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Business on Board 2024 Cohort Portal

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SESSION 1: TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2024
8:30AM Breakfast | 9:00AM – 12:00PM In-Person Participatory Session | 12:00PM Informal Lunch

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (200 S Broad St Ste 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102)

SET THE STAGE

Laura N. Solomon, Esq., Founder, Laura Solomon and Associates

Laura N. Solomon, Esq. is the founder of Laura Solomon & Associates. LS&A is a law firm devoted to the representation of nonprofit, charitable, and other tax-exempt organizations and philanthropic individuals. Ms. Solomon and her associates serve as outside, general counsel to hundreds of organizations, providing a full range of corporate and tax legal services that include representation for mergers, joint ventures, affiliations, and complex financings. LS&A clients include public charities and private foundations, community foundations, museums, hospitals, schools, religious groups, business, environmental, animal welfare, amateur sports organizations, social clubs, and political action committees. These organizations range in size from small start-up organizations to large social service providers and multi-national charities that conduct international grant-making.


Jenn Richards Founder/Principal, High Gear Consulting Group

Jenn Richards is a nonprofit consultant with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic communications, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide leadership and integrated strategic support to nonprofit leaders and boards during times of change or growth. She frequently serves as Interim Executive Director for organizations undergoing leadership transitions.

SESSION 2: THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2024
3:30PM – 5:00PM | Virtual Recorded Webinar

SET THE STAGE

Laura N. Solomon, Esq., Founder, Laura Solomon and Associates

Laura N. Solomon, Esq. is the founder of Laura Solomon & Associates. LS&A is a law firm devoted to the representation of nonprofit, charitable, and other tax-exempt organizations and philanthropic individuals. Ms. Solomon and her associates serve as outside, general counsel to hundreds of organizations, providing a full range of corporate and tax legal services that include representation for mergers, joint ventures, affiliations, and complex financings. LS&A clients include public charities and private foundations, community foundations, museums, hospitals, schools, religious groups, business, environmental, animal welfare, amateur sports organizations, social clubs, and political action committees. These organizations range in size from small start-up organizations to large social service providers and multi-national charities that conduct international grant-making.


Jenn Richards Founder/Principal, High Gear Consulting Group

Jenn Richards is a nonprofit consultant with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic communications, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide leadership and integrated strategic support to nonprofit leaders and boards during times of change or growth. She frequently serves as Interim Executive Director for organizations undergoing leadership transitions.

SESSION 3: TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2024
8:00AM – 10:00AM | Virtual Participatory Session

REFINING ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Peter Mostachetti, Global People & Culture Leader, TC&IS, IBM

A 24-year IBM veteran, Peter Mostachetti started out as a storage specialist, and eventually followed his passion to Leadership Development, and Talent Transformation. With experience engaging audiences in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Peter specializes in engagement, feedback, managing dilemmas, fostering collaboration, transformational leadership, and using Agile techniques to drive cultural transformation. Peter is an accomplished actor having performed in and around the Hudson Valley and Off-Broadway. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international conferences, and a four-time speaker at the United Nations. As a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, he has always been committed to mentoring, coaching, leading teams; helping people to find their hidden strengths and values with a mind toward moving forward. In his spare time, he’s an executive coach, and works with local area schools through the Gay, Lesbian, Education Network (GLSEN) to develop students and educators, making schools safer for all.


Jenn Richards Founder/Principal, High Gear Consulting Group

Jenn Richards is a nonprofit consultant with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic communications, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide leadership and integrated strategic support to nonprofit leaders and boards during times of change or growth. She frequently serves as Interim Executive Director for organizations undergoing leadership transitions.

SESSION 4: THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2024
3:30PM – 5:00PM | Virtual Recorded Webinar

REFINING ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Peter Mostachetti, Global People & Culture Leader, TC&IS, IBM

A 24-year IBM veteran, Peter Mostachetti started out as a storage specialist, and eventually followed his passion to Leadership Development, and Talent Transformation. With experience engaging audiences in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Peter specializes in engagement, feedback, managing dilemmas, fostering collaboration, transformational leadership, and using Agile techniques to drive cultural transformation. Peter is an accomplished actor having performed in and around the Hudson Valley and Off-Broadway. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international conferences, and a four-time speaker at the United Nations. As a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, he has always been committed to mentoring, coaching, leading teams; helping people to find their hidden strengths and values with a mind toward moving forward. In his spare time, he’s an executive coach, and works with local area schools through the Gay, Lesbian, Education Network (GLSEN) to develop students and educators, making schools safer for all.


Jenn Richards Founder/Principal, High Gear Consulting Group

Jenn Richards is a nonprofit consultant with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic communications, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide leadership and integrated strategic support to nonprofit leaders and boards during times of change or growth. She frequently serves as Interim Executive Director for organizations undergoing leadership transitions.

