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NEW: The GPLEX Support Fund supports emerging leaders and small organizations for whom the program's registration fees may be prohibitive. Learn more, apply, or contribute to the fund at www.economyleague.org/gplexfund.




The depth and breadth of structural racism and inequity embedded in America’s social, economic, and political systems has perhaps never been more widely apparent. The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color and the continued mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of the police have given rise to an extraordinary moment in the history of the Greater Philadelphia region, the country, and the world—a moment in which centuries of racial and economic injustice are calling out for leadership. In response to this call, the Economy League is mobilizing the cross-sector community of 1,000+ business and civic leaders who have participated in the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) to identify collaborative solutions for instilling racial equity and inclusive agility in post-pandemic 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.  


GPLEX 2020 was a “civic solutions clinic” culminating in a Solutions Showcase highlighting actionable initiatives in each of four Challenge Tracks


The GPLEX Pivot 


The Economy League was planning to take 150 cross-sector leaders to Detroit in October 2020, to learn about that city's remarkable renaissance and significant challenges, and take back lessons to Philadelphia.  Of course, in March 2020, as GPLEX planning was beginning, we went into COVID-19 lockdown and had to cancel the Detroit plan.  The lockdown ground the economy to a virtual halt, with weight falling disproportionately on the shoulders of Black and Brown Philadelphians.  Two months into lockdown, the viral video of yet another Black man killed by police set off a powerful and durable resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement, further highlighting the racial inequities and inequalities in our region and country and the need for concrete, actionable solutions to our region’s deep-seated racial equity issues. 


At this extraordinary moment in the history of the region, the country, and the world, a moment in which centuries of racial and economic injustice are calling out for leadership, there is no more opportune time to convene our GPLEX community around deep racial equity work.





Participants worked through a structured curriculum with support from issue-area experts to design cross-sector civic solutions within the following tracks: 


Housing & Community Development Equity 

How to recapture some of the value lost by Black and Brown Philadelphians due to decades of policy choices? 


Workforce Equity 

How can we facilitate equitable access to workforce opportunities for Black and Brown Philadelphians? 


Transit Equity  

How to ensure equitable mobility solutions for Black and Brown Philadelphians so that they can participate fully in the labor market? 


Small & Diverse Business Equity 

Black and Brown-owned businesses in Philadelphia and elsewhere were in precarious shape before the pandemic and have been disproportionately impacted by it.  How can we create a more robust ecosystem to support Black and Brown-owned businesses and start to address the yawning racial wealth gap that is in large part a function of low rates of Black and Brown business formation and growth?






Application Period & Selection Process  
July 2020 -August 21 The GPLEX 2020 application period will run from July 2020 - August 14, 2020. Our Recruitment & Selection committee will reach out to its networks to encourage applications and assist with selection of a diverse cohort. Applicants will be notified of their selection by August 25.  Applicants will be asked to rank order their preferences for participation on a team of 20-30 participants in one of the Challenge Tracks. 


Formation of Challenge Teams  

August 24-September 15:  Accepted participants will be assigned to a team.  Each team will have trained workshop facilitators who will help keep participants on task over the four-week period of the program. 


Briefing Materials Distributed/Teams Begin to Convene 

On September 15, participants will receive a syllabus for the program and briefing materials that will allow them to begin to immerse themselves in their Challenge Track.  Team facilitators will reach out to team members to convene ice-breaking virtual happy hours.  


THE GPLEX 2020 Program 




Week of October 12Understanding Racial Equity in Civic Systems Tools for Driving Change 


  • 4 hours of plenary sessions  

  • 2 hours reviewing materials 

Participants engage with foundational materials on racial equity and systems change and attend two Zoom plenary sessions focused on racial equity and systems change featuring local and national experts. 


Week of October 19Getting to Know the Civic Ecosystem Specific to Your Challenge Track 


  • 2 hours of seminars  

  • 2 hours reviewing materials 

Participants engage with materials on the existing landscape and needs related to your Challenge Track and participate in a track-specific Zoom seminar with regional and national experts focused on gaps and opportunities, power mapping, and interdependencies with other tracks. 




Week of October 26Reviewing the Existing Solutions Landscape  


  • 2 hours of seminars  

  • 2 hours reviewing materials 

Participants engage with materials on existing cross-sector collaboration, bright spots & failures relevant to their Challenge Track and participate in an interactive Track-specific seminar focused on probing what works and what doesn’t with experienced practitioners from Greater Philadelphia and beyond. 


Week of November 2: Developing a Solutions Set 


  • 2-4 hours working with Team 

Trained facilitators guide teams through a structured process to map the team’s assets and influence and start the ideation process toward solutions.   



Week of November 9: Selecting and Refining Your Solution


  • 2-4 hours working with Team

Trained facilitators guide each team through a structured process to develop an actionable proposal and prepare to present at the Solutions Showcase.

November 13: The Solutions Showcase


  • 2 hours for showcase event

Teams will gather at a virtual interactive event to pitch their solutions to their peers. Participants will select one solution as “best in show.” 

Post-GPLEX Solution Support 

Support from the Economy League’s Impact Labs (post-GPLEX) 

The GPLEX 2020 “Best in Show” Solution will receive strategic and implementation support through the Economy League’s Impact Labs.  

Ongoing promotion by the Economy League and GPLEX partners (post-GPLEX) 



PLEASE NOTE:  The Challenge will be conducted in compliance with CDC regulations and social distancing orders which will be routinely assessed as public health considerations may shift over the course of the Challenge. 



An initiative of the Economy League, the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) is dedicated to building our region’s civic muscle, developing leaders of business, civic, and government organizations into visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world-class region. Over the past 15 years, the Leadership Exchange has developed into one of the premier leadership development programs in the region, annually attracting applications from established and emerging leaders across sectors. Through in-region programming and out-of-region learning visits, GPLEX exposes leaders to new insights and ideas, forges new connections across sectors and industries, and deepens participants’ understanding of Greater Philadelphia’s potential. GPLEX has traveled to Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In 2020 we had planned to take 150 leaders to Detroit, but the pandemic forced a pivot.


GPLEX exposes leaders to new insights and ideas, forges new connections across sectors and industries, and deepens participants’ understanding of Greater Philadelphia’s potential. Since its inception in 2005, participants have consistently given the experience top marks for exposure to new information and ideas, building connections, and strengthening a community of leaders who are shaping the region’s future. 

GPLEX alumni are a diverse group of established and rising leaders, truly some of the region’s best and brightest.  Of the 247 members of the 2019 GPLEX cohort, for example, more than half are women, one-third leaders of color, one-third from the private for-profit sector, half from the non-profit world, and the remainder hailed from government.  They work in a wide variety of industries including tech, media, law, finance, architecture, arts, healthcare, and education; about 40% are from organizations with revenues under $10 million.  


There is considerable latent potential within the GPLEX alumni network, and according to our exit surveys they are eager to be activated. The Economy League consistently fields inquiries from alumni interested in finding opportunities to activate the knowledge and relationships they develop through the Leadership Exchange. While there have been a few examples of civic innovation that have sprouted organically from GPLEX (notably Made in PHL and the Metro Caucus), increasing the level of activity that emerges from the Leadership Exchange will require more structured opportunities and incentives for participants to develop and test their ideas. 



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Sheila Ireland

Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, Department of Labor and Industry at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Anne Nevins

President, PIDC

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Rafael Carrasco

Vice President, Waste Management

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Malik Brown

Executive Director, Graduate! Philadelphia



Toby Abdul-razaq

Route Manager

Waste Management

Idris Abdul-Zahir

IT Director

City of Philadelphia

Adriana Abizadeh

Executive Director

Kensington Corridor Trust

Jeffrey Abramowitz

Executive Director of Reentry Services

JEVS Human Services

Kristen Angelucci

Executive Director of Story and Community

P'unk Avenue

Carol Austin

Executive Director

First Up

Neil P. Bardhan

Director, Applied Storytelling

First Person Arts

Stuart Bass


Progress Worx, LLC

Peter Blau



David S. Blum


Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Anne Bovaird Nevins



Tracy S. Brala

Vice President, Ecosystem Development and Executive Director, Venture Cafe Philadelphia

University City Science Center

Amara Briggs

Senior Vice President & Loan Team Leader

Wells Fargo

Phil Brooks

Director, STEM Workforce Partnerships

University City Science Center

Malik Brown

Executive Director

Graduate! Philadelphia

Liz Brown


Fawns Leap

Reginald M. Browne


Global Trading Systems (GTS)

