Allener Baker-Rogers & Fasaha Traylor on They Carried Us: The Fierce Women of Philadelphia

Allener Baker-Rogers & Fasaha Traylor on They Carried Us: The Fierce Women of Philadelphia

Meet some of Philadelphia’s fiercest black women leaders in the new book, "They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia's Black Women Leaders". They range from the first black woman known to be born in Philadelphia (1694)—who ran a ferry business during colonial times—to the woman whose childhood experiences led her to become a surgeon and medical advisor to celebrities. All of the women “bring it” as activists— in community and movement work, business and civic institutions, education, churches, medicine, government, journalism, sports and the arts.

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell is the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States. A bold and visionary leader, she champions change with empathy and integrity, inspiring the nearly 20,000 employees in the hospital’s $3-billion-a-year health system and research institute to create breakthroughs that have worldwide impact.

Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. They want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.

They help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, such as small loans. They work every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children health and families a bright future.

Peri Jude Radecic of Disability Rights Pennsylvania: Making Room for Everybody

Peri Jude Radecic of Disability Rights Pennsylvania: Making Room for Everybody

Disability Rights Pennsylvania, known as DRP, is part of a national network of disability rights non-profit organizations that protect and advocate for the rights of children and adults with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation.

Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman is the executive director of Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need, and advocating for policies that increase food access. Philabundance's mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Numbers don't lie. Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. Nearly 40-percent of the city’s students are not graduating high school and only 30-percent of eighth grade kids are reading and writing at grade level.

That’s why in 2009, Mighty Writers was launched with a five-word elevator pitch: To teach kids to write.

They do this through four-day-a-week writing academies at their six neighborhood locations in Philadelphia, at their Kennett site in West Grove, and at their site in Camden, New Jersey.

Over the course of a year—including summers—they take students through every genre of writing but always with the same goal: to get kids to think clearly and write with clarity.

Alicia Wallace of All Across Africa: Making & Selling Products That Strengthen Africa

Alicia Wallace of All Across Africa: Making & Selling Products That Strengthen Africa

Alicia Wallace is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of All Across Africa.  Known as, AAA the company is a social business working to create thousands of jobs by designing, training and exporting products from rural parts of Africa, thus using business as a change-agent for poverty in the developing world.

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

In Philadelphia, Knight Foundation focuses on the power of public spaces to unite and strengthen the city. In partnership with the city and other funders, they piloted Reimagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to connect and reinvigorate public spaces such as parks, trails, recreation centers and libraries. Their goal is to bring together people from all backgrounds, develop new local leaders and foster a more vibrant, engaged community.

Elena Timofeeva of Safe House Foundation: Fighting Worldwide Human Trafficking

Elena Timofeeva of Safe House Foundation: Fighting Worldwide Human Trafficking

For most of us, these victims are faceless as we struggle to understand who they are and how they came to be victims. Elena Timofeeva and the organization she cofounded, Safe House Foundation, have been on the front line fighting against human trafficking.

Jim Friedlich: Supporting Local Journalism in Philadelphia and Nationwide through The Lenfest Institute

Jim Friedlich: Supporting Local Journalism in Philadelphia and Nationwide through The Lenfest Institute

Jim Friedlich serves as executive director of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an innovative nonprofit organization that supports local journalism in Philadelphia and nationwide. The Institute is also the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, now the largest newspaper in America owned by a nonprofit organization, and leverages it as a “live lab” for innovative journalism efforts nationwide.