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October 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

DEI on the TBL

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The African American Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Business Alliance, and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia are partnering during 2019’s Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week for a networking session and panel discussion to talk about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in practicing the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • 5:30 Check-in, networking
  • 6:15 Panel discussion
  • 7:15 Networking, wrap-up

Confirmed panelists thus far include:

  • Nima Etemadi grew up in Vancouver after his family immigrated from Iran. His upbringing as a first-generation North American shaped his food lens, together with a strong interest in both French cuisine and the foodways of the American South. He graduated from culinary school and worked in kitchens and catering before attending Sarah Lawrence College, where he met his best friend and future business partner, Lily Fischer.After earning his degree, Etemadi worked as assistant editor at Aperture, a non-profit photography magazine and publishing house, but office life soon gave way to another round of culinary school – this time at the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) studying pastry arts.

    In 2012, Etemadi moved to Philadelphia to found Cake Life Bake Shop with Fischer, first located in the Globe Dye Works building before moving to its flagship location in Fishtown. A proud transgender business owner, he hopes to see more members of the lgbtq+ community start businesses of their own.

  • Tracy Levesque is the co-owner and co-founder of YIKES, Inc. a web development agency located in the vibrant Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. YIKES specializes in professional WordPress development and is one of less than 20 WordPress VIP Agency Partners in the world. Certified Women and LGBT owned, YIKES is also a proud certified B Corporation focusing on sustainable business practices and observing the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit.

    At YIKES you can find her managing projects, running discovery meetings and working on business development. Tracy still loves to code and participates weekly in building WordPress themes and plugins.

    With a love for teaching and presenting, she has spoken at conferences in Philly, New York, Montreal, San Francisco, San Diego, Nashville, Lancaster and Arizona. She was also a contributor to multiple versions of WordPress core and participated on several contributor teams. Tracy has taught dozens of WordPress and classes including a Web development class at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in Delaware.

  • Marc Coleman is the founder, chief executive officer, and president of The Tactile Group. A highly motivated serial entrepreneur, he has more than two decades of experience in creative direction, design, business management, and client relations.Marc is an innovative leader who knows the power of teamwork. He inspires collaboration by building widely diverse and effective teams of designers, programmers, and other IT-professionals to meet the specific needs of clients. He is also the driving force in developing business relations and The Tactile Group’s artistic vision. As a Philadelphia native, Marc is passionate about his Tactile Group team and about inspiring and training Philadelphia youth as the future generation of technology leaders and innovators.

    Marc serves on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia where he works on both the Executive committee and the Diversity and Inclusion committee. Marc also serves on the board of the Independence Business Alliance where he serves on both the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Executive Committee. He is a longtime member the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce and also works with the marketing committee of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.  His agency, The Tactile Group, is a certified Minority Business Enterprise via NMSDC, and an LGBT Business Enterprise as certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

Stay tuned for more information on speakers.


We look forward to hosting you for this important conversation. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.


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October 8, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


1900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States