Luke Butler


Thriving Mindsets

Dr. Leon D. Caldwell

Founder and Managing Partner

Ujima Developers and Community Transformation Partners

Justin Campbell

Director, Billing Strategy & Deployment


Chrystina Cappello

Senior Manager


Rafael Carrasco

Area Vice President

Waste Management

Jennifer Carroll

Program Officer, Human Services

Connelly Foundation

Rev. Carolyn C. Cavaness


Bethel AME Church of Ardmore

Chris Cera


Arcweb Technologies

Steven Chintaman

Senior Associate

Bellevue Strategies, LLC

George JS Choe

President & CEO

Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation

John Colborn

Chief Operating Officer

JEVS Human Services

Jeffrey Cooper

Vice President for Government and Community Affairs

University of Pennsylvania

Lynne Cutler

Executive Director/Founder

Women's Opportunities Resource Center

Bernard Dagenais

President & CEO

Main Line Chamber of Commerce

Alexandra Dailerian

Executive Director, Community Impact


Gilbert Davis

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Carol J. de Fries

Vice President, Workforce & Economic Innovation

Community College of Philadelphia

Kristyn DiDominick, MSW


Bucks-Mont Collaborative

Beth Diffley


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Danielle DiLeo Kim

Executive Director


Geoff DiMasi

Chief Partnerships Officer


Cory Donovan

Executive Director


Eriks Dunens


Social Venture Partners Philadelphia

Jimmy Duran

VP Business Lending


Latoya Edmond

Vice President of Workforce Development & Economic Innovation

Philadelphia OIC

Qamara Edwards

Director of Business & Events

Sojourn Philly

Anne Fadullon

Deputy Mayor, Planning & Development

City of Philadelphia

Marcelo H. Fernández-Viña


The Pew Charitable Trusts

Jill C Fink

Executive Director

The Merchants Fund

Brittany Forman


Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Lyndsey C. Fox

VP, Strategy

Allen & Gerritsen

Andrew Frishkoff

Executive Director

LISC Philadelphia

Gwyneth Gaul

Senior Director Strategic Partnerships & Community Impact

Comcast NBCUniversal

Donald Guy Generals


Community College of Philadelphia

Tom Ginsberg

Senior Officer

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert L. Givens III

Strategic Initiatives Manager

The Lincoln Center for Family and Youth (TLC)

Tyrique Glasgow

Executive Director

Young Chances Foundation

Peter Gonzales

President and CEO

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Peter M. Grollman

Senior Vice President, External Affairs

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Gianna Grossmann

Director of Workforce Partnerships and Collaboration

City of Philadelphia- Commerce Department

Leonardo Antonio Guercio

Engagement Manager


Nicole Haddad


Lobo Mau

Beth Hare


Criterion Search Group

Tess Hart

Co-Founder & CEO

Triple Bottom Brewing

Danya Henninger


Billy Penn at WHYY

Aiisha Herring-Miller

Senior Director

Office of Economic Opportunity

Philadelphia Department of Commerce

Emma Hertz

Director of External Affairs

HealthSpark Foundation

Christian Hetrick

Staff Writer

Philadelphia Inquirer

Charnelle Hicks



Karla Hill

Deputy Director for Human Resources and Administration

City of Philadelphia - Department of Planning and Development

Alex Hillman


Indy Hall

Dyshaun Hines

Global Programs Director

Philadelphia Global Identity Partnership

Dawn Holden Woods

Chief Social Services Officer

Public Health Managment Corporation (PHMC)

Judge Renee Hughes

President & CEO

Philadelphia OIC

Marcus Iannozzi

Founder and Principal

Message Agency

Malcolm J. Ingram, Esq.


Jackson Lewis P.C.

Sheila D. Ireland

Deputy Secretary, Workforce Development

Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Labor and Industry

Ali Jaffar


Key Medium

Joel A. Johnson, AICP, P.H.M.

Executive Director

Montgomery County Housing Authority

Russell Johnson

President, CEO

HealthSpark Foundation

James Johnson-Piett

Principal and CEO

Urbane Development

Jocelyn Jones Arnold

Deputy Director

City of Philadelphia, Office of Grants & Community Partnerships

Joshua Klaris

Executive Director

North10, Philadelphia

Gregory R Krykewycz, PP, AICP

Associate Director, Multimodal Planning

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Casey Kuklick

Director of Strategy, Planning, and Partnerships

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Hugh Lavery

Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Ade Lawal


Express Employment Professionals

Myriam Leriche

Collection Operations Manager

Waste Management

Ellen Lissy Rosenberg

Senior Associate, Community Partnerships

Santander Bank

Marcos R Lopez


Exude, Inc.

