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Independence Blue Cross conference convenes industry and community leaders to explore purposeful partnerships

As a leading corporate citizen, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) has been committed to serving and inspiring people in the Philadelphia region for 80 years.

That is why Independence convened a national conference, Partnerships with Purpose, aimed at exploring the power of collaboration to drive positive community impact. The conference brought together industry and community leaders to discuss opportunities for stronger, more innovative partnerships that improve the health and well-being of our communities.

During the opening leadership discussion with Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer at Comcast Corporation; and Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, the panelists discussed how working in silos limits the awareness, community support, and broad impact that could otherwise be achieved through collaborative and meaningful partnerships. The discussion was moderated by NBC 10 reporter Aundrea Cline-Thomas.

Nearly 400 people participated in the day-long event, including speakers from such diverse organizations as Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Campbell Soup Company, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, Brown’s Super Store Inc., Free Library of Philadelphia, Drexel University, City of Philadelphia, The UPS Foundation, and Travis Manion Foundation.