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!