Intersections Year Two: A Celebration of Diverse Business Communities

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November 29, 2018 – The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to begin the second year of Intersections: an award-winning event series focused on diverse business communities, in collaboration with Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and PHL Diversity.

Over the last year, the IBA hosted an immensely successful set of three introductory networking receptions to kick off the three-year Intersections series, which was awarded the 2018 NGLCC Excellence in Programming award at the NGLCC’s International Business and Leadership Conference hosted in Philadelphia in August 2018.

Year two of Intersections kicked off last night with a Hispanic and Latinx-focused panel discussion, and will be followed by events for the African-American and Asian-American communities in February and May, respectively.

This first panel focused on a frank exploration of privilege, prejudice, and collaborative success amongst the LGBTQ, Hispanic, and Latinx communities. The conversation was moderated by NBC10/T62 reporter and journalist, Miguel Martinez-Valle, and featured business and community leaders such as Tito Valdes of the City of Philadelphia Law Department, Alba Guzman of Comcast, and Joy Soto of WHYY.

“Diverse businesses are better businesses,” IBA Executive Director, Zach Wilcha said. “It’s better for everybody when you see representation, whether it’s sexual orientation, gender expression, racial or ethnic background. Diverse businesses have more ideas. They have better problem-solving skills and are proven to be more successful in the long run.”

The IBA is committed to Diversity and Inclusion and extends an invitation to anyone interested in learning more about intersectional issues in the business community to attend this highly anticipated event series. IBA is proud to partner with PHLCVB and PHL Diversity on this groundbreaking initiative.