"We're all in this together, within a wonderful community like no other."
Craig L. Adams '00, Board President President, PECO
"It all begins with trusting the room that has yet to assemble."
Reverend Bill Golderer '10 Pastor, Arch Street Presbyterian Church
"Thank you, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, for bringing me home, full circle."
Cathy Cahill '09 President & CEO, Mann Center
"The most impactful part of the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia program, the Favor Bank, was discussed early on that first day. What a simple, yet mind-blowing, concept."
Debbie Campbell '11 Vice Dean, Fox School of Business Temple University
"I feel like a different person."
Christy Deutsch '12 Sole Member, Deutsch Commercial Real Estate Law
"Some part of me always assumed that deep down we are all built the same way, but I now know in more than an intellectual way that this is not the case."
Geoff DiMasi '13 Principal, P'unk Avenue
"Most people have a longing to be heard. I love to listen, shape the story, then give it back. It amazes me that something so simple can feel so deeply gratifying."
Barbara Dundon '08 Creator, I'm Tellin' Ya!
"LEADERSHIP inspired me to leave my comfort zone…which changed everything, and led me to where I am today."
Ari Gabinet '99 District Administrator, Securities and Exchange Commission
"LEADERSHIP alums were promoted into more responsible positions within one to three years of their participation. They became more engaged in the Philadelphia community and were less likely to resign. They became better leaders, mentors, and coaches."
Teresa Gavigan '98 VP, HR and Administration, Sunoco
"The first meeting took place at our office. Around my rickety table, amidst the paints and buckets, levels and chalk, sat Marsha Perelman, Bob Yermish, Andy Toy, Frank Reed, and others – all connected through Liz and brought together as if by magic to help support this fledgling program."
Jane Golden '96 Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
"I only saw this wonderful city through the Prep’s colors of crimson and grey… LEADERSHIP let me see Philadelphia in its splendor and beauty and struggles and complexities and grit and failures and love."
Michael Gomez '11 Principal, Cristo Rey High School
"It was a year where I learned about myself, met people who became and remain important friends, and opened my eyes to this city and taught me how to be a contributing member."
Erik Hirsch '10 Chief Investment Officer, Hamilton Lane
"Generating strong portfolio returns was good for the ego, but it left me wondering, ‘What tangible, long-term value am I really creating? What difference am I making?"
Jason Ingle '04 Founding Director, Greener Partners
"A home robbery became the catalyst to a leadership legacy project."
Mary Keefe '05 Partner, MGA Partners Architects
"The power of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia extends way beyond the class, teaching us to reach beyond ourselves, to stop limiting ourselves, to play with others and to grow."
"Legacy isn’t something I’m going to wait until the end of my career to worry about. Legacy now defines my approach to leadership today."
Claire Robertson-Kraft '12 Research Director, Operation Public Education, University of Pennsylvania
"By the way, I wonder if you would do me a favor.” For Liz? For LEADERSHIP? Anything."
Alan Sharavsky '00 Partner, Whole Brain
"My life, however, had become Groundhog Day… As the year progressed, though, I started to see my job, my friends, my family, and my community in a different way."
Chris Solecki '12 Director of HR & Legal Affairs, Givnish Family Funeral Homes
"By jumping in and working with Liz full throttle, I’d meet people, sit in on meetings, and be a part of things I’d never otherwise experience. And I knew I could make an impact by bringing a unique perspective to the issues our city’s leaders face on a daily basis."
Ed Tettemer, Creative Connector Brand Strategist
"Philadelphia has given me everything, and asked me for nothing. So it’s only right that I pay it forward here."
Sozi Tulante '07 City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia
"I’m serving others and helping grow the future of our country. Because of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, I’m a better father, husband, teacher, friend, and citizen."