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    October 12-13, 2017

    National Museum of American Jewish History

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October 12-13, 2017

National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia



What is the Leadership Exchange?

The Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange is an initiative of the Economy League to develop leaders of business, civic, and government organizations into visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world class region. Through in-region programming and out-of-region learning visits, the Leadership Exchange provides a unique opportunity for participants to build connections with top business, civic, and governmental leaders and to develop a deeper understanding of the Philadelphia region. Since the inception of the Leadership Exchange in 2005, the program has had a strong track record of exposing participants to new insights and ideas, forging connections across sectors and industries, and strengthening a community of leaders who are shaping the region’s future.


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2017: New Models for Addressing New Challenges

The 2017 exchange focused on the dramatic transformations taking place in many of our core institutions and leading businesses. In Greater Philadelphia and across the U.S., bedrock institutions ranging from government to philanthropy to the media are being forced to change the way they operate. We heard from forward-looking local and national leaders in mediaphilanthropy, business, and government who are coming up with novel approaches to stay competitive amidst evolving pressures.


The exchange explored how businesses and educators are adapting their workplace and training models to reflect the changing nature of work; how nonprofits and local governments are creatively mobilizing resources in the face of constrained public and philanthropic dollars; efforts to broaden and diversify civic engagement in our region; new media models; and much more.


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Duleesha Kulasooriya

Head of Strategy, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge

Duleesha Kulasooriya is the head of strategy for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge – a San Francisco-based management research institute exploring the edges of business and technology. Over the past few years, they have explored how the world is changing in very dramatic ways as a result of ever evolving digital infrastructure and its implications to us as individuals and institutions.


Duleesha has researched, written and spoken extensively about emerging business landscapes, rethinking the roles of individuals, firms and society, practices to build your ‘future-ready’ muscles and about relevance of ‘edges’ such as the Maker Movement, the Sharing Economy and Burning Man. His work is the result of learnings and reflections of straddling both cores and edges - being embedded and influencing each to evolve new frames and insights.


Duleesha has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Engineering and BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.



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Sandra Clark

Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY

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David Boardman

Dean, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University

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Mayor Jim Kenney

City of Philadelphia

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Charles Levesque

President & Executive Director, Depaul USA

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Jennifer Maher

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Benjamin's Desk

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Maari Porter

Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, City of Philadelphia

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Matthew Riggan

Co-Founder, Sustainability Workshop

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Jameel Rush

Director, Organizational Development, Day & Zimmerman

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Nadya Shmavonian

Director, Nonprofit Repositioning Fund

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Lisa Wong

Senior Fellow, Governing Institute



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Steven Scott Bradley

President, Bradley & Bradley

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Donald Generals

President, Community College of Philadelphia

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James Markham

AVP, Pennoni

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Siobhan A. Reardon

President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia


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