Local business leaders met and networked with association representatives from future Philadelphia meetings and conventions, at The Rittenhouse Hotel in the city, 14 February. They were all guests at the sold-out 12th Annual PHL Diversity Business Opportunity Luncheon.
PHL Diversity, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), works to raise the city’s profile as an ethnically diverse convention destination, and creates opportunities for local diverse businesses to connect with, and benefit from, the many meetings and conventions that the bureau secures for Philadelphia.
A panel discussion at the luncheon offered insight on how to approach contracting, exhibiting, and the RFP process. The session was moderated by Nydia Han of 6abc and the panel included Kevin J. Johnson, meeting planner for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Jonathan D. Lovitz, senior vice-president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and Kenny Roberts, director of corporate affairs of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Luncheon also featured an awards ceremony, which included the presentation of The PHL Diversity ‘Bring It Home’ Award, which recognises those who bring multicultural conventions to the city.
Proceeds from luncheon support the Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship Fund. Inspired by former PHLCVB president & CEO Jack Ferguson, the Fund works to ensure that a minority meeting professional can attend the Annual MPI World Education Conference. The Fund also provides monetary support to Philadelphia college students studying hospitality, tourism and/or culinary arts to attend the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) Annual Conference.