Executive Director Tourism

Greg DeShields


Greg DeShields

Residing in Cherry Hill, NJ, Gregory DeShields is a luminary in the field of tourism and hospitality. As the Executive Director Tourism, Gregory’s command over the industry is shaped by his educational background, extensive experience, and myriad professional accomplishments. Known as a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), Gregory has been instrumental in creating revolutionizing strategies and initiatives to shine the spotlight on tourism destinations. He is admired not just for his professional prowess, but also for his noteworthy contributions to academia and community service.

Greg DeShields also hosts the “Something to Say” podcast, an engaging and thought-provoking platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Something to Say was created to combine passion with purpose. It seeks to ignite curiosity, foster empathy, and empower its audience to find their passions and voices.

Greg’s New Consulting Page: https://gregdeshieldsconsulting.com

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Skål Philadelphia 70th Anniversary with June Seminario, Intercontinental Hotel Group


Karin M. Aaron, CTA, STS President & CEO Green Book Experience



By Greg DeShields
June 2024

In today’s fast-changing world, embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is not just the right thing to do but also a strategic advantage for organizations in all sectors. As a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) with extensive experience in academia, non-profit, corporate, and government, I have seen how DEI initiatives can drive real change.

We need to realize that our differences are our strengths. Creating a fair playing field where everyone has equal opportunities for success is crucial. This means actively breaking down systemic barriers and implementing fair policies for equal access.

At the core of DEI is creating environments where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. Organizations must commit to and prioritize strategies that foster cultures of belonging, empowering employees to be their authentic selves at work. This involves establishing fair hiring practices, building inclusive workplaces, and supporting underrepresented groups.

But most importantly, we must hold ourselves accountable for our DEI goals. Through regular assessments, transparent reporting, and open dialogue, we must measure our progress and identify areas for improvement.

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