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Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports

Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Center, discussed the work of his office, bringing sporting events to the city and region to boost our tourism presense and bring revenue to the area hosptality industry.  We tslked about the past year and the effects of a Super…
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Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House & Leslie Slingsby, Executive Director of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

Beth Sturman, Executive Director of Laurel House & Leslie Slingsby, Executive Director of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, discussed the relationship between domestic abuse and child abuse during National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, October.  Beth explained the services of Laurel House, offering shelter, counseling and legal services to victims of domestic abuse.   Leslie described the…
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Russ DeFuria, Lisa Leonard and Matt Breidenstein of Rotary

Russ DeFuria, Lisa Leonard and Matt Breidenstein discussed Rotary, an international fraternal organization.  They covered its 1905 founding by a Chicago businessman looking to find friends, to a service-based international organization with members in over 200 countries and regions, from a men-only in business-attire to a group that welcomes women and dresses casually.  Russ, a…
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The 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Philly

Robb Reichard, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s AIDS Fund, and, from the Missoni Center, Larry Benjamin, Director of Communications and Christie Eastburn, Care Services Assistant Director, discussed the 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Philly, raising funds for the most vulnerable HIV/AIDS patients.  Robb spoke about the changing mission of AIDS Fund, originally an organization caring for AIDS…
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Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Emi Kirschner and Tam Williams

Jennifer Lynn Robinson, President of Purposeful Marketing and President of FEMCITY Philadelphia, Emi Kirshner, President of Empress Enterprises, and Tammy Williams, President and Founder of SHE’S IT, LLC, discussed women in business, in particular, women entrepreneurs.  They spoke on the difficulty they experienced, in finding funding and in creating business networks as women.  Emi discussed…
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Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance

Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance, discussed one of the country’s largest food rescue and distribution efforts that produced over 4 million meals to the area last year.  He discussed its start, as a restaurant gleaning project, and how it grew to become a model for distributing food to the needy.  We talked about hunger…
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