Sulaiman Rahman’s New P4 Hub in Germantown Will Help Color Space Professionals Thrive

Miscellaneous Strength CEO Sulaiman Rahman has made training leaders from under-represented backgrounds a lifelong work. With the P4 (Public Private and Philanthropic Partnership) Hub for the promotion of racial equity and excellence coworking and event space, he hopes to push this work even further.

The new space will launch in November and with the help of partnerships with organizations that “share our mission of advancing leaders in our community,” said Rahman. Technically.

Located in Germantown near the SEPTA Wayne Junction station, the P4 hub is minutes from the city center and easily accessible by public transport. Rahman and his colleagues tentatively plan to open the hub on November 15, and he said he already has the backing of local entrepreneurs such as Little creative giant founder Tayyib smith and REC Philly co-founder Will Toms.

“Tayyib called me early this morning to make a referral,” Rahman said on Monday, after Smith attended the P4 preview event last weekend.

Outside of Smith’s Philly pipeline and the next one SI Laboratories and REC Philly’s 10,000 square foot workspace for creative professionals, there aren’t many workspaces in Philadelphia designed for black and brown professionals. This is not lost on Rahman, who hopes color professionals will have more spaces like P4 where they can build community.

At the P4 preview event, October 2021 (Courtesy photo)

For Rahman, P4 will affirm the core values ​​of CEO training at talent solutions company DiverseForce – community, education and opportunity. It aims to serve as a community of professionals from different sectors, but with similar objectives, through training offered directly in space.

“Education means partnering with higher education institutions and certification organizations to make sure people get the credentials and skills” they need to thrive, he said. This could include ‘digital transformation’ skills, leadership training, or financial literacy education.

Sulaiman Rahman. (Photo via LinkedIn)

The 4,200 square foot hub includes an event space equipped with audio and visual resources and tools such as projectors for meetings, allowing P4 to offer professionals working in the space the ability to organize events there as well. meetings. Companies can sponsor talents who want to work in the hub, while others can apply to become members.

The opening of P4 marks the culmination of its first phase. For what Rahman saw as its upcoming second phase, the hub will feature a content creation space that can support video content development and podcast recording. Classrooms will be available for hands-on development and training sessions, and a kitchen will also be available.

One of the notable aspects of the hub is that it will have satellite offices for companies like Lendistry, a California-based fintech CDFI that was recently approved to administer $ 150 million in grants to live music events in that state. And a San Diego-based lender Founders First Capital Partners, which works with under-represented founders, will also have an office. Founders First also intends to bring its accelerator to Philadelphia, Rahman said.

The founder is also excited about another less anticipated entity that has confirmed the space in the hub – the NFL Alumni Performance Lab. Directed by Dr Chuck Morris, the lab will provide the most commonly used technology and health assessment resources for the top 1% of athletes and apply these services to professionals working in the center. Rahman said he wanted to standardize health management among professionals who could focus on their jobs.

P4 is different from other workspaces in the city. But over time, Rahman hopes it emerges more.

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of the Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. -30-

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