CEO and Founder, Saxbys
Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, he never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better.
Driven by deep-seated core values and O.D.D. (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team members, Saxbys is headquartered in Center City Philadelphia with cafés in six states and on many college campuses — and growing fast (30% a year fast). In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential learning café. The product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, it’s the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn full academic credit through a university cooperative education (co-op) program.
Mr. Bayer is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising. As a frequent guest lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Nick loves supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values.
He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Drexel University Steinbright Career Development Center and is a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2017, he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Lorraine H. Brown, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, The Temple Group, Inc.
In her role as chairman and CEO, Dr. Brown oversees the financial planning, development, implementation and management of major multimillion dollar construction projects for the firm she organized in 1985. In the 1980s, she served as deputy city managing director for the City of Philadelphia in Mayor William F. Green's administration, where she was responsible for policy, management and coordination of a third of all city services. Dr. Brown joined the Foundation Board in 2006.
Dr. Brown has served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations in the Philadelphia area, including Peirce College, WHYY public radio and television stations, Philadelphia Urban League, Walnut Street Theater, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the African-American Museum in Philadelphia.
Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and completed the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, an executive business program for chief executive officers.
George R. Burrell, Jr., Esq.
Sr. Executive Vice President/COO, Universal Companies
George Burrell is Chief Operating Officer for Universal Companies, where he works with executive leadership to improve education and the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities in Philadelphia and urban America. Mr. Burrell also is Of Council to Kleinbard LLC, where he provides strategic advice to clients on government related issues. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, a co-founder of the Penn Black Alumni Society (President) and former member of the Penn Board of Trustees.
As a young lawyer, Mr. Burrell was an associate in the Philadelphia firm Wolf, Block, where he was mentored by Ragan Henry, an African American pioneer in the broadcast industry. He has also been a partner at Obermayer, Rebmann; Fox Rothschild and Burrell, Waxman, Donaghy and Lee, a firm he founded with his friend, Rotan Lee. Mr. Burrell served in the cabinet of Mayor William Green and was elected to the Philadelphia City Council in 1987. In Council he worked to appoint the first Chief Investment Officer for the city's Pension Fund, and passed legislation that licensed vendors to operate officially on the streets of Philadelphia. As a member of the cabinet of Mayor John Street, Mr. Burrell helped implement the Mayor's vision of improving housing, education, economic opportunity and the quality of life in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Mr. Burrell was a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991.
As a business executive, Mr. Burrell was President of Sturdivant & Co., an African American-owned business that managed $1.4 billion in pension funds for national and international clients, and was General Counsel for PRWT Services, Inc., ranked among the top 100 African American owned businesses in America. Mr. Burrell co-founded Operation Understanding with former Congressman Bill Gray in 1985 to bring together African American and Jewish students to learn the historical alliance between the two communities and mold future leaders. Mr. Burrell mentors students, newly elected officials and young professionals, and hosts a quarterly breakfast for more than 100 African Americans to facilitate cross generational networking.
Mr. Burrell is a former member of the Board of the Urban League of Philadelphia (Chairman), National Bar Association (Vice President), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Kimmel Center for the Regional Performing Arts and Center City District. Mr. Burrell currently is a member of the Boards of the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (Executive Committee), the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
In 1969, Mr. Burrell was a starting defensive back for the Denver Broncos. He is a regular participant on Inside Story, a popular local television program; is married to the former Janis L. Kennedy and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
President, Child’s World America
Bill Clark is Executive Director of Child's World America, a nonprofit he founded in April 2015. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and being a catalyst for improving the well-being of children in America.
Until July 2014, Mr. Clark was the Executive Director of Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization. He held the position for nearly 13 years and was credited as being an innovator in the fight against hunger. Mr. Clark's for-profit approach to his non-profit role was criticized by some who felt his methods were aggressive and overly competitive. However during his tenure, he helped create the nation's first nonprofit supermarket, merged Philabundance with Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, and expanded its reach to nine counties in the Delaware Valley. He successfully managed the provision of 30 million pounds of food to approximately 90,000 people per week through a network of nearly 400 member agencies including food banks, shelters and more.
