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December 27, 2016

Americas: Breaking Through Barriers

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Julie Coker Graham became the first African American woman to head a major metropolitan convention and visitors bureau when she stepped into her role as CEO and president of the Philadelphia CVB on January 1, 2016. Coker Graham spent 21 years in Hyatt management before coming to the bureau in 2010. She offers a unique perspective on diversity and inclusion, both from a personal and professional point of view.

Her advice for women who are looking to overcome barriers to leadership roles is nuanced: “I have always believed in having sponsors and advocates. Whatever field or market you work in, it’s important to have a person who is overtly or behind the scenes working on your behalf. That’s key, and much more of a priority for women.”

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