The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia launches its 2019-2020 Pay It Forward Cohort, a mentorship program with 66 participants from a diverse range of industries, including technology, arts & culture, real estate development, and more.

“I’m pleased to participate in this year’s Pay it Forward program. Mentoring early professionals can have a meaningful impact on their careers and enhance our region’s business community as a whole,” said Chamber Vice President of Civic Affairs, Yvette Núñez.

Pay It Forward is a cross-industry mentoring engagement program that pairs young professionals with executives from Chamber member companies. The program supports our region’s next generation of leaders. Since its creation in 2016, there have been over 100 young professionals and senior executive alumni that have benefited from this program.

Past participant, Vasiliki Papanikolopoulos, GSK, shared, “The Pay It Forward program creates an amazing opportunity to learn from others who know something different and to surround yourself with like-minded individuals – who are disruptive, curious, and entrepreneurial in large and small organizations alike.”

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Pay It Forward Cohort
Eva Wasko, Allen & Gerritsen
Paula Green, American Cancer Society
Allison Lang, The American Heart Association
Christopher Kassay and Fred Massanova, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Noel Ridlon, BDP International, Inc.
Matthew Rybak, BlackRock, Inc.
Melissa Brannon, The Barnes Foundation
Andrea Allon, Yvette Núñez, Tom Levy, and Mari Juarez, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Jonathan Hood, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Wendy Nickel, Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Christina Wong, Comcast NBC10 Telemundo 62
Judi Exantus, Customers Bank
Scott Dare, Dare Commercial Services
Lauren Johnston, Day & Zimmermann
Reese Blair and Dhruv Patel, Deloitte LLP
Brian Boyle, DLA Piper LLP
Troy Podell, Downingtown Area School District
Lori Reiner and Benjamin Sternberg, EisnerAmper LLP
Nakia Slaughter, Exude / Big Brothers Big Sisters
Audrey Shapiro, Freedom Mortgage Corporation
Alexis Ahiagbe and Kalela Williams, The Free Library of Philadelphia
Denise McKnight, Friedman LLP
Claire Katchur, Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth
Rick Grodin, Healthcare Administrative Partners
Martin Weitzman, Humana
Jamie Neill, International SOS
Joseph Biancaniello, JP Morgan Chase
Francis Bitting, Liberty Coca Cola
Steve Maley, Lunova Group
Rory Sullivan, MassMutual Greater Philadelphia
Phil Burkett, Meyer Design
Anna Solomon, NextFab
Grace Meredith, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Emily Schreck, Philadelphia OIC
Carl Cherkin, Philadelphia Union
Tiffany Jenkins and Tyrone Hampton, Philadelphia Works
Kelsey DeMerlis, Philadelphia Youth Network
Ilene Burak, PIDC
Bridget O’Halloran, Playworks PA
ShyamOza, PNC
Deanna Byrne, PwC
Sheila Boornazian, Philadelphia Works
Chaitali Baviskar, Salus University
Meghan Fennelly, Seer Interactive
Cindy Lemaster, SolomonEdwards
Lauren Kaskiel, Spark Therapeutics
Shelly Castorino, St. Clair CPA Solutions
Evan Davis, Sugarhouse Casino
Geoff Brandon, TD Bank
Francesca Gonzales, FS Investments
Kalie Wertz, Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication
Lauren Horner, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Barb Saverino, United Way Worldwide
Paul Sharkey, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware
Hal Shorey, Widener University, Oskin Leadership Institute
Brandon Schmoyer

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