Gregory DeShields

Executive Director
PHL Diversity

Gregory DeShields Executive Director
Qualified Tourism/Hospitality and Academic Professional Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) proficient in developing and implementing plans, strategies, and initiatives specifically designed to raise destinations image for diverse, multicultural travel.

Experienced Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), with demonstrated cultural competence. Prepared to strategically position an organization to remove systemic barriers to inclusion, lead culture change, and transform the brand.

Graduate of Johnson & Wales University Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.S. Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management; and B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management. Professional Development Leadership Graduate: Institute for Diversity Certification, Urban League of Philadelphia, Leadership Forum, Leadership Philadelphia, and Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange.

Awards and Honors: 2020 Philadelphia Tribune Most Influential African American Leaders, 2020 Meetings Today Trendsetter (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Education), 2020 Funtime Magazine, Philadelphia Icon Award, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer, Diversity & Inclusion Awards Outstanding Association, voted 2019 Meeting Trends Top Influencers Meetings Industry, and recipient Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association 2019 Winds of Change Award.

Professional Affiliations: President SKAL Philadelphia Chapter, board member: AchieveNEXT Global, Blacks in Travel and Tourism, Boy Scouts of American Cradle of Liberty, Center City District, Center City Proprietors Association, COMHAR Inc., Greater Philadelphia Hispanic, African American, Asian-American, and LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Philadelphia Award.

Professional Certifications: Society of Diversity – Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), American Hotel & Lodging Association, Educational Institute – Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), and Asian American Hotel Owners Association – Certified Hotel Owner CHO)

Greg is a longtime Tourism and Hospitality professional, native Philadelphian with a passion for his work, and dedicated to giving back to the next generation of hospitality leaders.
Frequent presenter, specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fundamentals: Assessment, Planning, Strategies, and Implementation to reinforce the need for organizations to lead inclusion from the top.

Portfolio of Presentations:

•Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions
•Unconscious Bias and Social Stereotypes
•Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Strategies
•Managing Diversity
•Engaging Multicultural Audiences
•Unearthing Resources of Your Board
•Nonprofit Mergers, Collaborations, and Partnerships
•The Products Advantage

Committed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioner produced 2016, 2019, and 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conferences.

Contributing Freelance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion writer for Meetings Today, a national premier meeting planner resource. Composing journalistic articles, email newsletters, and Facebook posts.

October 2020Meetings Today Magazine
How Associations Can Foster Diversity and Inclusion

September 2020Meetings Today Magazine
Why Learning Your DEI Certifications Can Promote Supplier Diversity

August 2020Generocity Philadelphia Social Impact News
Black Philanthropy and the Divine Nine

July 2020Meetings Today Magazine
How to Recruit Underrepresented Professionals the Next Generation of Leaders

June 2020Meetings Today Magazine
Critical Value of Diversity and Inclusion

April 2020Philadelphia Gay News
We’re here, we’re queer, we count in the 2020 Census!

April 2019Philly Ad News
Minimizing Unconscious Bias with Deliberate Diversity & Inclusion Strategies,