Panelists: Greg DeShields, Executive Director, Cassandra Hayes, CEO Laura Lomax Laura brings more than 35 years of experience creating solutions-oriented programs that contribute to organizations' financial, social and environmental sustainability. Her experience includes creating innovative competency-building programs for individuals and teams in for profit and nonprofit sectors. R. Perry Monastero, CEO 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.
Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation,
Capital Development for the Division of Aviation for the City of Philadelphia
Api Appulingam serves as the Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development for the Division of Aviation for the City of Philadelphia. She is responsible for bringing innovation to its airfields and terminals and strengthening the regional economy. Ms. Appulingam oversees the 2.4 billion dollar Capital Development Program, tasked with making critical improvements and developing new infrastructure at both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). Api has nearly 15 years of experience in the aviation industry, with several general aviation and commercial service airports in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Appulingam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration in Project Management/Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. Api is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and serves on the Philadelphia Chapter’s Executive Board for Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), is the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair for the Northeast Chapter/American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) and has been recently appointed to the March of Dimes Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon Board.
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!!
Ms. Cassandra Hayes, CEO of Bodacious Promotions a multi-faceted promotional products company, offering corporate visibility with imprinted items, embroidered apparel, awards, recognition, safety and incentive programs.
Bodacious Promotions celebrating its 23nd year, is certified nationally by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, (NMSDC) by the state of PA (DGS) as a “minority and woman owned” business, and by the City of Philadelphia (OEO) as a “minority owned” business. As CEO of Bodacious Promotions and Angel Principle Consulting Ms. Hayes has held memberships with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors bureau, The Multicultural Affairs Congress, Meeting Professionals International, and Center City Proprietors. Cassandra served six years on the Small Business Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and spearheaded the strategic diversity initiative for the Chamber’s membership. She was instrumental in reviving the local chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, serving as Vice President on the Executive Board and appointed to the Communication & Branding Committee of the National Board. She chaired the PR strategic planning committee of COLBSA (Boy Scouts).
In her 3nd term as board member, Cassandra currently chairs the Gov’t Affairs Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, (AFPGPC); after leaving her post as chair of the Diversity and Outreach committee for the organization. Her appointment to the Independence Mission School board (IMS) was highlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Cassandra served 2 terms on the board of WEPAC; an organization whose mission is improving childhood literacy, while also serving on the board of Penn State Outreach; which promotes urban farming in underserved communities. As a fundraiser, she helped a community CDC sustain a major grocer’s existence in what was considered a “food desert”. She served 3 terms on the board of the West Philadelphia Business Association, which is known as the business “voice” of the community; working with several local council members and state representatives. As CEO of Angel Principle Consulting, she advises nonprofits to perform with greater efficiency through strategic planning and implementation, board and fund development.
Ms. Hayes served as Executive Director of the Solomon Principle Group, a non-profit whose mission is to provide training and consultive services to Christian entrepreneurs. Bodacious Promotions, Inc. along with Exelon Corporation, were chief sponsors of the 1st Kingdom Entrepreneurs Business Plan competition which awarded prizes totaling $5000. She was invited to Wharton to lecture to the Leadership Education and Development Program for Business, and to the Philadelphia Art institute to speak to their faculty on “Networking in the Digital Age”.
Awards and Recognition:
Women’s Leadership Conference (2017) Promotional Products Assoc. International (PPAI) Essay on “Women’s Challenges in the Workplace” won all-expenses paid trip to WLC Conference and Spa.
Highlighted in the March 2005 issue of “Counselor” (the promotional products industry magazine) as one of the 10 Minority Industry Players to Watch.
Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine ( 2001) heralding her extraordinary win over 100 contestants in a Statewide Minority Business Plan Competition.
Honored by Mayor Michael Nutter (2008) during Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week with the Outstanding Service Supplier Award.
Attended the Eastman School of Music, Rochester University; graduated with a B.Mus. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Achieved her M.Mus., in Opera Performance from the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Valerie M. Jones,
Valerie M. Jones Associates
Valerie M. Jones, CFRE, has addressed audiences from Baltimore to Beijing. She has raised more than $175 million and served as a development officer before founding her firm, Valerie M. Jones Associates (VMJA) in 1998. Jones loves coaching and has taught thousands of board and staff fundraisers to ask comfortably, authentically and successfully. She’s taught board leadership and fundraising for LEADERSHIP Philadelphia since 2000 and Philadelphia’s Arts & Business Council’s Business on Board program since 2009. Amazon named her book, Nonprofit Hero, Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising, (Rowman & Littlefield) one of its Top Ten Hot New Releases for Nonprofits. A native of Maine, Jones earned her B.A. from Hamilton college and was a U.S. finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship when women were first allowed to compete.
Nonprofits ~ Jones has raised more than $175 million for the causes she champions. She’s helped clients win federal grants at five times the rate of peer applicants, secured a breakthrough sponsorship for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and took the Scott Arboretum successfully through its first capital campaign.
