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    2019 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange participants share their perspectives on this year's Exchange in Philadelphia.

  • guzik sally
October 16th 2019

Guzik: Why I GPLEX

2019 was my first GPLEX. I moved back to Pennsylvania in the spring of 2018 and heard that GPLEX would be a great opportunity to connect with a diverse group of changemakers in the city. I wanted to meet leaders across sector, industry, and interest to learn which priorities Philadelphia leaders... Read More
  • lora yocasta
October 9th 2019

Lora: Why I GPLEXed and plan to continue GPLEXing...

Success depends upon peer-to-peer relationships. Last year was my first GPLEX, and it surpassed my expectations. Having the opportunity to network with individuals within the region and enhance my professional knowledge while exploring the fantastic City of Seattle was truly meaningful. The... Read More
  • jh headshot
September 27th 2019

Jeff's Takeaways from GPLEX 2019

Changing complex systems is not easy. At GPLEX 2019, we talked about how to tackle our region's toughest challenges. Our keynote speaker Damon Centola urged us to build stronger ties, to identify and cultivate "bridges" between networks, to create the conditions of possibility for systems change.... Read More
  • smith megan
September 16th 2019

Smith: Why I GPLEX

There is safety in silos when it comes to moving the needle in our everyday work. Marketing people talk to marketing people; hospitality people talk to hospitality folks; tech leaders talk to...you get the point. This isn’t native to Philadelphia or even D.C. (where I am very proudly from!); this... Read More
  • ostapenko yuliya
September 16th 2019

Ostapenko: Why I GPLEX

Last year, I participated in GPLEX program for the first time and what I learned and connections I made cannot be replicated with any other program that I know of. Economy League found a right creative formula for how to help connect leaders in Greater Philadelphia region. I am absolutely looking... Read More
  • liebowitz jay
September 9th 2019

Liebowitz: Why I'm GPLEXing This Year

Being new to the Philadelphia area, I feel that GPLEX will provide a unique exposure to some of the issues, challenges, and opportunities for advancing the City of Philadelphia on a number of fronts.  This semester at my university, I have organized a Fall 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series on "Jobs... Read More
  • frishkoff andrew
September 9th 2019

Frishkoff: Why I GPLEX

I attend GPLEX in the revolutionary spirit of Franklin and Shakur, not Marx: “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately” (Ben); “We can never go nowhere unless we share with each other, we gotta start makin' changes, learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant... Read More
  • emge john
December 5th 2018

Emge: Bringing the Learnings Home

Admittedly, my initial thoughts about what I might learn from participating in the Economy League’s GPLEX trip to Seattle in early October 2018 were far from what is now in my lasting impressions, more than a month later. From my perspective as someone who has spent his career with United Way, a... Read More
  • briggs amara
October 23rd 2018

Briggs: What Seattle Has Taught Us About Wealth Creation

Bringing technology jobs to Philadelphia is not enough.  True wage security comes with providing balanced skills—technical and financial literacy skills—to all.   On my flight to Seattle to attend GPLEX, I reviewed my Briefing Book, which provided statistics on median income and employment.... Read More
  • rhodes william
October 19th 2018

Rhodes: Washington State’s Citizen-Led Referenda are an Advantage for Solving Local Problems

    During our recent visit to Seattle through the Economy League's Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, we heard about the challenges and successes experienced by civic leaders there in addressing local needs such as transportation, homelessness, and affordable housing.  We listened to... Read More
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