2019 WIBC Keynote Luncheon Presenter Bios
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: HOW DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES CREATE BETTER OUTCOMES
Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)
Iola Harper is a nationally-recognized, award-winning advocate for small businesses and urban neighborhoods. She has spent well over two decades working diligently with minority and women-owned firms and economic development agencies across the Delaware Valley, helping them gain access to needed financial, technical, and contract opportunity. Her success working with not only small businesses but in urban neighborhoods garnered the attention of former Governor of PA when she was named one of Pennsylvania’s top 50 Women in Business. Her work drew a national spotlight several years ago when she was honored by the Small Business Administration as one of the Nation’s top small business advocates and most recently she was named one of Philadelphia’s most influential women by the NAACP.
Imani Breaker, Vice President of Customer Care, Comcast Cable Communications Freedom Region
As Vice President of Customer Care for Comcast Cable Communications Freedom Region, Imani Breaker is responsible for a staff of about 1000 employees serving Xfinity customers in voice, data, and video. She has been in her current role for about 2 and a half years and focuses on driving results and considers coaching and developing others as her superpower!
Ms. Breaker’s extraordinary career includes over 20 years of experience with several cable operators, including Media One and Time Warner Cable. Before joining Comcast in September of 2016, she spent seven years as VP of Care in New York City with Time Warner Cable and helped drive leadership development and the customer experience in that market.
While she hasn’t been in her role with Comcast for very long, she is no stranger to the Comcast Family, as she previously worked with Comcast from 1999 to 2006 in Florida, Maryland, and Los Angeles. In all of her roles, Imani focuses on leadership development and driving positive customer experience.
Ms. Breaker believes education is key to a successful career. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University. In the past, she has participated in company-sponsored Mentoring programs and helped her department implement a leadership development program for aspiring leaders. She also adopts and mentors every year a class of Pre-K children through a monthly Skype session, instilling in them the value of knowledge, technology, and travel. Through the 5 years with Mrs. Stewart’s scholars, they have visited several countries, attended several museums, and learned several poems.
She is a member of NAMIC and WICT and was honored in 2010 as one of NAMIC’s Next Generation Leaders. She also was recognized by the Harlem YMCA as a Black Achiever in Industry (BAI) and has assisted the organization in providing scholarships to Rising Freshman college students. In 2015 she joined the ranks of BMLI and is a fellow from Class 33. She is an active member and executive sponsor of Freedom’s Black Employee Network (BEN).
Amanda Chevalier, Principal, Corporate Facilities of New Jersey: The Knoll Source
Amanda is the majority owner of Corporate Facilities of New Jersey (CFI-NJ), a minority and woman-owned top ten Knoll distributor. CFI-NJ is a full-service furniture dealership and has exclusive distribution rights in the Delaware Valley. Her approach to providing clients and employees with an excellent experience is about teamwork and clearly communicated expectations.
She is a member of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Independence Business Alliance (IBA). CFI-NJ is certified as an MBE and WBE by EMSDC and WBENC. She serves on the board of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia and is Co-Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee.
Amanda received her BS from Cornell University and previously worked as a manager of a luxury hotel as well as a beverage alcohol internet startup in New York City.
Marta Coles, Research and Training Coordinator, The Urban League of Philadelphia Entrepreneurship Center
Marta Coles is currently the Research & Training Coordinator for the Urban League of Philadelphia – Entrepreneurship Center. In her role, she assists established and start-up small businesses grow to scale. Marta has also worked in the Non-profit sector for the last 7 years assisting organizations with Brand Awareness and Strategic Planning. In addition, Marta continues to hone and develop the skills of adult minorities by conducting impactful work within the community and connecting entrepreneurs to vital resources that will position them for success. Marta’s passion for helping people succeed in life and business was solidified during her time at Carin University where she studied Business Administration.
Beth Tiewater, Director of Programming and Thought Leader, Baker Industries
As Director of Programming and Thought Leader, Beth Tiewater has designed an innovative program for returning citizens to prepare them for living wage jobs. Beth is also responsible for fund-raising at Baker Industries, a nonprofit workforce development program serving low-income adults with significant barriers to employment. In 2013, Beth led Baker Industries to a third-place finish in the Job Raising Challenge, a national contest for nonprofits focused on job creation and run by the Huffington Post, the Skoll Foundation, and McKinsey. Beth is passionate about building healthy communities through employment and works directly with Baker program participants who are rebuilding their lives. On average, 35 adults each year move into permanent employment from Baker. An alum of Temple University’s College of Music, Beth is a proud Philadelphia-area native. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betty Andl-Petkov, President/CEO, PATH (People Acting to Help) Inc.
Ms. Elizabeth (Betty) Andl-Petkov began her professional career in 1978 with PATH (People Acting To Help), Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral health and intellectual disability center serving primarily Northeast Philadelphia. She has been PATH’s President & CEO since 1985 and, with her leadership, significant growth has been achieved as PATH now serves over 4100 individuals and families each year by employing 650 staff members. Ms. Andl-Petkov has overseen the implementation of a host of innovative programs from creating, in 1998, Larkspur Inc., a joint venture with Friends Hospital, to operate the then busiest Crisis Response Center in Philadelphia, to the recent establishment of an award-winning Urgent Care Center for children and youth.
Ms. Andl-Petkov has served as President of the Philadelphia Coalition. She also has served on a wide variety of State and local committees. Ms. Andl-Petkov is currently spearheading the development of a new multi-site headquarters for PATH which will address the social determinants of health by centralizing PATH’s services as well as locating 9 other highly qualified non-profits at the headquarters to work closely together to bring services to the Northeast community.
Ms. Andl-Petkov received her graduate training at Temple University as a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and an MA in Community Psychology.