About Us

Our Values & Mission

At DiverseForce, our foundation is built upon the core values of inclusion, innovation, and impact. These values guide our work and drive our mission to promote inclusive ecosystems and cultivate diverse talent pipelines for the future of work, leadership and governance.

Our Evolution

1999

While on campus at the University of Pennsylvania, Sulaiman Rahman launches UrbanPhilly (UP), a digital platform that grows to over 30,000 subscribers, connecting multicultural professionals in Philadelphia through events.

2007

Rahman launches a spin-off to UrbanPhilly called Urban Philly Professional Network (UPPN), which quickly grows to become the largest and most respected city-wide professional network, offering events, education, and empowerment for Black and Brown professionals in the region. 

2017

Rahman founds DiverseForce as a Public Benefit Corporation to cultivate diverse leadership pipelines, promoting inclusive ecosystems and empowering talent across all sectors to develop skills for the future of work, leadership and governance.

2017

DiverseForce partners with University of Pennsylvania and ImpactED to launch the first Cohort of DiverseForce on Boards, a leadership development and board matching program designed to cultivate leaders and address the lack of racial/ethnic diversity on nonprofit boards.

2020

DiverseForce hires an experienced Director of Recruitment Services and support team to launch an Executive Search practice, to further diversify leadership in the social impact and nonprofit sector by guaranteeing a diverse slate of highly-qualified candidates for each search.

2021

DiverseForce opens the P4 Hub, a state-of-the-art events and convening space. P4 Hub serves as a home for DiverseForce’s community building, educational programming, and other special events. Also made available for third-party booking. 

2022

DiverseForce rebrands its professional network, UPPN, to become the BBEx Network (Black and Brown Excellence Network) and collaborates with mission aligned organizations to establish P4 Hub as their programming base.

2022

DiverseForce and P4 Hub are selected to be the Greater Philadelphia’s Community Development Lead for OneTen, a coalition of 70+ Fortune 500 CEOs committed to skills-first hiring and promoting one million underrepresented talent into family-sustaining careers over ten years.

2023

DiverseForce On Boards celebrates the graduation of its 10th cohort, marking an alumni network of 282 graduates who have filled over 250+ new nonprofit board seats since joining the program, both regionally and nationally. 

Our Impact & Clients

DiverseForce empowers organizations and individuals across all sectors to make a profound impact in their organizations and communities by amplifying their talent management and social impact efforts with a DEI lens.
DiverseForce provides replicable, affordable and impactful solutions to the nonprofit sector’s struggle to tackle systemic racism.

NATHAN BOON
William Penn Foundation
I am so impressed by your work - you guided us through this process thoroughly and thoughtfully. I am so glad that we selected you as a search firm. You run your organization with tremendous integrity.

PAULA GOLDSTEIN
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia
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Our Team

Within DiverseForce, we are proud to be home to a dynamic and diverse team of individuals who are passionate about driving meaningful change and building inclusive ecosystems. Our collective expertise and experience allow us to deliver impactful services and programs to our clients, partners, and community stakeholders.
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Our P4 Hub

In 2021, DiverseForce unveiled the P4 Hub, an ambitious initiative leveraging DiverseForce's expertise, reach, and impact. 

A Public, Private & Philanthropic Partnership Hub

Situated in a designated opportunity zone in Germantown, Philadelphia, P4 Hub has emerged as a high-tech and high-touch hub dedicated to advancing racial equity and excellence. Serving as an epicenter for cross-sector collaboration, P4 Hub breaks down silos and offers an ecosystem approach to scalable impact. It is here that innovative ideas are born, partnerships are formed, and collective solutions are developed to address the challenges of our time.

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