2023 Philadelphia Titan 100: Lauren Swartz, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
December 1, 2023

2023 Philadelphia Titan 100: Lauren Swartz, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

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The Titan 100 program recognizes the top 100 CEOs & C-level executives. They are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion.

Collectively the 2023 Philadelphia Titan 100 and their companies employ more than 93,000  individuals and generate over $33 billion dollars in annual revenues. This year’s honorees will be published in a limited-edition Philadelphia Titan 100 book and profiled online. They will be honored at the annual awards ceremony on September 21st, 2023, and will be given the opportunity to interact and connect multiple times throughout the year with their fellow Titans, both locally and nationally.  

The Titan 100 embodies the true diversity of the Philadelphia business landscape. Representing technology, manufacturing, education, healthcare, construction/real estate, staffing, professional services, hospitality, transportation, and the energy sector among many others.

For more information and a complete list of Titans, please read our 2023 Philadelphia Titan 100 press release. Click here

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Lauren Swartz

President & CEO
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1949
Industry: Nonprofit

Lauren Swartz is a leader in the nonprofit sector, with a commitment to fostering global connectivity and understanding in her role as the president and chief executive officer of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

Under Swartz’s leadership, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia not only survived the pandemic but flourished. Swartz navigated the organization through the necessary pivot to virtual programming and then orchestrated an early return to in-person events. Her strategic approach resulted in a 70% increase in staff and over 30% growth in revenue.

Swartz’s passion for international affairs and education is rooted in her diverse background. She began her career in Copenhagen, working in international education and designing European study tours. She then spent 15 years in international trade, focusing on the food and agricultural sector, where she helped to launch American Lobster in China.

Swartz was instrumental in driving Philadelphia’s international engagement efforts, covering areas such as global business, trade, investment, diplomacy, delegations and foreign affairs.

In her current role, Swartz leads all aspects of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, including finance, development, speaker programs, education, travel, membership and operations. The council has become a nonpartisan international affairs nonprofit with over 70 years of knowledge in connecting Philadelphia to the world. The organization advances Philadelphia’s understanding of global affairs and nurtures the next generation of global citizens, the nonprofit said.

Swartz envisions the council continuing to grow and solidify its position as the region’s largest, oldest and strongest international organization. The next five years will present opportunities to rebuild global connections post-pandemic and create economic impact through international trade and investment, the nonprofit said.

As Philadelphia prepares to welcome the world in 2026 for the nation’s 250th birthday and the World Cup, the council will provide professional training, diplomatic protocol, youth ambassadors and speaking opportunities for the numerous international visitors the city will host.

“Focusing my career on international in a region that does not view itself as particularly international was a risk,” Swartz said. “I moved to Philadelphia from Europe in my 20s and hadn’t intended to develop a career focused on global opportunities, but that was the differentiated skill set I could offer employers. My expertise in trade, international business, diplomacy, foreign direct investment, global education and foreign affairs continued to grow, doubling down on this differentiated skill that isn’t often prioritized in the region.”

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