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Independence Blue Cross Executives to speak at 2022 B.PHL Innovation Festival

By September 9, 2022February 20th, 2023Community Featured Innovation Leadership

Independence Blue Cross (Independence) executives will participate in three sessions during the 2022 B. PHL Innovation Festival.

Independence is the lead sponsor of the festival, which takes place Sept. 9 and 10 at Location 215 (990 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia) and will also be streamed virtually on the B.PHL website.

The three sessions Independence executives will participate in include:

  • The Intersection of Health and Gun Violence
    Sept. 9, 10:55 to 11:55 a.m. | In-Person at Location 215 and streamed virtually
    Independence President and CEO Greg E. Deavens will moderate a discussion about the effects of gun violence on physical and mental health. Panelists will include Dr. Jerome Adams, former U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Philip McCallion, director of the School of Social Work at Temple University; and Dr. Chidinma Nwakanma, Penn Medicine emergency medicine physician.
  • Social Determinants of Mental Health
    Sept. 9, 12 to 12:45 p.m. | In-Person at Location 215 and streamed virtually
    Independence’s Executive Director of Health Equity Dr. Seun Ross will participate in a panel discussion about the social factors that have been linked to mental health. She will join Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia, owner and principal of the Sophia Consulting Firm; Dr. Frank Franklin, Deputy Health Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health and senior program manager of the Field Building and Resources department at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.
  • The Future of Work: Where, Why, and How Gen Z Wants to Work
    Sept. 9, 3:50 to 4:35 p.m. | In-Person at Location 215 and streamed virtually
    Independence’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Crystal Ashby will be part of a panel addressing the future of the workplace. The panel will be moderated by Campus Philly President Dr. Jen Kebea. The session will examine how employers are taking a step back to rethink where, why, and how we work.

The B. PHL Innovation Festival was originally founded and produced by Independence in 2019 in collaboration with a range of Philadelphia organizations. This year, the festival is being run by Amplify Philly with support from Witty Gritty and REC Philly. Independence is the lead sponsor.

The festival will be a gathering place for creatives, entrepreneurs, leaders, students, and industry changemakers from near and far. It will feature global keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, engaging conversations, and live entertainment throughout. For more information and tickets, visit