Philly daily roundup: New Chamber of Commerce COO; Temple hires president; Smart shopping carts

Plus, unions that represent city workers sued Mayor Cherelle Parker's administration over her return-to-office policy.


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Philly Startup Leaders finds board leader

Gloria Bell is no stranger to Philly Startup Leaders, she has been involved with org since it started 15 years ago. Now, she’s taking up the position of board president along with a new team of board members.

Plus, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia announced Soledad Alfaro will be taking over as its new COO and the Wistar Institute is welcoming Josef Madzo as its new director of bioinformatics.

➡️ Check out even more Power Moves here.

Help us honor community-boosting engineers

It’s July, so that means we’re putting together our latest RealLIST Engineers. This annual series recognizes influential technologists and developers whose impact extends beyond their technical prowess.

We do this list in each of our markets, and you can check out last year’s Philly honorees here. Do you know anybody who’d be perfect for this list? Are you that person? If so, learn more here.

➡️ Nominate yourself or someone you know here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Generative AI is unavoidable, so organizations should lean in and learn how to incorporate AI tools into their employees workflow, Lindsay Mareau, vice president of strategy at Phenom, said at Tech Council of Delaware’s conference. []

• John Fry is officially leaving Drexel University to become Temple University’s 15th president. [NBC10]

• Four ShopRites in the Philadelphia area will be incorporating smart shopping carts. Called Caper Carts, these carts have screens that customers can use to scan their groceries as they shop. [PhillyVoice]

• Unions that represent city workers sued Mayor Cherelle Parker’s administration over her return-to-office policy. Parker announced in May that all city employees would have to be back in the office full time effective July 15.  [CBS News Philadelphia]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• DC215 is hosting its monthly TOOOLBox open house on July 5. [Details here]

• The Arts League is hosting a closing reception on July 6 for artist Diedra Krieger’s exhibit Screws and Glue. [Details here]

• Philly Data Visualization’s July Meetup is on July 11. [Details here]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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