Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia  

  • Kimberly A. Hall, President, Chester County Historical Society  

  • Beverly A. Harper, President and CEO, Portfolio Associates, Inc.  

  • Michael E. Harris, Associate Vice President, University of Pennsylvania  

  • Patricia A. Hasson, President, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley  

  • Joseph M. Hoeffel, Commissioner Vice Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

  • Feather O. Houstoun, President, William Penn Foundation  

  • Mark Alan Hughes, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

  • Ernest E. Jones, President and CEO, Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation

  • Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., Senior Vice President, Government, Community, and Public Affairs, Temple University Paul R. Levy, President and CEO, Center City District  

  • H. Craig Lewis, Esq., Vice President, Norfolk Southern Corporation

  • John MacDonald, President and CEO, Impact Services Corporation

  • Jerry J. Maginnis, Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP  

  • Marianne Martelli, Vice President, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

  • Shawn McCaney, Program Officer, William Penn Foundation

  • Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr., Dir., Inst. for Public Affairs, Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University Bruce Melgary, Executive Director, The Lenfest Foundation

  • Gregg R. Melinson, Esq., Chief Marketing Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Mia Mendoza, President and CEO, Mendoza Group  

  • Athena D. Merritt, Staff Writer, Philadelphia Business Journal  

  • Elizabeth K. Miller, Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative  

  • John Miller, Principal, Braithwaite Communications  

  • Thomas G. Morr, President and CEO, Select Greater Philadelphia

  • Jeffrey L. Nash, Freeholder, Camden County Board of Freeholders and Vice Chair, DRPA

  • Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

  • Kathleen O’Brien, Esq., Partner, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP  

  • Anne O'Callaghan, Executive Director, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

  • Natalye Paquin, Esq., Executive Vice President and COO, Kimmel Center Bret Perkins, Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast Corp.  

  • H. David Prior, Esq., Partner, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll  

  • Pedro Ramos, Esq., Partner, Blank Rome LLP  

  • Chris Ross, State Representative, 158th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives  

  • Philip J. Santarelli, Director of Assurance Services, Parente Randolph, LLC  

  • Chris Satullo, Columnist and Director of Civic Engagement, Great Expectations, Philadelphia Inquirer  

  • Rick Sauer, Executive Director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations  

  • Mark S. Schweiker, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

  • David Seltzer, Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC Donald Shanis, Deputy Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission  

  • Frances Sheehan, Chair, Delaware Valley Grantmakers and Pres. and CEO, Brandywine Health Foundation

  • Laura Shubilla, Co‐President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.

  • John F. Smith, III, Esq., Vice Chair, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Partner, Reed Smith LLP

  • Patricia L. Smith, Director, Special Initiatives, The Reinvestment Fund

  • Phyllis Snyder, Vice President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning  

  • William Spang, Managing Partner, DC, Government and Nonprofit Leader, Mitchell & Titus, LLP  

  • Claudia Springer, Esq., Managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP  

  • Harris Steinberg, Executive Director, PennPraxis  

  • David Thornburgh, Executive Director, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania  

  • Andrew Toy, Chair, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation  

  • Christopher M. Veno, Principal, Trion  

  • James R. Waddington, Jr., Chair, Economy League of Greater Phila. and Dir. of Operations, Lockheed

  • Martin Kera Walter, Senior Associate, Ceisler Jubelirer  

  • Patricia Washington, Vice President of Cultural Tourism, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.

  • Laura Weinbaum, Director, Public Policy, Education & Advocacy, Project H.O.M.E.

  • Lewis C. Wendell, Executive Director, University City District  

  • Anthony J. Wigglesworth, Executive Director, Philadelphia Area Labor‐Management Committee  

  • Miles H. Wilson, Executive Vice President, People's Emergency Center  

  • James K. Wujcik, Regional President, Sovereign Bank and Freeholder, Burlington County, NJ

  • Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority  




About the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia  

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and analysis of the region’s resources and challenges with the goal of promoting sound public policy and increasing the region’s prosperity. ELGP is an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., with offices in Harrisburg, Wilkes Barre, and Pittsburgh.