CEO Access Network

Forging relationships between Chamber member companies and disability-, LGBTQ-, minority-, veteran-, and women-owned enterprises
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CEO pairings since the program’s inception in 2010

CEO Access Network, a Diversity & Inclusion program of the Chamber, matches C-suite, established executives from Chamber member companies with small business owners from underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia business community* in order to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents. Partners share advice and counsel, as well as networking and business development opportunities. CEO Access is sponsored by Comcast Corporation.

* Disability, LGBTQ, minority, veteran, and women

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants interested in being matched to an established c-suite executive must:

  • Belong to a population underrepresented in Greater Philadelphia’s business community*
  • Have an existing for-profit business with at least three years of sales history
  • Demonstrate at least $500,000 in annual sales and an increase from the prior year
  • Have at least two full-time employees
  • Provide goods, services, technology, capital or resources to create jobs, wealth, and a predictable rate of return to investors and owners
  • Be located in the 11-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Gloucester, Mercer, Montgomery, New Castle, Philadelphia, or Salem)
  • Meet in person with their partner at three cohort gatherings. All cohort gatherings are located in Philadelphia, PA

* Disability, LGBTQ, minority, veteran, or women

Program Structure

CEO Access pairs established c-suite executives from Chamber member companies with small business owners from underrepresented enterprise communities* to share advice and counsel, as well as networking and business development opportunities.

Participants meet collectively three times during the program year to network and discuss their partnerships’ goals, activities, business opportunities, and relevant topics (ex. best practices for business growth).

Established c-suite executives are encouraged to invite their partners to join them at Chamber programs and events outside of the CEO Access gatherings and introduce them to new business and social networks. Participants are encouraged to interact and touch base with one another throughout the program year.

The pairings are expected to last for one program year (September – June), with the hope of establishing economic opportunities for the minority business and an enduring mutually beneficial relationship for the participants moving forward.

* Disability, LGBTQ, minority, veteran, or women

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alumni to date

2018 – 2019 Cohort

Celeste Ayjian

President
Northeast Exterminators

Emily Biscardi

Chief Executive Officer
Xelerate, LLC

Daniel Davis

Owner
DCD Contracting, Inc.

Larry Dubinski

President & CEO
Franklin Institute

Varsovia Fernandez

Philadelphia Market Executive
Customers Bank

Joan Francy

Owner
AdMed, Inc.

Manish Gorawala

President, CEO & Owner
Tri-Force Consulting Services, Inc.

John Grady

President
PIDC

Ernest Hanna

Principal
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Nicole Huneke

Owner
Huneke Associates, Inc.

Susan Jacobson

CEO
Jacobson Strategic Communications

Philip P. Jaurigue

Chairman & CEO
Sabre Systems

Joyce Lenhardt

Owner & Principal
Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors

Amy Loftus

General Manager
Slalom

Scott Mirkin

Executive Producer
ESM Productions

Tim Reeves

Principal
Allen & Gerritsen

Steve Rosen

Partner
Aloysius Butler & Clark

Tim Scheve

President & CEO
Janney Montgomery Scott

Nicole Simon

Managing Partner
Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi

Russ Starke

CEO
Think Company

Marc Tepper

Managing Shareholder – Philadelphia Office
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Matt Tinney

CEO
Windows Management Experts, Inc.

Karla Trotman

Executive Vice President
Electro Soft, Incorporated

Evan Urbania

CEO & Founder
ChatterBlast Media

Caesar Williams

President & Owner
Supplemental Benefits Groups, Inc.

Rob Wonderling

President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Jameel Worthy

General Manager & Owner
Steadfast Entities

Bernard Wright

President & Founder
BDJ Ventures

Featured Alumni

Michael C. Carbone

Metro Philadelphia Regional President
TD Bank

David L. Cohen

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Comcast Corporation

Marc Coleman

President & CEO
The Tactile Group

John Ekarius

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Harold T. Epps

Director of Commerce
City of Philadelphia

Anne Ewers

President & CEO
The Kimmel Center, Inc.

Varsovia Fernandez

Philadelphia Market Executive
Customers Bank

Daniel Fitzpatrick

President of Citizens Bank of PA / NJ / DE; Head of National Mid-Corporate & Industry Verticals
Citizens Bank

John Fry

President
Drexel University

John Grady

President & CEO
PIDC

William Hankowsky

Chairman, President & CEO
Liberty Property Trust

Daniel J. Hilferty

President & CEO
Independence Blue Cross

Susan Jacobson

President
Jacobson Strategic Communication

Philip P. Jaurigue

Chairman & CEO
Sabre Systems, Inc.

Scott Mirkin

President & Executive Producer
ESM Productions

Denis O’Brien

Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon Corp & CEO Exelon Utilities
Exelon

Tim Reeves

Principal
Allen & Gerritsen

William R. Sasso, Esq.

Chairman
Stradley Ronon

Stephen Tang
Judith M. von Seldeneck

Chairman & CEO
Diversified Search

Joan Waters

CEO
COFCO

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