May Events

Purpose-Driven Board Leadership: Reconceiving Foundation Governance

Join The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and BoardSource for a conversation about the implications for foundation board governance, which will build on some of the ideas outlined by CEP’s CEO, Phil Buchanan in his recent blog.



Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource

Phil Buchanan, President & CEO, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Kofi Appenteng, Trustee, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Jim Canales, President & Trustee, Barr Foundation


Thursday May 13th, 2 PM EST


Join Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and the Scattergood Foundation for a discussion on how the Pennsylvania Pardon System could be the road out of poverty for the City of Philadelphia.



Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney 

Jeff Brown, President & CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Evan Figueroa-Vargas, Employment Systems Program Analyst for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services

Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, Executive Director Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

Rev. Michelle Simmons, Founder & CEO of Why Not Prosper


*Plus: Read the Economy League's own report on pardons in Pennsylvania.


Monday May 17th, 9 AM EST


Business education is a game-changer in the life of the entrepreneur.  Having a good product or service helps, but having management tools propels growth and gives you the competitive edge. Learn from small business leaders and experienced entrepreneurs about how several local organizations have helped business owners grow their businesses.



Christina M. Reger, Esq.; President ​@ NAWBO Semi-Circle Program; Manager Partner ​@ Law Offices of Christina Reger

Kimberly Stout; Economic Development Specialist ​@ SBA; Director​ @ Emerging Leaders Initiative

Kittura Dior; Program Coordinator, Peer-Based Learning Experience @ Power Up Your Business

Maria Baseggio; President @ Sage Insights, LLC

Rebekah Ray; Administrative Librarian, Business Resource & Innovation Center @ Free Library of Philadelphia

Therese Flaherty; Moderator, formerly Director of Wharton Small Business Development Center


Wednesday May 19th, 10 AM EST