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.

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
On a recent episode of the Tone and Tenor Show, Global Philadelphia Association's Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh and Community Heritage Coordinator Gigi McGraw spoke about the impact of Philadelphia's designation as a World Heritage City.
June 5, 2018
Philadelphia is a diverse city full of many different cultures that continually grow larger. Among them is the distinct culture of Belgium through immigrants from Flanders. To help with the growing Flemish population in Philadelphia, Daisy van den Hooff-Mertens has opened a branch of Flemish in the World in the city and helps new immigrants adjust to life in the States. What is Flemish in the World?
May 2, 2018
Nicole Allen White is the Director of Government Affairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she manages the Museum’s government relations for city, state and federal initiatives and works cross-departmentally to advance the Museum’s community engagement activities. Prior to joining the Art Museum she served as the Director of Policy & Community Engagement at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. While at the Cultural Alliance, she successfully spearheaded the campaigns to restore and maintain funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
March 21, 2018