"We're all in this together, within a wonderful community like no other."
Craig L. Adams Core Class of 2000, Board President
"It all begins with trusting the room that has yet to assemble."
Reverend Bill Golderer Core Class of 2010
"Thank you, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, for bringing me home, full circle."
Cathy Cahill Core Class of 2009
"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 Core Class of 2011, Board Member
"I feel like a different person."
Christy Deutsch Core Class of 2012
"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 Core Class of 2013
"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 Core Class of 2008
"LEADERSHIP inspired me to leave my comfort zone…which changed everything, and led me to where I am today."
Ari Gabinet Core Class of 1999
"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 Core Class of 1998, Board Member
"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 Core Class of 1996
"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 Core Class of 2011
"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 Core Class of 2010
"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 Core Class of 2004
"A home robbery became the catalyst to a leadership legacy project."
Mary Keefe Core Class of 2005
"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."
Penelope Reed Core Class of 2002
"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 Core Class of 2012, Board Member
"By the way, I wonder if you would do me a favor.” For Liz? For LEADERSHIP? Anything."
Alan Sharavsky Core Class of 2000
"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 Core Class of 2012, Board Member
"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, Board Member
"Philadelphia has given me everything, and asked me for nothing. So it’s only right that I pay it forward here."
Sozi Tulante Core Class of 2007
"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."