Sulaiman W. Rahman

HR and Recruiting Resources Panel


Sulaiman W. Rahman is the Founder and CEO of DiverseForce, a high tech and high touch solution for workforce and supplier diversity. His career has focused on leveraging technology and events to engage, empower, and connect multicultural networks of professionals and entrepreneurs. He founded UPPN (now a DiverseForce subsidiary talent community) in 2007 and quickly made it one of the Greater Philadelphia area's most respected professional networks with over 16,000 subscribers in the region. In 2015, UPPN was named the Philadelphia Business Journal's #1 networking organization. Sulaiman and his DiverseForce team has plans to set the standard for diversity recruiting, retention, development.

Prior to founding DiverseForce, Sulaiman successfully launched a global marketing and distribution business in the consumer goods industry. Under his leadership, his team recruited and trained thousands of independent distributors in 40 US states, and 9 countries. In just 5 years, his team produced over $20 million in gross sales revenue. His leadership and business growth was recognized in industry publications such as SUCCESS from Home Magazine for achieving one of the highest tiers of global production and leadership in his first 18 months. He is now a speaker in the sales, marketing and recruiting industry, speaking on topics such as leadership, team building, networking, entrepreneurship and diversity to audiences ranging from tens to thousands of attendees.

Current Boards: Lendistry, Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, TeenSharp and YearUp Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Past Boards: Chairman of African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, DE, NJ (2010-2012), PIDC (Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation), YIP (Young Involved Philadelphia) and Philadelphia Film Society.

Awards/Honors: Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African American Leaders (2016, 2015, 2011, 2009); President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award at the White House (2016); Philadelphia NAACP Business Award (2015); Bme’s Community Leadership Award & Grant (2015); Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40”; VisitPhilly 360 Creative Ambassadors (2010); Urban League of Philadelphia “Urban Young Leader” Award; Leadership Philadelphia’s “101 Next Generation Connectors” (2009); Philadelphia Tribune’s “10 People under 40 to Watch”(2008).

Education: Studied Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania.