2024 Annual Members Meeting

02/01/2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET


Join SBN as we come together as a local business community to celebrate our work and discuss plans to build a just, green, and thriving local economy.




Join us on Thursday, February 1, at the Science History Institute (315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) for SBN's Annual Members Meeting. 


The event presents a unique opportunity for businesses, organizations, and partners within SBN's membership and beyond to celebrate our accomplishments, hear plans for the year ahead, weigh in on the election of new Board Members, and network with local business owners while mingling over light fare. A thriving impact economy is evolving from possibility to practice, and Greater Philadelphia is a beacon. We are incredibly proud that our community is a driving force at the heart of it.


During the program, we're excited to have a special guest speaker, Jodie Harris, President of PIDC, Philadelphia's public-private economic development corporation that provides financing and real estate products to businesses, nonprofits, and developers in all neighborhoods of Philadelphia. She'll be in conversation with SBN's Executive Director, Devi Ramkissoon, to discuss financial sustainability for local businesses. The Fireside Chat with Jodie Harris will begin shortly after 7:00 pm


SBN will also hold its annual Board elections at the Annual Meeting. The general membership elects Board members annually, while the Board directly elects its officers. 


The evening will conclude with announcing this year's Triple Bottom Champion Award recipient. This award recognizes a business within SBN's membership that embodies the triple-bottom-line approach of being mindful of people, the planet, and profit. This year's finalists include: Honeysuckle Provisions, River Twice, The Wardrobe, Glitter, Circular Philadelphia, Bennett Compost, ClearCOGS, and Engineering & Land Planning Associates, Inc. Voting is now open to the general public. Please visit here to vote -- all ballots must be cast by Tuesday, January 30. VOTE HERE.


We hope you can come and connect with new faces, some familiar ones, and others of our impact economy, as there will be ample networking time. Hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments will be served.


Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024 
Time: 6 – 8 pm 
Tickets: $65 for members, $85 for non-members.



About our Special Guest Speaker: Jodie Harris, President of PIDC



Bringing more than 30 years of experience in economic and community development, Jodie has dedicated her career to driving meaningful, sustainable, and equitable economic growth, especially in historically underserved communities. As president of PIDC, Jodie works with the organization’s partners at the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce—along with stakeholders in the business, civic, and philanthropic communities—to drive inclusive economic growth, vitality, and opportunity to every corner and zip code of Philadelphia.


As the head of the CDFI Fund, Jodie successfully ensured the agency fulfilled its critical function of supporting mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically underserved communities across the country. Under her leadership, Harris annually managed an appropriated budget of approximately $300 million, including grant and administrative funding that supports the administration of various economic programs. She also led a team that  administered $3 billion in pandemic recovery funding, the highest level of appropriated grant funding in CDFI Fund history.


Jodie previously served in a variety of roles at the Department of the Treasury, including program manager, senior advisor, and director of community and economic development policy. While her work at the Treasury Department crossed several sectors, Jodie has long focused on initiatives that expand access to capital, with additional experience in community development finance and financial inclusion. Prior to her work in government, Jodie held various roles related to community economic development and empowerment from the very beginning of her career, including as a community development credit analyst with Meridian Bank before expanding her portfolio by working in the private sector as a strategic planning manager at Accenture and serving as a research analyst at the Institute for Education and Social Policy.


Jodie is a native of Philadelphia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the University of Maryland and has also earned two graduate degrees from New York University: an MBA in finance and management and an MPA in public policy.





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