Mr. Clark began his career in management at food processing company Swift & Company. He then founded W.J. Clark & Co., a specialty-foods producer whose profitable sale in 1992 allowed him to retire early. Prior to joining Philabundance, he was also Partner at a small marketing and advertising company called Pinpoint.
Mr. Clark is originally from Delaware County and earned a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He lives with wife Cindy Dell Clark in Villanova. He is a supporter of Philadundance, The Nature Conservancy, Feeding America and the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
David H. Dix
Chairman and CEO, Luminous Strategies
David Dix is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Luminous Strategies. For the past two decades, David has built synergies on both sides of the aisle by working closely with Republicans and Democrats enabling him to forge broad and meaningful national relationships that lead to successful outcomes. Where there are challenges and discord, David has applied his fine-tuned skill in building consensus and buy-in from divergent groups.
As Managing Director of Luminous Strategies, David leads and directs the day to day operations of the firm’s government relations division. At both the state and federal level David manages client needs by advising corporate, nonprofit, educational and governmental stakeholders how to navigate the political and legislative process.
David’s extraordinary track record prior to forming Luminous, included serving in various key roles for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. David performed, supported and promoted the successful outcomes of PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed and current Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. In 2005, he directed the national effort to organize and elevate the political voice of minorities with the Republican Party by leading the Republican Diversity Committee.
By 2007 David Dix made a profound political transition by supporting then Senator Barack Obama's candidacy for President. He steered the fundraising efforts in Pennsylvania by serving as a finance director for Obama for America (OFA).
Of his many accomplishments during of that historic campaign, David is most proud of hosting the unprecedented and groundbreaking “High Volume, Low Dollar” fundraiser for the first time in Philadelphia that became the staple of President Obama’s fundraising strategy.
After President Obama’s successful election David collaborated with the White House and advocacy organizations such as Green for All, 1Sky, and the League of Young Voters to design a national environmental policy agenda. His efforts led to the development of federal policy that culminated in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES); moving through the House and the Kerry-Boxer Climate bill getting out of Committee.
David continued to support President Obama by serving on the OFA National Finance Committee and Co-founding Generation FortyFour or Gen44 for short, a council that empowered a rising generation of leadership for individuals under 40 years old in support of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
By 2010, David was motivated to unite his career experience, his passion of politics and public policy to launch Luminous Strategies.
As the managing director and CEO of Luminous Strategies, David strives daily to develop innovative approaches to civic engagement, advocacy and government relations. Since its inception, his firm has risen to prominence, now holding the distinction as the largest African American owned lobbying firm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Not a stranger of controversy, David made recent headlines when he hosted then Candidate Donald Trump, in North Philadelphia, for a meeting to discuss issues affecting African Americans. It was that meeting that forged a relationship with President Trump that has continued to develop and is evidenced by his recent signing of an Executive Order in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania David studied political science and marketing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was the student representative on the Board of Trustees. More Recently, David was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) he also serves as Treasurer of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board (CCP), Co-Convener for the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCoL) and holds life memberships in both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
He currently shares time between the birthplace of American Democracy, Philadelphia and the Sweetest Place on Earth, Hershey Pennsylvania.
Donald Generals, Ed.D.
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Donald Generals, a resourceful administrator and recognized advocate for community colleges providing an affordable means for students to achieve academic and career success, is the sixth President of Community College of Philadelphia. He began his tenure on July 1, 2014.
An educator and seasoned researcher, Dr. Generals is an expert on the roots of the progressive education movement in America. This concept is advanced by leading educators who believe schools must be effective agencies of a democratic society. In 2013, Dr. Generals authored a book titled, Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education. As he is drawn to the democratic mission of community colleges, he said, “Our mission demands that we pursue strategies that enable our students to achieve their goals, with the understanding that their successes serve the best interest of our economy and our community.”
