2019 WIBC Session II Presenter Bios
Panel – Communications …..Birch Room
What Does #MeToo Mean for the Workplace?
Daniel McElhatton, Esq., McElhatton Foley, PC
Dan McElhatton is an attorney with the firm McElhatton Foley, PC. Mr. McElhatton served as a Philadelphia City Council member from 1992 to 1996. He is also a longtime member of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (among many organizations) and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors. He has previously served as Cahir of the Board of Trustees of Community College of Philadelphia. Dan’s practice includes significant experience with employment-related matters including handling of age, ADA, ADEA, FMLA cases, He has tried numerous cases to jury verdict and has argued appeals in appellate Court on State and federal levels. In May 2016 he prevailed in a precedent-setting case in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Mary M. Chan, MBA, Vice President, Human Resources, Colliers International
Mary is Vice President of Human Resources for Colliers International. As Colliers’ Human Resources officer for the Greater Philadelphia region, Mary specializes in attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of excellence based on engagement, diversity, and leadership. By integrating innovative solutions that utilize technology, predictive and data analytics with an emphasis on business growth, Mary has developed a human resources infrastructure that drives large scale growth within the operational team. Additionally, she revitalized the compensation and benefits portfolio to deliver substantial value to the company.
In her three years with the company, Mary led extensive organizational transformations. Under her leadership, Colliers was named the “Best of Workplace” in 2015 by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal and is continually listed as one of the top five Brokerage firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Mary was nominated for 2018 and 2015 HR Excellence of the Year award by SHRM – Philadelphia Chapter and most recently was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader and Insight Philadelphia Leader.
Prior to Colliers, Mary was the founder and CEO of Chan Consulting, a Human Resources Consulting firm specializing in innovative strategies that helped clients become more productive and profitable.
Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Holy Family University and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
Elizabeth Mell, Esq. Mell Consulting Law Firm Strategy
Elizabeth Mell has spent her career in professional services marketing and business development strategy. Before starting her own company, she served as the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Montgomery McCracken. She has held positions at several other large national law firms based in Philadelphia. Elizabeth entered Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as a Marketing Manager and progressed to Director of Diversity, where she was responsible for developing and launching the firm’s diversity program and women’s initiative. Her career path includes working at DuPont Legal and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Her tenure in the three sectors of business has given her a unique perspective on how professional services are bought, sold and delivered.
She serves on the board of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, Meditation 4 Leadership, and National Adoption Center (NAC) — as well as volunteering for the SeniorLAW Center’s communications committee. She also spends time volunteering with the PSPCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBSEPA).
Session – Personal Development …..Hemlock Room
Learning Limits: Avoiding Burnout
Marla S. Hamilton, Vice President, Director of Client Engagement, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation [PIDC]
Marla Hamilton is a successful and proven Economic Development Professional with more than 25 years’ experience in economic development planning and implementation. With extensive public and private sector service, Marla has the demonstrated ability to identify business opportunities by enhancing policy development and creating partnerships that result in business and employment growth. Marla has worked collaboratively with entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, developers, banks, and unions across a variety of industries including manufacturing, services, banking, and construction.
As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia’s economic development corporation, Marla managed its commercial business portfolio, identifying and working with owner-occupied businesses and partnering with banks and other lenders to structure financing packages that resulted in business attraction, retention and expansion, and permanent employment. As a PIDC Relationship Manager, Marla worked collaboratively with business owners to identify and solve operational deficiencies through business educational support systems to enhance management controls and lead to company growth.
Drawing upon Marla’s vast expertise for assessing business needs and capacity-building, combined with PIDC’s commitment to business growth, PIDC tapped Marla to launch a new PIDC division, Client Engagement. As Director of this new division, Marla’s focus is increasing the business capacity of PIDC clients across the size spectrum by assessing and diagnosing critical business needs and delivering practical business solutions. Through this strategy, Marla utilizes a multitude of mediums including the development of the Business Builder Workshop series and recently introduced the PIDC Executive Leadership Series.
Prior to joining PIDC, Marla served as Special Assistant to former Mayor John F. Street and in the Administrations of former Mayors W. Wilson Goode and Edward G. Rendell as the Director of the City of Philadelphia Minority Business Enterprise Council, the predecessor agency to the Office of Economic Opportunity. In these respective capacities Marla developed, negotiated and oversaw the successful implementation of diversity initiatives on major construction projects, including the Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park sports stadiums, the Shops at the Airport and numerous Center City hotels, and managed economic inclusion and diversity efforts in all purchasing by the City of Philadelphia in the areas of public works, professional services, and supply contracting.
