CEO Access Network

Forging relationships between large businesses and minority-, LGBTQ-, and women-owned enterprises
CEO pairings since the program’s inception in 2010

The CEO Access Network, a Diversity & Inclusion program of the Chamber, creates an informal network of relationships between large business CEOs and minority, LGBTQ, and women entrepreneurs 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.


Applicant Criteria

Minority, LGBTQ, and women CEOs must:

  • Have an existing for-profit business with at least three-year sales history
  • Demonstrate at least $500,000 in annual sales and an increase from the prior year
  • Provide goods, services, technology, capital or resources to create jobs, wealth, and a predictable rate of return to investors and owners


Program Structure

CEO Access is comprised of large business CEOs (Large Partners) who are paired with minority, LGBTQ, and women CEOs (Small Partners) 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).

Large Partners are encouraged to invite Small Partners to join them at Chamber programs and events outside of the CEO Access gatherings and introduce them to new business and social networks. Small Partners are encouraged to interact and touch base with their Large Partners throughout the program year.

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

Gathering Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 8:00 – 9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 8:00 – 9:30 AM
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 8:00 – 9:30 AM
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Featured Alumni (Large Partners)

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 Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
Anne Ewers, President & CEO, The Kimmel Center, Inc.
Varsovia Fernandez, Senior Vice President & Philadelphia Market Leader, 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, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
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, Esquire, Chairman, Stradley Ronon
Stephen Tang
Judith M. von Seldeneck, Chairman & CEO, Diversified Search
Joan Waters, CEO, COFCO Office Furnishings

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