A native of Paterson, N.J., Dr. Generals previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J. In that capacity, he led the development of new academic programs and the college's Education Master Plan, including an expanded mission for its Trenton campus. He also increased the programming and course offerings of the college's online instructional programs (MercerOnLine); developed its Study Abroad program; implemented an extensive redesign of its developmental education and ESL programs; and created a mini-grant program that enables faculty to design progressive educational initiatives. In New Jersey, he led the statewide effort to redesign the community college sector's General Education curriculum.
In partnership with Quad Learning, Dr. Generals introduced and implemented the American Honors Program to provide honors courses and a national transfer network to highly motivated, exceptional Mercer students seeking to enroll in top four-year colleges and universities.
Previously, Dr. Generals served as Provost at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City from 2003 to 2008, where he developed and supervised all associate degree and certificate programs. From 2000 to 2003, he was Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. He initiated and led the development and adoption of that college's Core Educational Values; led the development of two new degree programs; and served as Acting President whenever necessary. Between 1984 and 2000, Dr. Generals worked at Passaic County Community College, serving as the Dean of Student and Cultural Affairs beginning in 1995.
Dr. Generals has been active in numerous professional and service organizations, including: the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group, as chair; the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, as a Board member since 2010; the College Board, Middle States Regional Council; and the Paterson Board of Education as a former Commissioner.
A veteran teacher and student-centric administrator, he has been a featured speaker on behalf of community colleges for nearly 20 years, including a presentation to the College Board Middle States Forum titled, "Rising to the Challenge: Supporting Student Success and College Completion at Democracy's Colleges;" and earlier, another titled, "New Jersey's Developmental Education Initiative: Focusing on Student Success."
Dr. Generals earned his Ed.D. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Rutgers University after earning both his M.A. in Urban Education/Community Service and his B.A. in Political Science at William Paterson College. Additionally, he earned certificates in administrative leadership and educational management at Cornell and Harvard universities.
Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
As a true student of the game, a dynamic playmaker from the safety position, and a tireless philanthropist in the community, Malcolm Jenkins is a pillar in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room and in the communities in which he has lived, worked and played, including his home state of New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Originally selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Jenkins earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints in 2010. Malcolm joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 and lauded Pro Bowl honors with the Eagles in 2015. In 2016, as a team Captain, his impact on the field garnered his fourth NFC Defensive Player of the Week award; and in his 100th career start, became the only player in Eagles' history to register three consecutive seasons with an INT-TD.
At Ohio State University, Jenkins was a team captain and consensus All-America selection as a senior in 2008, and was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back.
In business, Jenkins has fully immersed himself in the world of fashion. In 2013, at the suggestion of his wife Morrisa, Jenkins launched his own line of neckwear and accessories called Rock Avenue Bow Ties. The line reflects Jenkins’s style and affinity for bow ties. In 2017, Jenkins launched Damari Saville, a new collection of custom clothing including ready-to-wear and made-to-measure men’s suits. Damari Saville has its storefront location in the heart of Philadelphia in Washington Square.
In February 2017, Jenkins was announced as the recipient of the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award for his outstanding charitable efforts off the field. As the winner, Jenkins received $100,000 for The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. Byron “Whizzer” White led the NFL in rushing yards in 1938 and 1940 and later served as a Supreme Court Justice from 1962-93.
Jenkins earned the Jesse Owens Influential Athlete Award by the Ohio State Alumni Association in 2012. This award acknowledges “an African-American alumnus and former student-athlete who exemplifies great character and talent, demonstrates exceptional professional success and continues to reflect the highest qualities of a consummate athlete and humanitarian.”
In an effort to enhance the lives of youth in underserved communities, Jenkins launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth by providing resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities. The Foundation is currently serving in four different states: NJ, OH, LA, and PA
In 2016, Jenkins brought his commitment to making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of youth and communities in Philadelphia with the Foundation’s educational Summer S.T.E.A.M. program.
Jenkins is also very engaged in social issues and has continued his activism as he advocates for better relations between communities and law enforcement as well as criminal justice reform. His multiple trips to Capitol Hill, the numerous speeches he’s given, and his visits to police departments and correctional facilities are a true testament to Malcolm’s commitment and desire to use his platform to have a positive lasting effect on the communities that have supported him.
