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Sulaiman Rahman

Sulaiman W. Rahman is the founder and CEO of DiverseForce, a strategic human capital solutions firm that specializes in cultivating diverse leadership pipelines and inclusive ecosystems across all sectors. In 2017, DiverseForce partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to develop DiverseForce On Boards, an innovative leadership development program that trains mid-to-senior level professionals of color from the public and private sectors to serve more effectively on nonprofit boards in the region. The program's success has attracted support from major corporations and foundations.

Prior to DiverseForce, Rahman has been a visionary business and civic leader for over 15 years. In 2007, he founded a professional network, UPPN, and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with 18,000+ local subscribers and 5,000+ active, next generation leaders. In 2015, UPPN was named the Philadelphia Business Journal's #1 networking association. UPPN is now a DiverseForce talent community. Rahman currently serves on the board of directors for the Kimmel Center, Community College of Philadelphia Foundation (Board Vice President), Mastery Schools, and TeenSHARP. He also serves on numerous advisory boards and committees.

In the past, Rahman has been active in various business and civic leadership roles. He served as Chairman of the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE (2010-2012), was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for PIDC, and was appointed by the DNCC (Democratic National Convention Committee) in 2016 to serve as Co-Chair of the DNC Volunteer Committee.

Rahman is the recipient of many honors and awards over the decade. A few include OIC's Game Changer Award (2019), US Senator Bob Casey's Black History Month Honoree (2019) YearUP's Urban Empowerment Award (2018), Philadelphia Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award (2017); President's (Obama Administration) Gold Volunteer Service Award (2016); Philadelphia Tribune's Most Influential African American Leaders (2009-2018); Philadelphia NAACP Business Leader Award (2015); BMe's Community Leadership Award & Grant (2015); Philadelphia Business Journal's "40 under 40" (2010); VisitPhilly 360 Creative Ambassadors (2010); Urban League of Philadelphia "Urban Young Leader" Award (2009); Leadership Philadelphia's "101 Next Generation Connectors" (2009); Philadelphia Tribune's "10 People under 40 to Watch" (2008).

Rahman is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship.