Global Philadelphia Conversations -- Interview Series, Curated by Global Philadelphia Association

Global Philadelphia Association conducts interviews offering new insights into Philadelphia's current and potential involvement in global projects and how leaders of the Philadelphia region are taking great strides towards creating a more global Philadelphia.

Read the full interviews below and join the conversation on our Global Philadelphia Facebook page.

Kenneth R. Fulmer, PE, is the current President and CEO of Urban Engineers, a multidisciplinary planning, design, environmental, and construction support services consulting firm, established in 1960. With headquarters in Philadelphia and with 15 total offices nationwide, Urban Engineers has grown from a staff of seven to one with 450 employees. Could you elaborate on your role at Urban Engineers?
December 21, 2018
Sam Katz has been producing, directing, and developing historical documentaries for ten years. Prior to launching his production company, History Making Productions (HMP), Sam spent much of his career in municipal and project finance, private equity, civic leadership, and politics, including running for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991, 1999, and 2003.
December 11, 2018
Jurate Krokys is a veteran urban educator. Recently retired as Assistant Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, she has been working in education for 40 years, including 11 years as CEO and Founding Principal of Independence Charter School (ICS). 
November 30, 2018
Each week, Marilyn Russell, host on 98.1 WOGL radio, presents a 30-minute show, “Marilyn Russell’s Remarkable Women." This program celebrates and showcases women doing extraordinary things in the community 365-days-a-year. On August 19th, Marilyn dedicated her show to one truly remarkable woman: Zabeth Teelucksingh, the Executive Director of Global Philadelphia Association. 
August 19, 2018
Layla El Tannir is a former Global Philadelphia Marketing Specialist who now works in the Special Projects department of Reading Terminal Market. She recently traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to speak with officials from the Souk El Tayeb to discuss how both markets can work together in the future.  Interview conducted by Najah Springer on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association  Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, and your profession?
August 9, 2018
Professor Porrata-Doria graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Professor Porrata-Doria practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida. Professor Porrata-Doria has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations throughout the nation. He is Chair of the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, a Philadelphia economic development organization, and past Chair of the Association of Yale Alumni, Yale University’s national alumni organization. He is a 2003 recipient of the Yale Medal, the University’s highest alumni award.
July 30, 2018
Rochelle (“Chellie”) L. Cameron became Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport in January 2016. As CEO, Ms. Cameron serves as the city's chief aviation representative in local, state, national, and international affairs. She is responsible for directing the planning, development, and administration of all activities of the city's Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. She also oversees the management of about 800 airport personnel.
July 30, 2018
Tom Caramanico has been the president of McCormick Taylor, Inc., an engineering company, since 1988. He previously owned the company, having sold it to an internal group in 2011, and continues to serve as president. With 480 employees in 19 offices located in nine states, the firm specializes in transportation planning, environmental studies, traffic studies and highway and bridge design. 
July 8, 2018
Article written by Will Becker on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association
July 8, 2018
Interview conducted by Najah Springer on behalf of Global Philadelphia Association Tell me about what it is you do as President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative?
June 29, 2018