Treasurer, City of Philadelphia
Rasheia R. Johnson, City Treasurer was appointed as Treasurer to the City of Philadelphia on January 19, 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science from Albright College in Accounting. She is also an alumnus of Parkway High School (Northwest), class of 1994. With over 15 years of financial experience and accomplishments, Ms. Johnson decided to leave the private sector and serve the public with the appointment as City Treasurer by Mayor Jim Kenney.
Prior to being appointed Treasurer, Ms. Johnson worked at Siebert Brandford Shank L.L.C as Senior Vice President and head of its Philadelphia office. She also worked in the municipal finance department at Loop Capital Markets in Philadelphia and previously worked for Public Financial Management in Philadelphia. Throughout her career, Ms. Johnson managed over $7 billion in transactions and has provided complex technical and analytical expertise for a variety of municipal issuers.
As City Treasurer, Ms. Johnson overseas the cash management and investments of all City funds, all custodial and commercial banking relationships, and the disbursement of City funds. In addition to overseeing the issuance of all notes and bonds on behalf of the City’s General Fund and Enterprise Funds (Airport, Gas Works, Water and Wastewater) to finance capital projects and major equipment acquisition in adherence with the City’s debt management policy, she ensures that all principal and interest is paid in a timely and efficient manner.
In addition to her financial career, Ms. Johnson finds time to give back to her community by serving on the finance committee of her local church and serving as a mentor to young women who are interested in pursuing a career in finance.
President, Fairmount Ventures, Inc.
Mr. Kligerman's in-depth expertise in strategic planning and resource development for nonprofits enables Fairmount Ventures' clients to reposition themselves in times of significant change. He's also the resident authority on evaluating and brokering nonprofit mergers and affiliations. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Philadelphia region combined with his extensive mental rolodex make him a great connector of people and ideas in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent facilitator and presenter at conferences and retreats for fundraising and nonprofit professionals as well as nonprofit boards of directors.
Prior to founding Fairmount, Mr. Kligerman was Philadelphia's Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, Deputy Managing Director and Manager of Housing Rehabilitation Programs. He is the past Board Chair of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, past President of Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and has served on innumerable boards to include Philadelphia's Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Reinvestment Fund, Women's Way, and the Lower Merion Conservancy, among others. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.
Mr. Kligerman earned a Master's degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University. He also spent a year studying Urban Design from some of Great Britain's renowned planners at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
An avid cyclist, he is happier on a bicycle seat climbing a hill than behind a desk pounding a keyboard, but manages to balance the two.
Dr. Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake
President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Rev. Marshall-Blake works with local, state and federal legislators and agencies on matters related to Independence Blue Cross, where she has been vice president of Government Relations since 1991. She has more than 23 years of experience in corporate management, public relations and communications. Previously, Rev. Marshall-Blake held the position of vice president for Government Relations and Urban Affairs at Philadelphia Gas Works.
A registered lobbyist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Rev. Marshall-Blake's people-centered approach to problem solving and project implementation has been the key to her success. Her numerous list of professional affiliations include the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association Federal Relations Committee, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the United Negro College Fund. In addition, she serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Partnership, New Horizon Education Center, Forum of Executive Women, the YMCA of Philadelphia and BEBASHI, a full-service HIV/AIDS case management agency that specializes in assisting low-income people of color. In 2008, she was named one of Philadelphia's most influential African American leaders by The Philadelphia Tribune.
Rev. Marshall-Blake earned a bachelor's degree in Human Services from Antioch College and a master's degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jill M. Michal
Vice President of Business Transformation, Independence Blue Cross
Jill M. Michal currently serves as the Vice President of Business Transformation at Independence Blue Cross, Inc. where she oversees a set of multi-year business initiatives that serve as a basis for achieving the organization’s strategic financial plan. Prior to joining Independence in 2015, Ms. Michal was the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (United Way). During her 13-year tenure, Ms. Michal led United Way through an economic recession and spearheaded the merger of seven United Ways in the Philadelphia and South Jersey regions in 2012. Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Michal spent eight years as a CPA at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in several management positions. At Andersen, she specialized in healthcare and not-for-profit clients, and performed financial statement audits, due-diligence work, bond offerings, and feasibility studies.
Ms. Michal is the parent of two young children, ages 11 and 12, and is actively involved in her community, serving as Chairman of the Board and as Chair of the Development Committee of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, and on the Board of Directors of Child’s World America, the Healthcare Executives Group, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and the Campaign for Working Families.
Albert B. Murphy, III
Senior Vice President and Head of the Private Bank, Wealth Management Division, Bryn Mawr Trust
Mr. Murphy is senior vice president and head of the Private Bank Wealth Management Division at Bryn Mawr Trust. Prior to joining Bryn Mawr Trust, he served as principal, partner and director of Marketing and Client Service at PMG Advisors, LLC and was managing director and member of the management committee of RTE Asset Management for 12 years, where he was responsible for marketing, client service, compliance and product development.
Mr. Murphy's interest in investment banking and money management began in 1975 when he joined Philadelphia National Bank. He later became a vice president in the bank's corporate division.
Involved in a number of community activities, Mr. Murphy is chair of Radnor Township's Planning Board and is an advisory board member of Rosemont Partners, a private equity fund based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.
Vice President, Community Care and Development Corporation
Ms. Ponnocks manages all aspects of program development, government relations and community affairs at the Community Care and Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization. Her previous position as senior executive vice president of Geriatric and Medical Companies, Inc., included the management of all aspects of health care services for elderly residents, program development, community relations and education and training.
As an operations executive with over three decades of experience in health and human services, Ms. Ponnocks is a staunch advocate for equality in higher education. She has dedicated her life to serving the Philadelphia community, and her vast service contributions include participation on dozens of boards and committees, such as the American Health Care Association, Governor's Council on Aging, Commission on Human Relations and the Philadelphia Crime Commission.
Her commitment to the City has been widely recognized throughout her career as she has earned numerous civic awards, citations and commendations by both public and private organizations in the area, such as the Philadelphia Fire and Police departments, the New Jersey Association of Health Care Facilities, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the Delaware Valley Philippino Community.
Founder and CEO, DiverseForce
Sulaiman W. Rahman is the Founder and CEO at DiverseForce, a high tech and high touch solution for professional workforce diversity. His career has focused on leveraging technology and events to engage, empower, and connect multicultural networks of professionals and entrepreneurs. He founded UPPN (now a DiverseForce subsidiary talent community) in 2007 and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with currently over 17,000 subscribers in the region. In 2015, UPPN was named the Philadelphia Business Journal's #1 networking organization. Sulaiman and his DiverseForce team have plans to set the standard for diversity recruiting, retention, development.
Prior to founding DiverseForce, Sulaiman successfully launched a global marketing and distribution business in the consumer goods industry. Under his leadership, his team recruited and trained thousands of independent distributors in 40 US states and 9 countries. In just 5 years, his team produced over $20 million in gross sales revenue. His leadership and business growth was recognized in industry publications such as SUCCESS from Home Magazine for achieving one of the highest tiers of global production and leadership in his first 18 months. He is now a speaker in the sales, marketing and recruiting industry, speaking on topics such as leadership, team building, networking, entrepreneurship and diversity to audiences ranging from tens to thousands of attendees.
Current Boards: Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Lendistry, TeenSharp and YearUp Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Past Boards: Chairman of African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, DE, NJ (2010-2012), PIDC (Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation), YIP (Young Involved Philadelphia) and Philadelphia Film Society.
Awards/Honors: Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African American Leaders (2016, 2015, 2011, 2009); President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award at the White House (2016); Philadelphia NAACP Business Award (2015); Bme’s Community Leadership Award & Grant (2015); Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40”; VisitPhilly 360 Creative Ambassadors (2010); Urban League of Philadelphia “Urban Young Leader” Award; Leadership Philadelphia’s “101 Next Generation Connectors” (2009); Philadelphia Tribune’s “10 People under 40 to Watch” (2008).
