Explore what businesses can do now to promote a more inclusive, resilient workforce.

While a majority of the conversations about automation and the future of work have highlighted potential problems, few discussions have focused on solutions. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia invite you to join us on November 6 and 7 to explore innovative business practices, public-private partnerships, and the importance of diversity and inclusion for the future of work.

The summit will be a unique cross-sector convening of key stakeholders, thought leaders, and innovators to think critically about what the future of work means for the economic well-being of Philadelphia. Please join us to be a part of this pivotal discussion.

Event Sponsors:
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
City of Philadelphia
Drexel University
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Event Supporters:
Philadelphia Chapter Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia


Day 1: Making the Investment Case


  • Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • John Fry, President, Drexel University
  • Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Citizens Bank

Rethinking Workforce Investments

  • Patrick Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia


  • Tracy Palandjian, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Social Finance

Measuring ROI: The Real Cost to Employers

  • Tara Colton, Executive Director, Seedco
  • Joel Simon, Managing Director, Workforce Strategies, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Ryotaro Tashiro, Regional Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Moderator: Soneyet Muhammad, Director, Workforce & Economic Inclusion, Drexel University

How are Philadelphia Businesses Leading for Change?

  • Rich Dunbar, Vice President, System and Solutions, Proconex Inc.
  • Nicole Tranchitella, Senior Managing Director, Accenture
  • April Walker, Director, Microsoft Technology Center, Microsoft
  • Mary Walker, Director, Talent Management and Acquisition, PECO
  • Moderator: Anne Bovaird Nevins, Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, PIDC

Spotlight on Local Partnership

  • H. Patrick Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Works
  • Bill Strahan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable

Day 2: Business Innovations for the Future of Work

Welcome and Framing

  • Sheila Ireland, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development
  • Carla Arellano, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Innovations in Hiring and Onboarding: Find the Talent Hidden in Plain Sight

  • Mark Boyd, President and Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia
  • Charlotte Lysohir, Senior Program Manager, IBM
  • Elyse Rosenblum, Principal, Grads of Life
  • Audrey Williams-Lee, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition and Philanthropy, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Moderator: Jamai Blivin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Innovate+Educate

Innovations in Upskilling: Leverage the Adaptability of Your Workforce

  • Erinn Corbett-Wright, Vice President, Charitable Foundation Program Manager, TD Bank
  • Ben Pring, Director, Center for the Future of Work
  • Shenae Simmons, Full Stack Engineer
  • Ardine Williams, Vice President of Workforce Development, Amazon
  • Moderator: Manjari Raman, Program Director, Project on Managing the Future of Work, Harvard Business School


  • Byron Auguste, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Opportunity@Work

Breakout Solutions Session

  • Moderator: Ashley Putnam, Director, Economic Growth & Mobility Project, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Innovations in Talent Retention: Putting the Human Back in Human Capital

  • Kalef Jones, Deputy Climate Manager, PowerCorpsPHL
  • Carniesha Kwashie, Director, Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Alejandro Mendoza, Human Resources Manager, Optimax
  • Colleen Nolan, Director of Human Resources, Nolan Painting
  • Moderator: Jackie Linton, President, JL HR Solutions, LLC

Closing Remarks

  • Sheila Ireland, Executive Director, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development
  • Ashley Putnam, Director, Economic Growth & Mobility Project, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia