Also featuring: Valerie Jones, Valerie M. Jones Associates; Perry Monastero, RPM Consulting Group, LLC; Cassandra Hayes, Angel Principle Consulting, and Gloria Pugliese. Join us this year at Settlement Music School-Kardon NE on March 12!
3rd Annual Nonprofit Summit
The third annual Nonprofit Summit will focus on the importance of prioritizing diversity & inclusion on a Board of Directors and how to achieve this goal within your own nonprofit board.
Diversity within an organizations leadership level, such as a Board of Directors, is proven to boost quality of decision-making, enhance innovation, and create a more diligent and creative workplace. Having a diverse Board, which includes professionals from a wide array of backgrounds, is critical when it comes to solving problems in more inclusive and innovative ways, especially if your board is reflective of the communities your nonprofit supports. Diversity includes race, gender, sexual identity, nationality, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, veteran status, age, physical ability, and more expressions of identity.
While this initiative has been at the forefront of conversations among nonprofit professionals for years, data shows that there has not been an increase in progress based on national recruitment practices. Many organizations are still facing challenges with how to execute these practices in sustainable and transparent ways.Being one of the most diverse areas of the city, Northeast Philadelphia nonprofits experience this first hand when it comes to supporting and engaging with different communities of people, which is why having a Board of Directors that is reflective of those being served is so important.
This event will champion nonprofit organizations to make intentional decisions valuing diversity, striving for equity, and practicing inclusion when developing their Board of Directors. Our guests will hear from nonprofits who have achieved success when it comes to these efforts, as well as from expert board members of those organizations.
Greg DeShields, Executive Director,
PHLDiversity, Philadelphia Convention and Vistors Bureau
Greg DeShields currently serves as the Executive Director at PHLDiversity a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tourism and Hospitality. Additionally, Greg is an Industry Expert for Ying Mei Jia Tong International Business Consulting Co., Ltd. (Liaocheng and Tai'an, China) and adjunct instructor for Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality and Hospitality Educators.
Greg is a Graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.S. Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management; and B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management.
Professional Development Leadership Graduate: Urban League of Philadelphia, Leadership Forum 2016, Leadership Philadelphia, 2015 and Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange 2014.
His professional certifications include: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Educational Institute- Certified Hospitality Educator- 2013 Asian American Hotel Owners Association - Certified Hotel Owner 2013
Previously, Greg served as Managing Director of Business Development for Temple University Fox School of Business & School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Professionally, Greg has been a manager in the hospitality industry for such companies as Hyatt Hotel, Omni Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Korman Company, General Manager of Philadelphia OIC's Opportunities Inn: Hospitality Training Institute
Greg's Board memberships include: Center City Proprietors Association, Center City District Philadelphia, COMHAR Inc., Greater Philadelphia Hispanic, African-American Foundation, Asian- American, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of American Cradle of Liberty, Philadelphia OIC and SKAL Philadelphia. Greg is an active member of The American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and Society of Human Resources Managers
Dominique Goss, MBA, Senior Manager of Strategy & Social Impact,
Dominique is a compassionate, astute and progressive philanthropic leader in the Philadelphia metro area; who recently has been promoted to TD's Senior Manager of Strategy & Social Impact. She is responsible for aligning TD's corporate giving to its broader strategic priorities in partnership with Senior Regional Charitable Giving Managers. The TD Charitable Foundation's goal is to drive broader philanthropic impact that aligns with the bank's global corporate citizenship strategy "The Ready Commitment".
Her passion and commitment to equity and under-served communities of human diversity is demonstrated in her portfolio of work. She has pioneered efforts and championed financial giving to organizations that promote sound fiscal responsibility and innovation in the non-profit sector. Her commitment to improving the quality of life for TD's customers, colleagues, and communities is evident through her passion and partnership.
Dominique, a native Philadelphian spent her freshman year at Howard University in Washington DC. She later transferred to Temple University where she received her Bachelor's degree and became more acutely aware of urban centers' socioeconomic issues. She now strives towards bridging the gap nationally for communities challenged with deep inequities.
Dominique dedicates her time with organizations impacting economic inequality & the racial wealth gap, financial stability, youth empowerment, and arts & culture. She's a board member for the Anti-Violence Partnership, and serves as Treasurer for She Can Win Political Action Committee. Lastly, she's an active member with Emerging Practitioner's in Philanthropy and Association for Black Foundation Executives.
When Dominique isn't trying to change the world; she enjoys spending time with family, traveling with friends, and catching the newest shows on Netflix. She's an avid dancer, shopper, and food connoisseur!!
Ken Wong, President,
CIG Asia, Ltd.
The multi-dimensional Kenneth Wong represents the promise, as well as the reality of one of America's founding principles as he opens new avenues for business opportunity and active civic engagement.
Mr. Wong is a principal in NavPac Advisors, LLC that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both the US and China markets. NavPac Advisors, LLC, under the leadership of Mr. Wong, assists US entities navigate through the complexities of developing strategies and building working relationships in China. In a very short period of time, entities in China realized that NavPac Advisors, LLC could do the same for them in the US market. Today, NavPac Advisors, LLC successfully navigates entities across the Pacific, utilizing their many skills and established relationships to achieve their clients, goals and objectives.
For over 30 years, Mr. Wong can be credited with combining his business acumen, cross-cultural facility and focused management tactics to establish CIG Asia, Ltd., a successful Philadelphia, PA-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm. Under his direction as president, the company provides its diverse client base with the coverage and advice required to weather the vagaries of a complex business environment.
In 2009, Mr. Wong with the assistance of some Wall Street colleagues, founded Covenant Group of China, a US based publicly traded holding company that is partnering with China based SME's that are successfully operating in the booming China domestic economy. Mr. Wong served as the president of Covenant Group of China. In addition to knowledge of the China domestic market trends, Mr. Wong has a very strong working relationship with the People?s Republic of China government both in the United States and in China.
Mr. Wong's commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States in general, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions. As example, Mr. Wong, from 2004-2007, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the President's Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he focused on economic strategies and community development. Through Mr. Wong's efforts, both in Washington, DC and across the Nation many doors of opportunity have been opened for Asian American economic development for large and small businesses.
In May of 2012, Governor Tom Corbett of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Wong to the Chairmanship of his Advisory Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Mr. Wong's agenda includes both Economic and Leadership Development for the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.
On April 19, 2017, Mr. Wong was appointed by Acting Secretary of the Army, Mr. Robert Speer, as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In this role, Mr. Wong is a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the citizens of the United States.
Locally, his civic participation includes service on the boards of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; Williamson College School of the Trades; the American Red Cross for Eastern Pennsylvania and serving as the chair of the Services to the Armed Forces Committee; The Philadelphia Sports Congress; the Multicultural Affairs Congress; the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network; Philadelphia Hospitality; the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor's Bureau; Board of Managers of the Central High School of Philadelphia; American Heritage Federal Credit Union.
On a national basis, Mr. Wong serves as Chairman of the Board of USA Badminton- National Governing Body of Badminton- Member of the US Olympic Committee; senior advisor to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Ascend, a national Pan Asian professional organization with the mission of developing effective leaders and promoting Asian Americans in corporate America and AMSUS, The Society of Federal Health Professionals. Mr. Wong is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and participates on the Armed Services Council.
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Also featuring: Valerie Jones, Valerie M. Jones Associates; Perry Monastero, RPM Consulting Group, LLC; Cassandra Hayes, Angel Principle Consulting, and Gloria Pugliese.
Join us this year at Settlement Music School-Kardon NE on March 12!