Education: Studied Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania.
Associate, Ballard Spahr LLP
Ms. Roy is an associate in the White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations and Commercial Litigation practice groups at Ballard Spahr LLP. As a member of these practice groups, she conducts internal investigations and advises and defends companies and individuals facing criminal and civil investigation, and has participated in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and federal regulatory authorities. Ms. Roy's practice includes counseling clients in Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters, as well as matters involving allegations of tax fraud, violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, securities violations, and other fraud and regulatory offenses. She is a frequent contributor to Money Laundering Watch, Ballard Spahr's blog focused exclusively on money laundering issues and has been named by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" for business litigation for 2016-2017.
Ms. Roy is a 2006 graduate of Emory University and a 2011 graduate of University of Virginia Law School. After law school, she clerked for Judges Robert S. Ballou and Michael F. Urbanski of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Before entering law school, Ms. Roy was an elementary school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools with Teach for America.
Executive Director, HIVE
Simran Sidhu is the inaugural Executive Director of the HIVE, a youth-focused initiative that supports organizations and projects poised to change the narrative around young people and their potential. Prior to this, Ms. Sidhu served as executive director of YouthBuild Philly, a life-changing opportunity for young people who have dropped out of school, for more than a decade. YouthBuild Philly blends academics with industry-recognized vocational training and community service, and sees young people through to postsecondary pathways.
Ms. Sidhu was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2009 and was a TEDx Philadelphia speaker in 2014. She served as the elected president of YouthBuild USA’s Affiliated Network from 2010–2016 and was YBUSA’s Director of the Year in 2008 and again in 2016.
She serves on the board of the Reinvestment Fund, a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization, and on the Selection Advisory Council of the Greenlight Fund, which identifies innovative and high-performing nonprofits from across the country and supports them locally. Previously, she served on the board of Moonstone Preschool and as co-president of the Meredith Elementary Home and School Association.
Ms. Sidhu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College.
Michael D. Soileau
Vice President Planning and Strategy, Comcast Cable
Michael Soileau brings more than 20 years of cable and telecommunications experience to his position as Vice President of Planning and Strategy for Communications, Data, and WiFi products at Comcast. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and design of initiatives for deploying Comcast technology to deliver innovative solutions in Comcast markets. He is also responsible for understanding the company’s competitive market pressures and developing strategic plans to navigate this landscape. Michael manages industry research, developments and needs from new and emerging providers and for future products that are yet to be publicly available.
Previously, Michael served as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at Innovative Communications, a multi-service provider (MSP) of phone, data, video and wireless for the United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Prior to his assignment in the Virgin Islands, Michael spent 10 years with Comcast, serving in various leadership roles throughout the company’s footprint. Additionally, Michael held several leadership positions at OpTel, a MSP in the multi-housing segment.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. This is his eighth year sitting on the board of the National Adoption Center and is also on the Steering and Advisory committee for Philadelphia Fight. He is a Trustee of Community College of Philadelphia, is on the board of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and is a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council. Michael resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Tierney
Tim Spreitzer is Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Tierney advertising agency where he started in 2008. Among his accounts are Independence Blue Cross, Corporation Service Company and Dow. Mr. Spreitzer leads Tierney's crisis and issues management practice, where he provides communications strategies for clients facing a variety of situations including mergers and acquisitions, abrupt management changes, labor disputes, and major litigation. Spreitzer currently serves on the Board of New Leash on Life USA, a non-profit prison dog-training program.
Mr. Spreitzer's past positions include Communications and Policy Director for Dwight Evans' Philadelphia mayoral campaign and Deputy Chief of Staff at the School District of Philadelphia. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Spreitzer formerly served as an Education and Workforce Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois. He served on The Center for Autism's Board of Directors (2010) and has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Mr. Spreitzer earned his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his M.B.A. from St. Joseph's University. He and wife Cheryl reside in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia with their daughters Lucy and Amelia.
