One Independence leader was honored and another was a featured panelist at the Corporate Philanthropy Conference and Awards in Philadelphia on June 26. The Philadelphia Inquirer hosted the celebration of community service at the Crystal Tea Room.
Stephen Fera, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Independence Blue Cross, accepted a Leadership Award. The award was given to recognize Independence’s first annual Community Impact Day in 2018, a company-wide day of service. These service projects were organized by Independence’s corporate volunteer program, the Blue Crew. More than 1,800 Blue Crew volunteers donated over 15,000 hours to 105 nonprofit organizations in our region in 2018.
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of Independence Blue Cross Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs at Independence Blue Cross, participated in a panel at the event about the future of philanthropy in Philadelphia. The panel was moderated by Inquirer columnist Erin Arvedlund. It also featured leaders Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and B-Lab.
Pictured left to right are panelists Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder, B-Lab;, Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, IBC Foundation, Aishah Miller, executive director and senior vice president, Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations, Wells Fargo; Deborah O’Brien, senior vice president and Corporate Social Responsibility manager, Bank of America, and moderator Inquirer business columnist Erin Arvedlund