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December 18 Breakfast Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Assessment
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Join us for a breakfast presentation on December 18, 2018 on Diversity and Inclusion Assessment.

When: 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Where: American Heritage Federal Credit Union - Community Room
2068 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19115
United States
Presenter: Greg DeShields, Executive Director of PHLDiversity
Contact: Laurie Sample

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  • 10:00 Professional Networking


Diversity and Inclusion Assessment

Speaker: Greg DeShields, Executive Director of PHLDiversity

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When it comes to diversity, it is universally acknowledged that more diverse companies perform better than their less diverse competitors. A study by McKinsey found that gender-diverse companies were 15 percent more likely to outperform their national industry median, and ethnically diverse companies were 35 percent more likely to outperform. However, companies can often struggle to implement their company diversity policies while some organizations may not have any policies in place at all.

Prior to launching a Diversity and Inclusion strategy, an organization should understand the intrinsic barriers to Diversity and Inclusion within its culture and how to define Diversity and Inclusion for their organization, partnering with cross-functional stakeholders, recommending and implementing best practices to align efforts to best contribute to organizational strategy.

A Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Assessment is a tool designed to assess your organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion issues, and support it through the diversity planning process. The self-assessment process is used to develop organization-specific reflection that will help your group address any inclusion weaknesses and build upon diversity strengths. Diversity and inclusion competence is an ongoing developmental process, therefore the goal is to promote positive progression along the road. For that reason, an assessment should be viewed as an indication of areas in which the program or organization can enhance attitudes, practices, policies, and structures concerning diversity and inclusion efforts.

Mr. DeShields will provide insights and considerations for key HR and Diversity & Inclusion practitioners to begin and further improve their organization’s Diversity and Inclusion activities; from defining Diversity, Inclusion and “Equity,” followed by exploring their organizational culture to explaining the details of an Organizational Diversity & Inclusion Assessment. The elements include: Governance; Program and Services; Human Resources; Supply Diversity; Evaluation and Monitoring; and Infuse diversity and inclusion throughout all business units. Lastly, Mr. DeShields will provide suggestions how to design and establish organizational metrics in the following six categories, to inform strategic actions within the organization and measure the potential return on investment of D&I:

  1. Demographics
  2. Organizational culture
  3. Accountability
  4. Productivity/profitability
  5. Benchmarking
  6. Programmatic measures

BIO: Greg DeShields currently serves as the Executive Director at PHLDiversity a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Also host of PHL Diversity Podcasts brief insights, views and opinions from tourism and hospitality leaders, meeting/convention professionals and academics regarding specific hospitality, tourism and diversity topics.

Greg is a Graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.S. Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management; and B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management.

Professional Development Leadership Graduate: Urban League of Philadelphia, Leadership Forum, Leadership Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.

His professional certifications include: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Educational Institute – Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and Asian American Hotel Owners Association – Certified Hotel Owner CHO)

Previously, Greg served as Managing Director of Business Development and adjunct instructor for Temple University Fox School of Business & School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.  Industry Expert for Ying Mei Jia Tong International Business Consulting Co., Ltd. (Liaocheng and Tai'an, China) and faculty for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Hospitality Educators. Professionally, Greg has been a manager in the hospitality industry for such companies as Hyatt Hotel, Omni Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Korman Company, General Manager of Philadelphia OIC’s Opportunities Inn: Hospitality Training Institute.

Greg’s Board memberships include: African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Boy Scouts of American Cradle of Liberty, Center City District, Center City Proprietors Association, COMHAR Inc., Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Independence Business Alliance (LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, Philadelphia OIC, Responsible Hospitality Institute, and SKAL Philadelphia.

Greg is an active member of The American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and Society of Human Resources Managers.


2018/17/16/15/14 - Philadelphia Tribune “Most Influential African American Leaders”

2016 - Delaware Valley Legacy Fund “Hero Award”

2016/15 - Black Meetings &Tourism Magazine “Most Influential African-American Leaders

                 Meetings/Tourism Industry”2015 - Anointed News Journal “Circle of Winners Award”

2015 - Meeting Focus “Meeting Trendsetters”

2013 - Philadelphia Business Journal “Minority Business Leader Award”

2013 - Temple University Fox School of Business “Administrative Service Award”

2012 - Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management “Administrative Service Award”

2009 - Black Meetings &Tourism Magazine “Apex Award”

Greg’s interests include cars, travel, and most importantly cooking.


  • HRCI:   Approved for 1  Business Credit 
  • SHRM: Approved for 1 Professional Development Credit