This week, we completed the third program year of Pay It Forward: Mentoring Our Future Leaders.

Pay It Forward is a unique cross-industry mentorship program, which pairs young professionals with executives from Chamber member companies. We are now accepting applications for next year’s cohort. Potential mentees and mentors are invited to apply.

Who can participate


Mentors are high-level executives from Chamber member companies (member company must be in good standing). Mentors are respected members of the region’s business community and understand the Chamber’s mission, vision, and goals.


Mentees are young professionals who are engaged with the Chamber, usually either through Chamber member companies (member company must be in good standing) or through the Young Professionals Council (YPC). Non-Chamber and Non-YPC members may also be considered for the program. Mentees are committed to leadership development and enhancing personal, professional, and civic engagement to impact regional growth.

Program structure

Program participants meet formally as a group and are also encouraged to meet one to two hours per month on an individual basis. Pairings are made based on personal and professional goals and interests, competencies, experience, and expectations.

Time requirements

The time requirements for the relationship are determined by the mentors and mentees (Partners). Partners decide how often they get together, in what format, and how long each meeting should be. The Chamber holds an orientation session for mentees and three to four formal Partner gatherings throughout the course of the program year.

A special thanks to our sponsors

  • ESM Productions
  • Fox Management Consulting
  • Temple University
  • Widener University

Our 2018/2019 cohort



Andrea Allon

Chief Operating Officer
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Jessi Sheridan

Chief Operating Officer
Delta Phi Epsilon

Cass Bailey

Slice Communications

Vasiliki Papanikolopoulous
Geoffery Brandon

Regional Vice President
TD Bank

Lirui Li

Regional Vice President
Oak Street Health

Ilene Burak

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Rachel Collins Clarke

Cozen O’Connor

Paul Dougherty

EisnerAmper LLP

Ben Bowman

Partner/Chief Strategy Officer
Velocity Advisory Group

Denise DiSimone

SVP, PNC Corporate Finance
PNC Bank

Darrell Davis

Manager, Civic Affairs
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Vince Ferrara

Director, National Marketing Development

Anthony Cafagna

Specialist Sales Representative

Mary Fitzgerald


Rikki Quinn James-Renz

Director of Clinical Research Contracting
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Stephanie Gambone

Executive Vice President
Philadelphia Youth Network

Majlinda Kapllanaj

Sr. Financial Analyst
Cigna Corporation

Rick Grodin

Chief Operating Officer
Healthcare Administrative Partners

Tyler Berryman

Manager, Corporate Development
Day & Zimmermann

Dawn Holden Woods

Turning Points for Children

Shawnna Williams

Coordinator, Member Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Kimberly Kashon

Senior Vice President,
Director of Commercial Real Estate
Risk Strategy and Credit
Citizens Bank

Isabel Brouhard

Manager, Executive and Donor Relations
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Jason Lewis

Manager, Regional Media Relations
Allen & Gerritsen

Briana Broadus

Communications Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion

Patricia Marts

Director, Business Development

Aliah Molczan
Sharmain Matlock-Turner

President & CEO
Urban Affairs Coalition

Amanda Evans

Program Specialist, Community Outreach & Impact
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Joe Naaman

Executive Vice President & Chief
Revenue Officer
Skylight Intelligence

Rob Giorgio

Senior Graphic Designer
American Bible Society

John Otte


Ben Bowman

Partner/Chief Strategy Officer
Velocity Advisory Group

Neal Pollack

Association Account Executive
My Benefits Advisor

Brandon Cove

Technology and Management Consultant

Lori Reiner

Chief People Officer
EisnerAmper LLP

Colin Redd

SVN | The Concordis Group

Lori Reiner

Chief People Officer
EisnerAmper LLP

Kenyatta James

VP, Strategy
Platinum Brands

Barbara Saverino
Abby Panetta
Paul Sharkey

Director, Small Business Sales

Eli Silverman

Senior Auditor

Larry Skinner

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Conversion Technologies International, Inc.

Rashon Howard


Jan Weinstock

Vice President, Administration & General Counsel
Gift of Life Donor Program

Brandon Johnson

Assistant Director, External Affairs
Urban Affairs Coalition

Roy Wells

President & CEO
Triad Strategies

Tim Walters

Account Executive
Sabre Systems

Rob Wonderling

President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Mitch Gyger

Chief Operating Officer
OPS Security Group

Education & Talent Action Team

Pay It Forward: Mentoring Our Future Leaders is organized through the Chamber’s Education & Talent Action Team, a cross-disciplinary group of 140+ leaders focused on creating clear pathways for the alignment between individuals and employers to assure that we are training and engaging the region’s current and future leaders.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Education & Talent Action Team (ETAT) or becoming an Action Team member, contact us.