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Robert W. Sorrell

Robert W. Sorrell was founder and President of R.W. Sorrell Enterprises, LLC. specializing in diversity and fund raising consultation.  Bob began his career as an educator, teaching mathematics and coaching basketball, but discovered his niche within human services and civil rights: The Urban League Movement.  He served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Urban League and CEO of the Philadelphia Urban League.  At the latter, Bob started the State of Black Philadelphia Report to encourage leaders to join the Urban League, implemented new programs and services, and instituted the Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Institute.  Bob also expanded the Urban League Guild.


Bob served on the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Consumer & Business Affairs Advisory Board, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Previously, he served as Board Vice Chairman, as well as, Chairman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee. Bob is a member of the Benedict College National Alumni Association. He was a graduate of Benedict College and Carnegie Mellon University. Bob was selected by former Mayor Edward Rendell, to serve on the Educational Nomination Panel for the Philadelphia School District. He also served as a Philadelphia delegate to the President’s Summit, co-chaired the Parent Involvement Subcommittee and was appointed by former Governor Tom Ridge to the Pennsylvania Human Resources Investment Council.


“As President of the Philadelphia Urban League, Bob distinguished himself as a dynamic speaker, a champion of human and civil rights, and a true patriot. I am proud to know him and blessed to be considered by him as a friend.”

Willie F. Johnson

Founder/Chairman, PRWT Services, Inc.

I am constantly inspired by Bob Sorrell’s commitment to the community and its young people.  He has always emphasized the importance of education and encouraged those around him to excel.”


Daniel J. Hilferty

Former President & CEO, Independence

“The Bob Sorrell Scholarship Fund will continue Bob’s legacy of community service for years and generations to come.  The Fund also provides individuals, and businesses, a vehicle to create endowed scholarships in memory of family and community heroes.”


Michael A. Nutter

Former Mayor, City of Philadelphia

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