PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter Honored with Diversity in Business Award

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)

PHILADELPHIA, PA] — The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission’s (PHRC) executive director, Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, has been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Diversity in Business honoree. The award acknowledges diverse business leaders who have not only excelled in their professional fields but also made significant contributions through philanthropic endeavors.

The Diversity in Business awards program is an initiative that honors those who identify as a majority minority, including individuals from Asian, African American, Hispanic or Latino, Middle Eastern, or native Alaskan, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander backgrounds, or as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Nominees are submitted by the public and reviewed by the Business Journal’s editorial board.

“Chad Dion Lassiter is well-deserving of this honor,” stated PHRC Chair M. Joel Bolstein, Esq. “His vision and leadership have propelled the PHRC to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading civil rights agencies. His work embodies what Pennsylvania needs to foster a more equitable commonwealth.”

Ashley Walkowiak, PHRC Director of Policy, Intergovernmental Affairs, & Mediation, echoed Bolstein’s sentiments. “As the Executive Director of the PHRC, he serves the people of the commonwealth by ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, can live, work, and learn free from unlawful discrimination. He understands that a strong and thriving business sector begins with diversity and equity,” she said.

Adrian Garcia, PHRC Director of Enforcement, added his own praise for Lassiter’s commitment to equality. “Executive Director Lassiter lives and breathes the mission and vision of the PHRC. He encourages his staff to combat injustice and discrimination and promote equal opportunity for all,” Garcia said.

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The recognition of Lassiter’s contributions to diversity and inclusivity in business is a testament to his leadership at the PHRC. His efforts have helped to shape a more equitable business landscape in Pennsylvania, proving that diversity isn’t just a buzzword but a critical component of a thriving, inclusive economy.

Lassiter will receive his award at an in-person ceremony on Feb. 15 and will be profiled in a special edition of the Business Journal on Feb. 16.

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