In May 2018, the Chamber completed another successful program year of CEO Access Network. Boasting nearly 200 alumni members to date, CEO Access is an informal group of large business CEOs and minority, LGBTQ, and women entrepreneurs who are committed to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents.

The Chamber believes that job and business creation through entrepreneurship are critical in helping to address equity issues such as low-median household income, unemployment, and high poverty rates. By creating a vehicle for local minority, LGBTQ, and women entrepreneurs to build relationships with large business CEOs through CEO Access, the business community can propel Greater Philadelphia forward as an inclusive world-class region.

Partners meet as a collective three times a year to share business development goals, networking opportunities, and advice and counsel.

Hear what they have to say:

Susan Jacobson

“Programs like the Chamber’s CEO Access Network are critical because they provide access, skills, and expertise to women and minority entrepreneurs.” — Susan Jacobson, President, Jacobson Strategic Communications

Susan Jacobson

“The partnerships built through CEO Access help to attract a better talent pool that is a benefit to economic development.” — Krutee Shah, AIA, LEED AP, President, Paradigm Architecture, LLC

This year, the Chamber cultivated 15 partnerships. A special thanks to this year’s cohort of partners.

LARGE BUSINESS PARTNERS (alphabetical order)
  • Michael Araten, K’NEX Brands
  • Emily Bittenbender, Bittenbender Construction
  • Deanna Byrne, PwC
  • Larry Dubinski, Franklin Institute
  • Anne Ewers, Kimmel Center
  • Varsovia Fernandez, Customers Bank
  • Peter Gonzales, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
  • John Grady, PIDC
  • Fran Griesing, Griesing Law
  • Susan Jacobson, Jacobson Strategic Communications
  • Meryl Levitz, Visit Philly
  • Scott Mirkin, ESM Productions
  • Bernie Prazenica, ABC
  • Tim Reeves, Allen & Gerritsen
  • Steve Rosen, Aloysius Butler & Clark
MINORITY BUSINESS PARTNERS (alphabetical order)
  • Azuka Anyiam, VICA Technologies LLC
  • Erica Atwood, First Degree Consulting, LLC
  • Kaitlin Cleary, Team 624 Communications
  • Ofo Ezeugwu, Whose Your Landlord
  • Angela Giampolo, Giampolo Law
  • Marcus Iannozzi, Message Agency
  • Phyllis Jablonowski, Eventricity
  • Summer Knight, Firecracker International
  • Kris Kohl, HR Computes
  • Mia Mendoza, Mendoza Group
  • Sanjay Pawar, Bluesphere Advisors LLC
  • Kimberly Reed, Reed Development Group
  • Krutee Shah, Paradigm Architecture
  • Graylin Smith, SB & Company
  • Cindy Towers, JURISolutions

The Chamber is now accepting applications for the 2018/2019 CEO Access Network cohort.