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.

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 his upcoming honor 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
Kim Andrews comes to Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia from Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), which administered Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, which she led from 2010 through 2016. She holds a B.A. in Art History and French from Temple University, an M.A. in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.
April 16, 2019
The Honorable Stanley Straughter has been dedicated to global social justice supporting African and Caribbean communities of greater Philadelphia and was Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs under former mayor John F. Street. Mr. Straughter has also held positions such as Chairman, African and Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; Chairman of the Board, UNESCO Center for Global Education; and Member of the Board of Directors, Constituency for Africa.
March 24, 2019
Mark Ritchie is the President of Global Minnesota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that connects individuals, organizations, and communities in Minnesota to the world.
February 20, 2019
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