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September 25 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

SBN Roundtable: Inclusive Growth Strategy

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The Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable is an intentionally intimate monthly members-only issue-based breakfast conversation created to connect local independent businesses, elected officials and other key decision makers in the city, region, and state.

This September, join SBN as we welcome Sylvie Gallier-Howard from the Department of Commerce, and Eleanor Sharpe from the City Planning Commission to discuss the Inclusive Growth Strategy for the city.

In May 2019, the Kenney Administration released, “Growing with Equity: Philadelphia’s Vision for Inclusive Growth.” Economic growth is essential to ensuring increased economic opportunities for Philadelphians, yet it must be fostered intentionally to promote inclusion. Recognizing that Philadelphia is in the midst of a transformative moment, this collective call to action is built on three goals:

  • Grow the economy to create family-sustaining jobs for all Philadelphians.

  • Prepare Philadelphia for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.

  • Encourage equitable growth in neighborhoods without displacement.

These goals can only be achieved in partnership with residents, employers, educational institutions, innovators, and political leaders. Join First Deputy Commerce Director, Sylvie Gallier Howard, and Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Eleanor Sharpe, to learn more about “Growing with Equity” and how SBN members can play an important role in promoting inclusive growth that benefits all Philadelphians.

Our first guest, Sylvie Gallier Howard, is First Deputy for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce. Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development during the Nutter Administration. In addition to supporting day-to-day operations, Ms. Gallier Howard’s responsibilities include communications and marketing, policy, international relations, and rolling out new programs. She has spearheaded several priority initiatives, such as the launch of Kiva City Philadelphia, a zero-interest micro-business loan program, and the City’s successful effort to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. Recently she also played a lead role in developing Philadelphia’s bid to Amazon for the HQ2 search and is spearheading a global identity process to elevate Philadelphia’s brand internationally.

Our second guest, Eleanor Sharpe, is a Deputy in the Department of Planning and Development, responsible for the Division of Planning and Zoning. She oversees the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), the Historical Commission, the Art Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Her oversight includes being the Executive Director of the Planning Commission, where her duties include working with City Council, City Agencies, and civic and community organizations to implement the recommendations of Philadelphia2035, the city’s comprehensive plan; aimed at improving the city’s built environment. Sharpe, has a bachelor of architecture from Howard University and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Sharpe is a member of the Urban Land Institute, sitting on their Advisory Board as well as their Women Leadership Initiative and Community and Economic Development Councils.  She’s also a recent board member of the Independent Charter School. Prior to her position with the City of Philadelphia, Sharpe was Planning Director in the City of New Rochelle, Westchester County, NY.

SBN’s Entrepreneurs’ Roundtables are members-only. Refreshments and a light breakfast will be provided.

Having trouble registering? Make sure you are signed into SBN’s member portal before attempting to register. If you’re still having trouble, email Lauren Peiffer, SBN’s Programs & Events Coordinator, at [email protected] for assistance. To learn more about membership, visit our website or email Larry Downey, SBN’s Membership Manager, at [email protected].



September 25
8:00 am - 10:00 am


1501 Cherry St
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
SBN Event Member Access Code: SBNMEMBER

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