Meet our 2023 Co-Chairs:
Our Co-Chairs are the front-facing leaders of GPLEX each year. They head up cohort recruitment and selection, inform conversation, and steward our group of impressive leaders throughout the conference week. These "leaders of leaders" have undoubtedly impressive resumes...and some thoughts about how to make real change for our region through the GPLEX program.
City of Philadelphia, Deputy Mayor, Planning
Anne Fadullon is the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Development, a cabinet level position in the City of Philadelphia. Her department promotes well-planned neighborhoods with engaged residents, affordable housing options, protected historic resources and public art.
Anne has 30 years development experience in both the public and private sectors. She has developed affordable, mixed-income, market-rate and mixed-use projects.
Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Lehigh University. She has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
"GPLEX presents a unique opportunity to gather and connect with the city’s thought leaders in an environment that truly fosters collaboration and creativity. Opportunities to learn together over a period of days are few and far between. Too often we gather for a morning or afternoon seminar or event, are presented to and then allowed a half hour before or after the event to converse. GPLEX provides the space to spend real time together, to have deeper conversations and to discuss the issues -- both challenges and opportunities – that are impacting our city.
"This collaboration is what leads us to implementable solutions. Please join us in New Orleans to experience the culture, the music, the food, the people, and to gather with your peers to learn from each other and then apply those ideas and possibilities to your own work and to our collective work as Philadelphians. This is our time, let’s make the most of it!"
M+T Bank, Executive Director
Dominique, a native Philadelphian spent her freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She later transferred to Temple University where she received her Bachelor's degree and became more acutely aware of urban centers' socioeconomic issues. In college, she noticed poorer communities had fewer resources, like grocery stores, health centers, and quality schools. She now strives towards bridging the gap nationally for communities challenged with deep inequities.
In 2017, Dominique was featured in Generocity's, "12 people of color leading the social impact charge in Philadelphia." Additionally, she was honored by The Philadelphia Inquirer where she received the 2019 millennial philanthropist of the year, as the next generation of leaders in philanthropy. Most recently, the Social Innovation's Journal honored her as a "2021 Social Impact investor" award; acknowledging her sustained commitment to our most vulnerable communities.
Dominique dedicates her time with organizations impacting economic inequality & the racial wealth gap, financial stability, youth empowerment, and arts & culture. She also currently serves as board member, and chair of the Brandywine Health Foundation's Equity committee. She's a board member of Mural Arts Philadelphia and serves as Vice President for She Can Win; an organization focused on electing more women of color into public office. Lastly, she's a 2019-2020 Connecting Leaders Fellow with the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).
"There are so many reasons I’m excited about this year’s GPLEX cohort, but I’ll summarize it with three words. Connections, Cultivation, and Compassion!
Building and strengthening connections is the magic that fuels GPLEX. This is a unique event that enables leaders to have an immersive experience in another city while sharing space with likeminded colleagues.
The GPLEX team does an amazing job curating an experience which aligns to Philly’s public, private, and philanthropic sector’s goals. The cohort should be ready to cultivate and build upon the GPLEX ecosystem. #LeveragetheNetwork
Lastly, Philly has some of the most compassionate leaders I’ve had the privilege to work alongside. Dedicated time with one another in another amazing city (Crescent City) is one of the things I’m most excited for!
"This will be my 4th GPLEX and I’m honored to be one of the 2023 Co-Chairs. See you in NOLA!"
Graduate Philadelphia, CEO
Malik Brown is a seasoned leader with a unique portfolio of cross-sector experiences. His work and impact span multiple industry sectors, including business, philanthropy, workforce development, and higher education. In his current role as president and CEO of Graduate Philadelphia, Malik is responsible for advancing the mission of adult degree completion, workforce credentialing, and community empowerment.
Over the course of his career, Malik has worked in finance, management consulting, and diversity equity and inclusion (DEI). His time with national organizations like Inroads, Accenture, and the United Way has provided him with a broad range of management insights and capabilities and workforce development credentials.
Malik is a passionate champion of social and economic mobility for vulnerable populations. He strongly believes in ongoing career development, sponsorship, and life coaching for those who are most disconnected from opportunity. He is a servant leader who is dedicated to the personal and professional development of others. Malik serves on the board of directors of Neumann University, the Economy League, Girard College, and City Year.
Malik attended Clark University in Worcester, MA where he earned his BA and MBA. Malik is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program – Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Above any other personal or professional accomplishment, Malik is most proud of his two daughters, Aleena and Myka.
"Perhaps now more than ever, we are in a season of both promise and uncertainty. Returning to pre-pandemic norms and behaviors are just not in the cards. As a city and region, we must set our collective aims toward a future shaped largely by technology and innovation and growing calls for equity and justice.
"The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) is one of the premier programs in our region. It combines the very best of executive education, professional networking, information sharing, and relationship building. At this pivotal time, GPLEX New Orleans offers a unique space to gather critical insights and generate bold solutions. As business and civic leaders, we have an opportunity to represent the voices and aspirations of our fellow citizens and claim a future that we can all be proud of."
Deloitte, Advisory Specialist Leader
With a career spanning close to 20 years, Maria J. Wing holds a consistent track record for delivering innovative strategies that have resulted in maximum profits while simultaneously providing community transparency and stewardship. Maria’s straightforward approach to procurement, government contracting, strategic planning, commercial real estate development and government policy and relations is respected throughout the industry.
Maria’s commitment to the growth of our region mirrors her devotion to the advancement of all Philadelphians. Over the course of her career, Maria has played an active role in organizations that address the social and economic needs of underserved and marginalized communities across Greater Philadelphia. Maria currently co-chairs the Friends of the Urban Affairs Coalition; and, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (“PHS”), Maria has helped lead fundraising efforts for the organization’s Roots to Re-Entry Program, which is focused on creating economic pathways for citizens re-entering society after incarceration.
As a testimony to the impact of her work, Maria has received numerous professional honors and awards. In 2011, the Legal Intelligencer name Maria a Lawyer on the Fast Track. Maria was named in Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star in Real Estate” in both 2013 and 2015. In 2014, Maria was appointed a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In 2016, Maria was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune in its Most Influential Issue as one of the 10 People Under 40 to Watch. Also in 2016, Maria was honored by the Legal Intelligencer as a Top Woman in Law. In 2019, the William Penn Foundation awarded a grant to fund Maria’s participation in Cohort 3 of the DiverseForce “On the Boards” Program, a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania FELS Institute and DiverseForce to increase the number of minority participants in nonprofit boards.
A devoted wife and mother, Maria continues to reside in Philadelphia with her husband of ten years, their eleven-year-old nephew and their five-year-old daughter
"In times of transition, leaders need space to regroup and reflect. GPLEX offers one of those rare safe spaces for Philly leaders to connect and collaborate. It is especially magical when this fellowship can occur in sister cities like New Orleans. We can learn so much from our counterparts in other cities. However, I find that these exchanges can also reveal so much about ourselves.
"GPLEX always represents for me a time to reset, renew, and refocus. Resetting goals, renewing relationships while replenishing reserves and allowing us to collectively refocus the goals and aims for our region.
"I love that we get to 'geek out' with like minded folks who are all working to bring prosperity to Philly and the region."