Lisa Nutter to speak in Mt. Airy on preparing students for careers

Philadelphia’s First Lady Lisa Nutter will talk about her non-profit youth career support organization on May 23 in Mt. Airy at Little Jimmies Bakery Café, 6669 Germantown Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Nutter is the president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., which works in the city’s public high schools to provide career-based learning and college readiness support.

She will speak as part of Mt. Airy USA’s (MAUSA) new Metropolitan Minds lecture series. 

MAUSA Executive Director Anuj Gupta says the series fits in with his Community Development organization’s mission.

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“We are a community development corporation, but community development is more than just bricks and water, which we do well,” said Gupta. “It’s also about bringing people together around ideas and I think that is what this series does.”

Gupta thought Nutter would be a good addition to not only inform the audience about her work, but to provide insight on the future of the city’s public education.

“The state of public education in city is in tremendous flux and she leads one of the better non-profits in the city that are working to improve public education,” said Gupta. “Certainly in her role as president of Philadelphia Academies Inc. as well as her role as First Lady, she has interesting perspective on where education is going in the city.”

Attendees will be served a prix fixed menu on the Little Jimmies Bakery Café’s newly built out patio. If it rains that night, the event will moved to St. Michael’s Church located at 6671 Germantown Ave.

Designed as a fundraiser, Metropolitan Minds was created to unify the Greater Philadelphia with the Mt. Airy region by offering events at local businesses and restaurants in the community. A portion of the proceeds will support Mt. Airy USA’s community development efforts. It is a spin-off of the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” series.

Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, visit

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