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CGL Contributes to Inaugural GlobalPhilly™ 2013 Exposition


This fall, the Global Philadelphia Association oversaw a major initiative to call attention to the global character and potential of the Philadelphia region. From September 15 through November 1, the Association and its network of over 120 members devoted a 47 day spotlight on the many international dimensions in the City of Brotherly Love featuring more than 100 events. The GlobalPhilly™ 2013 exposition was the first of its kind for Philadelphia and exemplified the global aspects of the city through seven different categories: advocacy, arts, commerce, cuisine, education, heritage and sports.

GPA Board Chair and President John F. Smith III summed up the month-and-a-half long exposition by saying, “GlobalPhilly™ 2013 (GP13) is about raising the awareness of this region as to its international past, present and future.”

Global Philadelphia Association Executive Director, Zabeth Teelucksingh, hoped that GP13 would show off the international character of Philadelphia, a city inextricably tied to the American narrative of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. “I think GP13 really helps to brand Philadelphia. It certainly helps to push the city back out into the international realm,” she says. In Teelucksingh's view, Philadelphia is often tied to a small list of clichés, overshadowing the vast number of international assets of the city.

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Highlighting international business education, Villanova’s Center for Global Leadership collaborated with the MBA Program to feature an Open House and lecture by Center Faculty Director Jonathan Doh on September 24 entitled, “Globalization and the Changing Balance of Economic Power.” The event was held in Center City at The Hub and attracted more than 40 business professionals and potential MBA candidates. Center director Kim Cahill remarked, “This was the perfect opportunity to increase our visibility and showcase VSB’s international business expertise and global opportunities within the larger context of GP13.”

GlobalPhilly™ 2013 is part of the movement towards an even greater Philadelphia by giving Philadelphia citizens their first modern, international exposition in which they can participate on many levels. The multi-faceted exposition served as an eye-opening series of events throughout the diverse and multicultural city of Philadelphia. The primary aim of this work, as Global Philadelphia Association views it, is to pave the way for economic and social prosperity in the long term.

For More Information

The Moran Center for Global Leadership
Villanova School of Business
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4395

Jonathan Doh, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Kimberly A. Cahill

Michelle Casario, PhD
Co-Faculty Director, for The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership

Gloria Angel
Program Administrator

Sharon Ballard
Program Coordinator