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 Peak Johnson Dr. Stephen Tang, President and CEO of OraSure Technologies will be the recipient of Global Philadelphia’s 2021 Globy Award for Corporate Leadership on December 13. Before becoming president and CEO, Dr. Tang joined the OraSure Board in April 2011 and was the Company’s Chairman of the Board from 2016-2018.  Global Philadelphia had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Tang about his nomination, Orasure, and his thoughts on leadership. 
November 15, 2021
Global Philadelphia’s 2021 Globy Award for Community Leadership this year goes to Loree Jones. Loree has served in top leadership positions in the nonprofit, higher education and government sectors, including Managing Director, or chief operating officer, of the City of Philadelphia, chief of staff for Rutgers University—Camden and chief of external affairs for the School District of Philadelphia. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Philabundance, a hunger relief agency serving 9 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. We had the chance to speak with Loree about her distinguished work, the international diversity of Philadelphia, and what we will be able to see from her in the future. 
October 26, 2021
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