2015 Solas Awards


The 2015 Solas Awards Was a Success!


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Wednesday April 29, 2015

6-8 PM

The Westin Hotel Philadelphia

The Solas Awards are an annual honor bestowed upon individuals in the Philadelphia region by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians for their contributions to improving the quality of life for immigrants to Pennsylvania. 

Daniel K. Fitzpatrick (Citizens Bank) , Osagie O. Imasogie (Phoenix IP Ventures), R. Andrew Swinney (Philadelphia Foundation)



The Realizing the American Dream Award goes to Osagie O. Imasogie, Esq., founder of Phoenix IP Ventures. This award is given to an immigrant who uses his talent and hard work to build successful enterprises that create economic opportunities for others and enhances the profile of immigrants as innovators and connectors to the global economy.

The Atlas Award for Creating Opportunity goes to Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA, President of Citizens Bank of PA/NJ/DE and Head of National Mid-Corporate and Industry Verticals. This award recognizes corporate leaders and organizations that understand the benefits of attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and pursue innovative ways to create opportunities for international talent in their companies and our region.

The Dennis Clark Solas Award goes to R. Andrew Swinney, President of the Philadelphia Foundation. This award pays tribute to the visionary historian Dennis Clark, who never tired of highlighting the contributions made by immigrants in Philadelphia. The award honors those who, like Clark, are able to reach beyond a narrow sense of self and be enlarged and enriched by embracing a common humanity.


Thank You to Our Sponsors! 


Iroko Pharmaceuticals 


Ballard Spahr

Citizens Bank

Dilworth Paxson

The Philadelphia Foundation


Phoenix IP Ventures

Reed Smith

Sandmeyer Steel Company

WES Global Talent Bridge


Robert and Patricia Aglira

Andrews Kurth LLP

Bank of America

Natalie K. Barndt

Nina Chen and Eric Langenmayr

Cozen O'Connor

Diversified Search

Duane Morris LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Holt Logistics Corp

Independence Blue Cross

Shirin and Rudy Karsan

Liberty Property Trust

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Salveson Stetson Group

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

SugarHouse Casino