Commencement 2022 Speakers
Coinciding with Rosemont’s Centennial year, the theme for Commencement 2022 draws on a statement from Rosemont’s mission statement: “fostering joy in the pursuit of lifelong learning.”
Rosemont’s 2022 Commencement speakers are:
- David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, will deliver Rosemont College’s Undergraduate Commencement Address.
- Jacqueline Adams Stevens ‘09, mental health advocate and content creator, will deliver the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Address.
About the Speakers
David Gould is the Chief Diversity and Impact Officer for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), an organization comprised of sports and entertainment properties, including the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center, HBSE Real Estate, HBSE Ventures, Sixers Innovation Lab, and more.
He was named to the newly created role Chief Diversity and Impact Officer (CDIO) in September 2020, after HBSE’s Managing Partners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, unveiled the company’s racial equity action plan, including a commitment of $20 million to fight systemic racism and champion equality.
As the CDIO, Gould is responsible for overseeing HBSE’s $20 million commitment to
racial equity and efforts to promote diversity equity and inclusion within the company
and across the communities that HBSE’s teams live, work, and play. This includes employee
recruitment and professional development programs; guiding leaders in establishing and
maintaining business practices that will invest in, support, and communities of color;
and building relationships with community leaders to drive change and make an impact
on the communities in which HBSE businesses operate. Examples include:
- Investments to promote affordable housing and homeownership in low-income Philadelphia communities
- Maximizing HBSE’s spend with diverse businesses
- Programs leverage the 76ers and New Jersey Devils platforms to promote small, local diverse businesses among the teams fanbases
Prior to joining HBSE, Gould served as a Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative, a more than $400 million effort to revitalize community parks, recreation centers, and libraries across Philadelphia while growing small, diverse businesses and connecting women and people of color with careers in construction. Gould’s efforts focused on ensuring that community members were able given a voice in shaping the vision for the revitalization of their community space and supporting Rebuild’s efforts to maximize the participation and growth of diverse workers and businesses working on Rebuild’s construction projects.
Gould also spent four years at the William Penn Foundation where he served as a Program Officer, managing a $20+ million grant portfolio focused on public space and community development projects in underserved communities across Philadelphia.
Gould serves on the Board of Trustees for the Free Library of Philadelphia and on the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic and Community Advisory Council.
Gould earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester and his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.