Join us for the 3rd Annual Philadelphia: Working Together Breakfast, as we welcome Philadelphia?s leading experts on diversity and inclusion, as we explore both sides of the vendor-buyer relationship. Learn how hiring and buying from minority-owned, women-owned, disability-owned, and veteran-owned companies can be beneficial to your business and the community.
Parx Casino and Racing 2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA19020
Community Integrated Services
Meet the Panel: Moderator: Ron Davis, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Ronald W. Davis has experienced a stellar career as a senior executive in several important marketing, administrative and financial positions. Mr. Davis has also distinguished himself as a former professional athlete in the National Football League.
Davis was born in Camden New Jersey and attended Deptford Township High School. Davis received a football scholarship from Virginia State University. Davis received his undergraduate and Master?s Degrees from Virginia State University. He was selected All -CIAA and All-American Football Player in 1972 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Davis played professionally with several teams including the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons.
Davis has had a great career off of the football field. Mr. Davis? business career is highlighted as a Banker-Branch Manager and Bank Officer with United Virginia Bank (now Sun Trust Bank) in Richmond Virginia. Mr. Davis? hospitality career started with the Metropolitan Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau as a top Executive. Mr. Davis received special recognition in 1992 from Richmond City Council for generating millions of tourism dollars for Richmond area. He distinguished himself in several CVB positions including: President and CEO of the Oakland California Convention and Visitors Bureau and Authority and President of the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. His appointment to the Oakland position made him only the second African American in the country appointed to a Convention and Visitors Bureau position of this rank. His other executive positions include: Senior Vice President of the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Executive Director of the San Francisco Taxi Cab Commission. His most recent appointment was as Senior Vice President of Sales Marketing and Customer Satisfaction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
Mr. Davis has received many honors in his distinguished career. He was selected in 1996 as a delegate to the White House Conference in Tourism and received the Imperial Potentates Humanitarian Award, by the Prince Hall Shriners Worldwide. Mr. Davis was inducted into the Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Central Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. Davis has been featured in many publications including the Richmond Times Dispatch, the San Francisco Business Times Dispatch, the San Francisco Business times and the Philadelphia Tribune. Mr. Davis is affiliated with numerous business hospitality and community groups and serves on several Boards of Directors. Mr. Davis is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Football League Former Players Association. The Association governs the activities and benefits for over 6,000 former players. Mr. Davis is a Trustee of Mother Bethel AME Church and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity .Currently Mr. Davis is Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Community Development of Parx Casino and Racing. The Casino generates 6 billion dollars in activity per year.
Lindsay Lane was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and made the move to New York City and worked diligently to obtain her degree. While still in school and maintaining her magna cum laude status she began working at a digital marketing company which opened up an opportunity for her to move into a full-time role at a digital advertising firm as a Client Service Manager on the Procter & Gamble team where she excelled working in tandem with the Sales Director, Account Executive, Senior Client Services Manager and Sales Assistant all dedicated to the growth and maintenance of the client?s account. After three years at the agency she decided to leave New York City and return to Philadelphia where she switched industries to Information Technology Sales and Account Management. Her new role was that of Account Executive, however it wasn?t long before she moved forward rapidly in the company. Within two and a half years she was promoted three times, the first promotion being to Assistant Account Manager, followed by Partner Account Manager and then to Account Manager for the HP dedicated team. After almost three years at the company Lindsay was offered an amazing opportunity to begin working with Montage Diversity Consultants. As a firm advocate of the importance of education, this initially drew Lindsay to the role of Education and Technology Services Manager. After accepting the position and working with the team she was given the opportunity to grow into the role of Senior Education and Technology Services Manager, where she was also given the responsibility of managing the compliance reporting for Montage. Since this addition of responsibilities Lindsay now works as the Program Director for Montage Diversity Consultants and is looking forward to more new partnerships and growth.
Betsy Lee, Director of Programs and Operation, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Betsy Lee-Fong joined the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia on September 1, 2016 as the Director of Programs and Operation. During her 2.5 years she raised the Chambers brand awareness, launched the Asian American Women Business Leader and Professional signature events and increased Annual Awards Banquet sponsorship and attendees. Additional, Betsy is on the Healthy News Works Board Member and continues in the Entertainment Industry as a Production & Business Consultant for China and India Animation Companies doing business in Los Angeles.
Betsy Lee-Fong a Temple University grad majoring in Radio Television and Film is also a former TV Production Executive, producing programs for Nickelodeon, MTV Asia, USA Networks and Disney Channel Worldwide for over 25 years in Los Angeles and New York City. She was on the original team that launched MTV Asia in Hong Kong and Singapore which lead to her to travel throughout Southeast Asia, India, China and Japan. As well as launch the rebranding of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior for Disney Worldwide.
In June 2015 after 20 years with Disney Channel Worldwide as Vice President of Production Betsy decided to move back home to Philadelphia to spend more time with her aging father and family
Towanda R. Livingston, Senior Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia Towanda R. Livingston is a successful and award-winning Diversity and Inclusion Executive. She has been essential in developing, implementing and institutionalizing various diversity initiatives that range from communication, workforce, workplace to supplier/business and community outreach. Her portfolio is extensive and diverse?from initiating diversity and inclusive programs to successfully transforming diversity programs? business operations to support strategic initiatives and significantly improving the brand equity of organizations. She is a proficient all-around Executive, Diversity and Economic Development Practitioner with a highly adaptable background and exceptional leadership, communication, presentation, public speaking, project/program management and team building skills. She possesses over 25 years of solid hands-on advocacy, diversity and inclusion, economic development, strategic, business, business/professional coaching, marketing, sales and customer service experience which has successfully grew and sustained diversity and inclusion programs. As of July 2018, Towanda is the Senior Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. She serves as the primary Leader in implementing and overseeing inclusion-related programs that are guided by the City of Philadelphia?s legislative mandates and requirements.
Zach Wilcha, Executive Director, Independence Business Alliance, The LGBT Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Zach Wilcha is the first-ever Executive Director of the Independence Business Alliance, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Under his leadership, the IBA has experienced growth in membership, an increase in Board and member diversity, and innovative, new programming, including the Intersections initiative, TransWork, and a Young Professional network. His career experience includes tenures in the legal, advocacy, and fundraising industries after working in a large Philadelphia law firm, clerking for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas, and building out a Fundraising and Development department for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Wilcha has been a speaker on a number of issues including: LGBT Affairs, fundraising and development, relationship building, program development, and diversity and inclusion. In addition to working on the Legal Voter Protection team for Obama in 2008 and 2012, he has worked on developing relationships with and for a diverse array of Philadelphia-area community organizations, foundations, faith groups, professional organizations, and schools. He has sat on the Board for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia?s Young Professionals. Wilcha graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph?s University and a Juris Doctor with honors from Villanova Law School. He is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently resides in the Spring Arts District of Philadelphia.