CEO & Founder, Saxbys
Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEOs" or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a social impact company fueled by amazing food, beverage and hospitality. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based business with a singular mission: Make Life Better.
Vice President, The Enterprise Center
Kim began working for The Enterprise Center in 2014 and is currently a Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. This opportunity allows Kim to facilitate community and economic development opportunities in West Philadelphia that support entrepreneurship. In 2006, The Enterprise Center opened the Center for Culinary Enterprises which is a commercial kitchen incubator for food entrepreneurs. Kim is responsible for setting organizational strategy, raising funds, wrangling staff and businesses, developing and managing strategic partnerships, and generally managing the chaos. Kim's prior professional experience includes owning successful document management company named Disaster Planning & Recovery. Her role encompassed the coordination of strategies and tactics, implementation and operations in the field, planning, budgeting and achieving financial results. She has an undergraduate degree from Temple University, a MBA from Drexel University and graduate of the Leading for Change Fellowship at Drexel University.
Proprietor, Han Dynasty
Taiwan-born Han Chiang is the proprietor of Han Dynasty, a Philly-founded Sichuan Chinese restaurant with multiple locations across Pennsylvania and New York. Known for his outspoken views and obsession with customer service, Chiang has been featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover as well as VICE Munchies.
President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Bill serves as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), where he oversees the organization’s work to fight poverty by investing in youth success and family economic stability. Bill leads UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, to end intergenerational poverty in our region. Bill serves as senior pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, he was the founder of Broad Street Ministry, which enables cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness, and has become known for the inclusive service it extends to community members in need. As a result of his work at Broad Street Ministry, Bill also had the opportunity to co-found Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for-profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that creates jobs and returns revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.
General Manager, Reading Terminal Market
Anuj Gupta is currently the General Manager of the historic Reading Terminal Market. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the nearly 80 merchant market’s day-to-day operations including leasing, marketing, special events, as well as guiding the non-profit corporation’s strategic direction. Prior to this role, Anuj served as Executive Director of Mt. Airy, USA. Prior to this position, he served in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s administration in a number of roles including Chief of Staff of the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and Deputy to the Managing Director. Prior to joining Mayor Nutter’s administration, Anuj was an attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP where he practiced in the firm’s real estate/affordable housing group from 2004-2007. In 2013, Anuj also opened his own restaurant – Jyoti Indian Bistro – a fast-casual south Asian restaurant in Mt. Airy.
Founder & Co-Owner, High Street Hospitality Group
Ellen Yin is the founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG), which operates several of the most noteworthy restaurants in Philadelphia. In the two decades since launching the pioneering Old City bistro Fork, Yin has become a civic leader in the neighborhood, and serves on the boards of several arts and education nonprofits.