The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) is an initiative of the Economy League dedicated to convening leaders of business, civic, and government organizations
Through year-long in-region programming and bi-annual out-of-region conferences in other major US cities, the Leadership Exchange and GPLEX360 programming exposes leaders to new insights and ideas, forges new connections across sectors and industries, and deepens participants’ understanding of Greater Philadelphia’s greatest assets. Since the inception of the Leadership Exchange in 2005, participants have consistently given the experience top marks for exposure to bourgeoning economies and ideas, building connections, and strengthening a community of leaders who are shaping the region’s future.
Participation in the Leadership Exchange is a competitive process with a goal of representing the geographic, demographic, sector, and industry diversity in the region. To be eligible, applicants must live and/or work in the Greater Philadelphia region and serve in a leadership role in a business, nonprofit, or government organization.
2021 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
The GPLEX Leadership Exchange returned in person on October 25th-27th. A select group of leaders had an opportunity to come together and share ideas about how best to create civic muscle in a post-pandemic world while also being invited to explore the Philadelphia region.
2020 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
In October and November 2020, a select group of GPLEXers came together to learn how systemic racism manifests itself in the region’s housing & community development, workforce, transit & mobility, and small & diverse business ecosystems and forged collaborative paths to dismantling inequity in Philadelphia.
2018 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: SEATTLE
October 1 - 3, Philadelphia leaders traveled to Seattle to see how the city works, moves, and thrives - and critically, how it deals with major challenges.
2017 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
On October 12-13, 235 Greater Philadelphia leaders gathered to learn, share ideas, and explore our region with new eyes.
2016 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: LOS ANGELES
On September 25-28, 132 cross-sector Greater Philadelphia leaders traveled to Los Angeles for a learning and leadership exchange in the City of Angels.
2015 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
For this special edition of the Leadership Exchange, the Economy League reflected on lessons from a decade of GPLEX.
2014 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: BOSTON
On October 5-8, 115 emerging and established leaders experienced a comprehensive learning visit to Greater Boston.
2013 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
On October 24-25, a cohort of emerging and established leaders from diverse sectors, industries, and counties, came together for a day and a half of learning and networking in Philadelphia.
2012 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: TORONTO
On July 15-18, emerging and established leaders traveled to Toronto to examine the forces behind its evolution from important Canadian city to top-ranking international capital.
2011 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
On October 21, 2011, more than 150 leaders from Greater Philadelphia’s business, civic, and government communities delved into the theory and practice of making tough change happen in complex organizations and regions.
2010 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: BAY AREA
The 2010 Leadership Exchange brought participants to the City by the Bay for three action-packed days of panels and speakers as we explored the Bay Area's strengths, weaknesses, and visions for the future, building a foundation for future collaboration in the Greater Philadelphia region.
2009 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: PHILADELPHIA
At the 2009 Leadership Exchange on September 10, 150 executives in business, nonprofit, and government organizations discussed the future of our region and the global trends and forces that will influence and shape it.
2008 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: ATLANTA
September 24-26, participants traveled to Atlanta to learn first-hand how the city's leaders collaborate to ensure regional prosperity and sound public policy.
2005 LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: CHICAGO
In September 2005, the Economy League led a delegation to Chicago on the first-ever Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.