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Jim Leonard, Commissioner of the Department of Records for the City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia Commissioner of Records, James Leonard, discussed the city's Archives and its recent move to new facilities.  He described the mission of the department, to maintain a record of the city's transactions and spoke of the collection's holdings which range from a 300 year+ William Penn city charter through recent land transactions. Since…
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The Barnes Foundation with guest Martha Lucy

Martha Lucy, Deputy Director for Research, Interpretation, and Education for The Barnes Foundation, discussed the world renowned  museum and art education center.  She told about Dr. Albert Barnes, a medical inventor and a self-made millionaire by age 30, and his interest in art that became a passion to educate others, especially those with little access…
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James Cuorato - CEO of The Independence Visitor Center Corporation

James Cuorato, CEO of The Independence Visitor Center Corporation, discussed Philadelphia’s unique tourist asset, the IVCC.   A combined effort of the City of Philadelphia, the two tourist boards, Visit Philly and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center coordinates tourism for local attractions, including Historic Philadelphia properties and National Parks sites.  The center, located…
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Maryanne McGerty-Sieber - Product Safety Investigator at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Maryanne McGerty-Sieber, US Product Safety Investigator, discussed the agency's work in regulating over 15,000 products, testing and investigating claims against 'everything you touch from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed.' CPSC oversees the safety of all items sold to US residents on US soil, including mail-order and online…
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Major Willie Mae Lyle, Divisional Secretary of Salvation Army in Greater Philadelphia, Susan Brotherton, Director of Philadelphia Social Service Ministries & Phil Pagliaro, Divisional Director, Marketing and Organizational Advancement

  Major Willie Mae Lyle, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia, Susan Brotherton, Director of Social Services for Greater Philadelphia, and Phil Pagliaro, Divisional Director, Marketing & Organizational Advancement, The Salvation Army, Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division, discussed the Salvation Army’s holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual –…
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Charlie Forshee From The Veterans Multi-Service Center, Jerry Flanagan From JDog Junk Removal & Alex Archawski From The Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network

Charlie Forshee, Deputy Executive Director of the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Jerry Flanagan, founder and CEO JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, and Alex Archawski, founder of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, discussing vet employment, the myths and the facts. They discussed the obstacles vets face when entering the civilian job market, a lack of career objectives…
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Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia

Amy Needle, President of Historic Philadelphia, discussed history as a tourism booster and a fun family activity.  She spoke on the vision of former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, to create destination points out of the city's historic assets. Historic Philadelphia manages the Betsy Ross House, 13 story-telling benches throughout the old city district, tours of…
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Sue Daugherty, CEO of MANNA

Sue Daugherty, RD, LDN, CEO of Manna, discussed the agency, providing food as medicine to people with life-threatening illness.  Started as a 'buddy' program that offered visitation and food for people with HIV or AIDS, it evolved as treatment allowed these pateints to live an active, longer life.   MANNA began to offer its services to…
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Carol Glazer, President of The National Organization On Disability

Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) spoke about employment opportunities - and barriers - facing the one in five Americans who have some type of protected disability.  The number - 57 million - includes any potential worker with any condition that affects his or her mental health, neurological or physical health,…
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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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