Our friend Bonnie Grant is back where she belongs - at the helm of an important Philadelphia agency and ready to tackle the sort of Big Challenge that she excels at.
The Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress (GPLSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, has named Bonnie Grant as executive director, effective April 1.
The GPLSC grew out of Philadelphia hosting the 2005 BIO convention, which had more than 18,000 attendees and an economic impact of $35 million.
The GPLSC strives to connect leaders in higher education and research institutions, venture capital entities, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and the health care communities to position the Philadelphia region as a world-class destination for meetings and conventions.
Grant has more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications in the education, government, corporate and non-profit sectors, including nine years as deputy city representative under Mayors Rendell and Street. Most recently, she served as director of communications for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
“The life sciences affect everyone,” said Grant. “From research to finding a cure for a disease and new drugs to treat it, to attracting new and innovative businesses to our region – this sector provides passionate and provocative topics that drive policy making and touch people on every part of the planet, all of which require the meeting of great minds. We want those minds to meet here in Philadelphia.”
And you're the one to make it happen, Bonnie. Congratulations!