Solas Awards

Solas means “light” in Irish. Each year at the Solas Awards the Welcoming Center takes this opportunity to shine a light on visionary leaders, and to honor individuals and companies that illuminate the positive impact that immigrants have on our regional economy.

Thank you for making the 2019 Solas Awards a great success! We look forward to seeing you next year!

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2019 Honorees

Dennis Clark Solas Award:
Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan

Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Co-Founder and Vice President, M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, was given the Dennis Clark Solas Award for her leadership, vision, and tireless advocacy for advancing human rights and addressing social injustice around the world.

Dr. Shyamalan was born in India, raised in Hong Kong and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She is the Co-founder and Vice President of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, for which she travels around the world vetting nonprofits. Under her leadership, the foundation has invested in initiatives both locally and globally that address issues such as Education, Food and Nutrition, Human Trafficking and Slavery, Livelihood and Jobs Skills, and Water. The foundation has supported nonprofits in India, Tanzania, Guatemala, South Sudan, Nicaragua, Kenya and Ghana.

Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity:
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia was given the Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity for recognizing the role of immigrants in strengthening the region’s economy, contributing to the workforce, and revitalizing and stabilizing our neighborhoods.

The Welcoming Center values The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as a strong partner whose Roadmap for Growth initiative has highlighted the role immigrants play in new business development, job creation and community revitalization.We share a common vision of strategically welcoming and integrating global talent into the local workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Chamber has become one of our biggest allies in advancing our critical mission in opening doors of opportunity so that all will prosper.

2019 Solas Awards Photo Gallery

2019 Event Sponsors