Mr. Spreitzer has made charitable gifts to The Center for Autism, St. Joseph's University, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
Craig Stock is a retired principal of The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where he worked from February 1995 through December 2015. From September 1981 through January 1995, he worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer in various roles, including financial columnist, business editor and financial reporter. From May 1975 through August 1981, he worked for The Wichita Eagle (Kansas) as a reporter and editor.
He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. During the 1979-1980 academic year, he attended Princeton University as a Sloan Fellow in Economics Journalism, a fellowship program overseen by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
First Lady of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Educator and Community Advocate
Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D., a native of Queens, New York, is the daughter of Robert and Ellen Payne. She is the partner in marriage and ministry of Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the proud parents of two beautiful adult daughters, Elynn Morgan and Eryka Lynn. Ellyn was educated in the New York City Public School system. She earned a Bachelor of Special Education from Ohio University, a Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction and Technology in Education and Doctor of Education in Curriculum Instruction and Technology in Education with an emphasis in Literacy Education from Temple University. Ellyn has been employed as a Special Education Teacher in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has served as adjunct faculty in the College of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ellyn has always been passionate about education and the empowerment of women. This is exemplified through her tireless efforts in combating human trafficking through various efforts both domestically and internationally. Ellyn is an active member of the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and serves as Co-Chair of the Religion Subcommittee. At Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, she leads the Women’s Ministry, Sisters in Christ, which seeks to develop and strengthen the spiritual lives of women through monthly Bible studies, quarterly fellowship gatherings, annual retreats and various outreach opportunities.
In 2011, Ellyn established an anti-human trafficking ministry at Enon Tabernacle, She’s My Sister, which seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking in the faith community, partners with the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army in supporting their Drop-in Center, participates in street outreach and advocates on behalf of victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In October 2015, the ministry hosted its inaugural Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness 5K Walk/Run to raise funds for the development of a trauma-informed transitional residential program for young women exiting “The Life” and aging out of the child welfare system. Internationally, Ellyn regularly participates in rescue and restoration efforts in Italy and South Africa.
Ellyn is involved in many other notable endeavors. She is a member of The City School Board (Education Committee Chair); Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board; Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Ambassador of Hope; and she co-chairs the United Negro College Fund’s Delaware Valley Women of Faith for Education annual luncheon. Ellyn, a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Links, Incorporated serves as the National Human Trafficking Subcommittee Chair. She is the President of the Charitas Foundation, which is the philanthropic Waller family foundation established to positively impact the lives of individuals by sowing financial seeds into organizations that change lives through their missions.
Ellyn is a woman of deep faith and is committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. She believes her first ministry is to her family; being supportive to her husband and daughters. She firmly believes God allows periods of influence and resource in our lives with the expectation that we will bless others, especially the less fortunate. It is her heart’s desire to please God and be a blessing in the lives of all whom she encounters.
Arlene M. Yocum
Managing Executive of Client Sales and Service and Executive Vice President, PNC Asset Management, retired.
Arlene M. Yocum retired as Executive Vice President and Managing Executive for Sales and Service for the PNC Asset Management Group in January, 2017. In that role she was responsible for the delivery of fully integrated wealth management solutions including fiduciary, estate, trust, financial planning, investment management and private banking services to individuals and their families, as well as fiduciary and investment management services to institutional and ultra high net worth clients throughout the Asset Management Group. Ms. Yocum joined PNC in 1990 where she served as Managing Executive of PNC Institutional Investment Group, Manager of PNC's Private Banking Group (Philadelphia / Southern New Jersey), Manager of PNC's Corporate Trust Division and Senior Legal Counsel for the Investment Management and Trust Division.
Bruce Caswell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Rowan University, retired.
Stanley S. Cohen, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP, retired.
Richard S. Downs
Vice Chairman, American Foodservice Corporation, retired.
W. Scott Magargee, III, Esq.
Of Counsel, Dechert LLP, retired.
President and CEO, Glenmede Trust Company, retired.
G. Steve Simons
Investment Advisor, Gibraltar Wealth Management, LLC, retired.
Gilbert A. Wetzel
Partner, Mayer Leadership Group, retired.
William A. Whiteside, Jr., Esq.
Former Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, retired.