Marla volunteers and lends her expertise to several organizations and efforts. She has served on the Economic Inclusion Committee of the University of Pennsylvania for over 20 years, serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Power Up Your Business program at the Community College of Philadelphia, and is a key partner representing PIDC with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. As a woman of faith, Marla also serves in ministry at her church, Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, NJ. Marla is proudly from West Philadelphia, a graduate of Overbrook High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Session – Career Development…..Spruce Room
Small Team Management: Doing A Lot With A Little
Helene Baczkowski, Director of Development, CORA Service, Inc
Helene is on the senior leadership team of CORA Services, a non-profit Family Resource Center that helps children and families overcome academic, emotional and social challenges. As the Director of Development, she spearheads all fundraising, communication and marketing efforts. Helene began her career in customer service and sales before holding a variety of different positions in University Advancement. Helene has an MBA from La Salle University, sits on Villa Joseph Marie High School’s Development Committee and is on the Board of Cara’s Sweethearts.
Terry Travis, Vice President of University Advancement, Widener University
For more than 25 years, Terry Travis has been a passionate and effective leader in fundraising for higher education. She was appointed Vice President of University Advancement at Widener University in 2018. In her role at Widener, she leads a team comprised of roughly 40 Development, Alumni Engagement and University Relations professionals and is dedicated to strengthening relationships with alumni, raising funds to advance the university’s mission and vision, and communicating Widener’s commitment to excellence through its marketing and its internal and external storytelling channels.
Previously, Travis spent five years as the senior associate vice president of advancement at St. Joseph’s University. She spent 12 years as the assistant vice president of development at her alma mater, La Salle University, where she managed all university fundraising programs. Travis began her career in fundraising as a major gift officer at Villanova University. She is a frequent speaker on higher education, fundraising and advancement topics with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).
Travis has two degrees from La Salle, a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in education. A native of the Philadelphia area, Terry is proud to have worked to advance the mission of three of Philadelphia’s “Big Five” schools.
Session – Technology …..Pine Room
How to Distribute and Automate Your Expertise Online
David Simons, Principal, Kingdom Social Media
David D. Simons is a mediapreneur who utilizes his offline and online skills to promote brands, increase businesses, support causes, and build relationships. His passion and excitement for media have attracted the likes of Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, churches, and entrepreneurs. David obtained a degree in Digital Media from Sacramento State University and a Master’s degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. David is the CEO of Kingdom Social Media, which is an organization designed to teach business owners and business leaders on how to effectively use social media to build their businesses. David has been recognized by Entrepreneur.com, Dell Computers, Yahoo, Xerox Corporation, and Hootsuite for his strategies in social media.. David lives in Philadelphia, PA with his loving wife, Abigail Simons. David lives by this rule: “The biggest risk you will take in life is not taking risks.”
Session – Technology …..Sycamore Room
Workplace Violence and Strategies for Saftey
Brian P. Haughton, MS, EMT-B, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Eastern Pennsylvania MAGLOCLEN
Brian P. Haughton is a retired Corporal from the Philadelphia Police Department, with over 30 years of experience working in the Criminal Justice system. His service includes assignments working in the SWAT Unit and receiving various training in Terrorism response procedures, as well as several years working as an instructor at the Police Academy. Brian is currently a Law Enforcement Coordinator for Pennsylvania with the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), part of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, which supports Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Law Enforcement with intelligence and analytical work, training and specialized equipment services.
Session – Career Development…..Oak Room
Good Idea vs. Business Idea – Is Your Idea a Sustainable Business?
Curtis Gregory, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Instruction, Strategic Management, Temple University, Fox School of Business
Curtis Gregory is Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Strategic Management department, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Before joining the Fox faculty full-time in 2018, Dr. Gregory served as an adjunct instructor within the College of Liberal Arts and as a project executive with the Fox Management Consulting Practice.
Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Gregory was a Mayoral appointment as a Senior Director of the Office of Business Services housed within the Commerce Department for the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Gregory has maintained a highly successful career as a Senior Vice President within the commercial banking industry. This background, within the banking industry, includes small business banking, retail banking, institutional trust, commercial banking, and business banking.
Lecturing across the country about access to capital for entrepreneurs, he has been described as an enabler of people who want to start or grow a business with a specialization in developing human capital for marginalized people. Dr. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University McGregor, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University.