Diversity conference set for Philadelphia in September

 From left, Julie Coker Graham of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thomas Salvino of Prospanica and Jesse Tyson of the National Black MBA Association join Mayor Jim Kenney talk cheesesteaks at the announcement of the September conference. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

From left, Julie Coker Graham of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thomas Salvino of Prospanica and Jesse Tyson of the National Black MBA Association join Mayor Jim Kenney talk cheesesteaks at the announcement of the September conference. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

One of the largest minority business conferences in the country will be meeting in Philadelphia next month.

The National Black MBA Association and Prospanica, a Hispanic professional group, will join together Sept. 26–30 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference will include a career expo, as well as programming and workshops designed to address topics important to graduate students and executives of color.

Jesse Tyson of the MBA Association described the process of recruiting members.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on is making sure that we fill the pipeline of minority talent from the high school students all the way through to the the corporate boardrooms as well as those who want to become entrepreneurs. So you will find, at our conference, all of those bases are touched.”

A conference presented by the two groups will be a first. But organizers see it as expanding the diversity they say is vital to the business world.

“Diversity is scientifically proven to be impactful in corporations around the country,” said Thomas Salvino of Prospanica. “We know your customers are diverse so you need to know how to talk to them.”

The event will also include an awards ceremony.

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