Corporations ~ VMJA’s corporate clients have included GMAC, the Disney Corporation and Universal Studios. She designs systems that generate significant philanthropy at little cost to the bottom line; one such strategy has generated more than $11 million for wildlife conservation.
Experience ~ Prior to founding VMJA, Jones led programs that increased giving 50%-100% for her employers: Freedom Theatre, The Philadelphia Zoo, People’s Light & Theatre Company, the Chester County Historical Society and Swarthmore College.
Speaking ~ Jones’s dynamic presentations have been featured in conferences from Baltimore to Beijing, including China’s New Museum Technologies Conference, the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference and many Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) regional and international conferences.
Leadership ~ Jones volunteer positions include Chairing of the Friends of the American Philosophical Society, serving as President of the Board of the Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania, Trinity Episcopal Church Swarthmore Vestrywoman, and Hamilton College Regional GOLD Chair.
Credentials ~ Jones is one of fewer than 10,000 Certified Fund-Raising Executives worldwide. As a CFRE she is held to a rigorous standard which must be earned anew every three years. She is a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Fellow and an alumnus of the American Express Leadership Academy.
Academics ~ She was a U.S. finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship when women were first allowed to compete. Jones earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Art from Hamilton College.
Her professional background began in 1984 and includes executive leadership, organizational and program development, marketing, and human resources management. Laura worked primarily in the health care arena, overseeing the delivery of health services to underserved communities in Philadelphia, PA and then in correctional facilities throughout the U.S from 1984 - 2001. In 2005, Laura began an entrepreneurial endeavor producing and distributing ecofriendly products, including food/beverages, home and body care. This began the focus on sustainability, corporate responsibility and adherence to the triple bottom line focusing on people, profitability and planet. In 2011, Laura created The Green Hour, a weekly radio program about health, sustainability and social justice on 900AM WURD radio in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2014, Laura joined Pearl S. Buck International to support development, then marketing and communications. In 2016, Laura became VP of Programs, overseeing educational programs, the historic house museum and public programs. She created the earned income generating Welcome Workplace, an intercultural competency program for schools and organizations to sustain a diverse and inclusive organization. The Welcome Workplace clientele grew to include school districts, banks/financial organizations, police departments, and numerous other social service, nonprofit and for profit organizations. The testimonials on this page represent samples of the program feedback.
As an IDI Qualified Administrator, Laura has performed hundreds of one-to-one sessions to debrief intercultural assessment results and co-create a personal development plan. Laura has facilitated experiential workshops for more than a thousand participants to build cultural awareness, knowledge/critical thinking and skills.
As a certified Intercultural Practitioner, Laura uses a diversity and inclusion framework to enhance individual and team performance. InterCultural Works ongoing professional development is grounded in theory and best practices, and utilizes a couching methodology.
In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from New York University, Laura earned her Intercultural Practitioner Certification from the Intercultural Communications Institute. She is licensed as a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment and certified as an Emotional Intelligence and Diversity trainer by the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute. Laura also is a certified Cultural Detective trainer and facilitator of Race and Reconciliation conversation.
A Philadelphia-area resident, Laura has traveled through West Africa, India, and Israel, where she lived in 2008-2009.
R Perry Monastero created RPM Consulting to counsel nonprofit and business leaders on how to enter a new market, strengthen a coalition, and to identify and tailor the right process for strategic growth. RPM Consulting Group brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in capacity building and marketplace intelligence to customize fundraising and philanthropic strategies.
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.
Gloria M. Pugliese, MBA, CFRE
Gloria Pugliese has over 18 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising. She has secured gifts for medical research, historic preservation, animal welfare, museum exhibitions, higher education, and human services. Ms. Pugliese has successfully increased fundraising capacity and added new positions both at La Salle University and at Gwynedd-Mercy College. In addition to her extensive work as a front line fundraiser working with individual, foundation, and corporate donors, she also has extensive consulting experience. She currently serves as Senior Development Officer at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.
Ms. Pugliese is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia Chapter having volunteered for more than 15 years with various committees. She served on the chapter board from 2006 through 2012. In 2010, she completed a two-year term as chapter president. She has presented sessions on grant seeking, ethics, presentation skills and other training topics for AFP and other groups. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2006 and became a Chartered Advisor in Philanthopy® in 2016.
Ms. Pugliese is a singer and board member with The Choristers, a concert choir in Montgomery County, PA. She also serves on the board of the Kardon Northeast Branch of Settlement Music School. She is a Rotarian, and actively involved with the Northeast Sunrisers of Philadelphia Rotary Club.
Ms. Pugliese holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Susquehanna University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Lehigh University and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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Greg DeShields, Executive Director,
Cassandra Hayes, CEO
Laura brings more than 35 years of experience creating solutions-oriented programs that contribute to organizations' financial, social and environmental sustainability. Her experience includes creating innovative competency-building programs for individuals and teams in for profit and nonprofit sectors.
R. Perry Monastero, CEO
Join us this year at Settlement Music School-Kardon NE on March 12!