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.

By Will Becker The Wistar Institute and the University of Bologna (Unibo) in Italy have recently established the Wistar-Unibo Ph.D. Exchange Program in Cell and Molecular Biology to bring Unibo graduate students to Wistar for their three-year Ph.D. training. The program fosters scientific and intellectual exchange in research and education between Italy and the United States and is aligned with Wistar’s commitment to expand and strengthen its network of collaborations for the research and training of junior scientists in the U.S. and beyond. We spoke with Dr. Alessandro Gardini about this new program and what it means for international collaboration in Philadelphia’s health and sciences sector.
June 15, 2021
Jabari Jones is the President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative (WPCC,) where he is the convener of both small and large businesses. As president, Jones spends a lot of time speaking with businesses about the problems they are facing in growing, getting contracts, and generating revenue. 
February 2, 2021
By Tasnim Hasan Professor David Steingard has been teaching in the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) for the past 21 years focusing on ethics, leadership, sustainability, and business. While Steingard thoroughly enjoys teaching students, he is excited about facilitating their learning. He added that there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing students demonstrate mastery over “substantive academic topics” and applying that knowledge to real-world applications that make a difference.
November 17, 2020
By Peak Johnson Ernest Owens has been a journalist for ten years since he was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. He started off in student broadcast radio and started taking up professional freelance writing opportunities soon after. Owens’ first big break came in 2012 when he won a student writing contest from Arianna Huffington to get published in the Huffington Post. 
November 5, 2020
By Tasnim Hasan Mitchell Little is the executive director at Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. A native Philadelphian, Mitchell’s role is to oversee the work that is done in the office that focuses on improving economic mobility opportunities for Philadelphians impacted by poverty.  Since 1964, the office has been focused on economic empowerment, evolving from a community service-based approach to one that invests in and advocates for successful anti-poverty solutions. 
August 25, 2020
Vernon Odom, retired Philadelphia TV journalist, 6abc, and Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director, Global Philadelphia Association, recently joined the hosts of Tone and Tenor for a conversation about Vernon's career and life in Philadelphia, as well as receiving the Distinguished Global Journalism Award at the World Heritage City Celebration on September 5, 2019. 
August 13, 2019
Jonathan Lovitz has served as the Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce since 2016, where he oversees all external affairs including media and communications, public policy, and partnerships and alliances. Prior to this, he toured nationally with two Broadway shows, as well as worked as a news anchor for Logo TV. Lovitz has become a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR and is an outspoken supporter of The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. What does the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) do?
June 13, 2019