02a: Kahiga Tiagha - The Problem
NOTE: inclusion I hack has moved to November 1st!
Kahiga's career highlights include:
AWS Certified Solution Architect –Associate (March 2017)
4x selection to Pennsylvania SuperLawyers "Rising Stars" in Business and Corporate Law (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).
2x awarded Certificate of Recognition, City of Philadelphia - City Council Resolution (2011, 2014).
Selected for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program (2014).
Appointed to Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE.
Chair of Legal and Immigration Committee of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs.
Treasurer, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter campaign (2006 - 07).
Kahiga believes we are all better off for diversity
He believes embracing diversity isn’t difficult once you look at the benefits, but there are reasons in our history as to why it hasn’t come to pass.
He says since 2000, Philly has changed by:
Diversifying the economy beyond just “eds and meds.”
Part of this is the 2035 Plan
Feels like a lighter city
Such as the use of public space — Dilworth Plaza, Love Park, 30th St. Facade.
Check out PHS Pop Up Gardens and Parks on Tap
Beer gardens are helping tax revenue immensely.
Kahiga didn’t realize how nice East Passyunk has gotten since 2000 until a few weeks ago.
Foodies love Philly!
Tim Wisniewski is Philly’s Chief Data Officer and he’s committed to making Philly government more diverse.
Philadelphia’s diversity enforcement mechanisms have historically fallen short.
Diverse companies earn more revenue, so being diversity should be a capitalist tenet.
Government contracts often launch businesses, so awarding contracts to more diverse companies, this will help mitigate the issue.
Need to get leaders into conversation about diversity and brainstorm about policies and best practices.
Check out Inclusion Hack on November 1st!