Yocasta Lora

Associate State Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach


Diana Lu

Germantown Info Hub Coordinator

Klein College of Media and Communication

Temple University

Mo Manklang

Policy Director

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Paul Markowich


Firstrust Financial Resources

Sharmain Matlock-Turner

President & CEO

Urban Affairs Coalition

Dave Maynard

Policy Advisor to CM Thomas

Philadelphia City Council

David V. McComb

Senior People Advisor

Waste Management

Melanie O. McCottry

Vice President, Corporate Communications and External Affairs

Philadelphia Gas Works

Dr. Kimberly McGlonn

CEO & Creative Director

Grant Blvd

Shua-Kym McLean

Senior Analyst

PFM Group Consulting

Hans L Menos

Executive Director

Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission

Anthony B. Miles

Fund Manager & RE Developer

TPP Capital Management Group LLC

Dr. Michael Mittelman


Salus University

Sara Molina-Robinson

Chief Educational Services Officer

Public Health Management Corporation

Lynette Moore

Director, Quorum

University City Science Center

Tanya T. Morris

President & Founder

Mom Your Business

Shirley Moy, MSW

Executive Director

Temple University / Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative

Yasmine Mustafa

CEO & Co-Founder

ROAR for Good

Natalie Nagele



Monique Nesmith-Joyner

Procurement Commissioner

City of Philadelphia

Lauren Nestler

Chief Communications and Strategy Officer

Public Health Management Corporation

Tiffany M. Newmuis

Senior Manager, Campus Experience

Comcast, NBCUniversal

Shani Newton


Dollys Boutique

Sena Owereko

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Peirce College

Tina Pagotto


Bethesda Project

Joshua Dann Park

Senior Manager, Employer Services

University City District

Carol Horne Penn

Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Relations

Clemens Construction Company, Inc.

Rhashidah Perry-Jones

Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

SELF, Inc.

Claire Pope

Program Manager

Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative

Arun S. Prabhakaran

Executive Vice President

Urban Affairs Coalition

Nicole Pumphrey

Deputy Director

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Sulaiman Rahman



Dan Rhoton

Executive Director

Hopeworks Camden

Karima N. Rose, Ed.M.

Executive Director

First Step Staffing

Clayton Ruley

Director of Community Engagement & Volunteer Services

Prevention Point Philadelphia

Patricia Sanford

CEO and President

Alexander Perry Inc.

Eleanor Sharpe

Deputy Director Dept of Plan & Dev; Executive Director City Planning Commission

City of Philadelphia Dept of Planning and Development

Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Maura Shenker


Temple University Small Business Development Center

Nefertiri Sickout

Acting Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

City of Philadelphia - Mayor's Office, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Laura Slutsky

Executive Director

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia

Leslie Smallwood


Mosaic Development Partners LLC

Jay Spector

President and CEO

JEVS Human Services

Russ Starke


Think Company

Christopher Strom


Corona Partners Real Estate

Javier Suarez

VP, Strategic Partnerships

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Zabeth Teelucksingh

Executive Director

Global Philadelphia Association

John Touey


Salveson Stetson Group

Edward P Trainor

Advisory Principal

Deloitte LLP

Adolf Unoarumhi

Senior Director


Leigh Whitaker

Director, City Relations

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Janelle L. Williams

Associate Dean

Widener University

Samantha Wilson Jones

Board Chair

KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Maria J. Wing

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Delaware River Port Authority

Stacey Woodland

Chief Executive Officer

YWCA Tri-County Area

Melody N. Wright

Owner & Principal

SAY/DO Strategies

Kelley Yemen

Director of Complete Streets

City of Philadelphia, Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability

David Zellers, Jr.

Director of Commerce

Montgomery County Commerce Department




The Economy League is dedicated to building inclusive GPLEX programming that brings a diversity of perspectives to Philadelphia's civic conversations. This year, we are proud to introduce the GPLEX Support Fund, which aims to offset the financial burden of GPLEX for participants for whom this is a limiting factor. We realize that a $500 participant fee is not feasible for every civic leader or organization, and that we have a community of alumni, board members, participants, sponsors, and supporters who are eager to contribute to a more equitable and diverse GPLEX experience by offsetting these financial needs.


Please consider donating to the GPLEX Support Fund, so that we can include a broader swath of Philadelphia's leaders in GPLEX programming and accommodate their much-needed perspectives.


Access to these spaces and connections is more vital than ever and, with your help, we can offer it to more of Philadelphia's leaders.




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