SESSION 5: TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2024
8:30AM Breakfast | 9:00AM – 12:00PM In-Person Participatory Session | 12:00PM Informal Lunch

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (200 S Broad St Ste 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102)

INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Jennifer Blasy, CPA, Associate, Your Part-Time Controller

Jennifer Blasy, CPA, is a client Manager in the Philadelphia market. She is a nonprofit accounting professional with a broad range of experience in audit, forensic accounting, consulting, and nonprofit accounting leadership. In her roles as a nonprofit Controller, she has managed annual operating budgets with a focus on budgeting and financial statement analysis as well as cash, investment, banking, and risk management. As a former auditor and certified fraud examiner, she performed a variety of forensic accounting and litigation support services.


Chaya Scott, Vice President of Consulting, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Chaya Scott inspires organizations to achieve their goals by creating governance structures, assessing community needs, and implementing systematic change in community-based organizations. With more than 22 years of experience as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector, including establishing and growing two nonprofit organizations, Chaya utilizes best practices, evidence-based strategies, and data-informed approaches to help clients build their capacity. Through strategic thinking, organizational development, capacity building, and leadership training, Chaya ensures organizational leadership has the tools to effectively and efficiently advance their missions.


Jacki York, Associate Controller, Your Part Time Controller

Jacki York is an enthusiastic accounting professional with over ten years of experience in auditing and small business consulting. She works hard to ensure that her clients are prepared for day-to-day success and can take advantage of new opportunities. Her expertise includes month-end closing procedures, financial statement preparation, audit support, risk assessments, internal controls evaluation, creating policy and procedure, and fraud investigations and remediation. Jacki volunteers with both    professional and community organizations.

SESSION 6: THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2024
3:30PM – 5:00PM | Virtual Recorded Webinar

INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Jennifer Blasy, CPA, Associate, Your Part-Time Controller

Jennifer Blasy, CPA, is a client Manager in the Philadelphia market. She is a nonprofit accounting professional with a broad range of experience in audit, forensic accounting, consulting, and nonprofit accounting leadership. In her roles as a nonprofit Controller, she has managed annual operating budgets with a focus on budgeting and financial statement analysis as well as cash, investment, banking, and risk management. As a former auditor and certified fraud examiner, she performed a variety of forensic accounting and litigation support services.


Chaya Scott, Vice President of Consulting, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Chaya Scott inspires organizations to achieve their goals by creating governance structures, assessing community needs, and implementing systematic change in community-based organizations. With more than 22 years of experience as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector, including establishing and growing two nonprofit organizations, Chaya utilizes best practices, evidence-based strategies, and data-informed approaches to help clients build their capacity. Through strategic thinking, organizational development, capacity building, and leadership training, Chaya ensures organizational leadership has the tools to effectively and efficiently advance their missions.


Jacki York, Associate Controller, Your Part Time Controller

Jacki York is an enthusiastic accounting professional with over ten years of experience in auditing and small business consulting. She works hard to ensure that her clients are prepared for day-to-day success and can take advantage of new opportunities. Her expertise includes month-end closing procedures, financial statement preparation, audit support, risk assessments, internal controls evaluation, creating policy and procedure, and fraud investigations and remediation. Jacki volunteers with both    professional and community organizations.

SESSION 7: TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2024
8:00AM – 10:00AM | Virtual Participatory Session

LEVERAGE YOUR PRESENCE AND NETWORK

Peter Mostachetti, Global People & Culture Leader, TC&IS, IBM

A 24-year IBM veteran, Peter Mostachetti started out as a storage specialist, and eventually followed his passion to Leadership Development, and Talent Transformation. With experience engaging audiences in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Peter specializes in engagement, feedback, managing dilemmas, fostering collaboration, transformational leadership, and using Agile techniques to drive cultural transformation. Peter is an accomplished actor having performed in and around the Hudson Valley and Off-Broadway. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international conferences, and a four-time speaker at the United Nations. As a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, he has always been committed to mentoring, coaching, leading teams; helping people to find their hidden strengths and values with a mind toward moving forward. In his spare time, he’s an executive coach, and works with local area schools through the Gay, Lesbian, Education Network (GLSEN) to develop students and educators, making schools safer for all.


Ruby Lopez Harper, Chair, Robert E. Gard Foundation

Mexican, Mother, Wife, Dancer, Photographer, Poet and Social Justice Warrior. Ruby is an expert Arts Administrator with 20+ years’ experience in the sector. She is Chair of the Robert E. Gard Foundation, on the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County board, the Aha Creative board in Ft. Wayne, IN, the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response steering committee and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. Ruby’s work has focused on equitable access, grantmaking, supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, marketing, and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She was selected as a 2019 Arizona State University Practices for Change Fellow. She is a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow and Class of 2017 American Express Leadership Academy Alum.

SESSION 8: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2024
3:30PM – 5:00PM | Virtual Recorded Webinar

LEVERAGE YOUR PRESENCE AND NETWORK

Peter Mostachetti, Global People & Culture Leader, TC&IS, IBM

A 24-year IBM veteran, Peter Mostachetti started out as a storage specialist, and eventually followed his passion to Leadership Development, and Talent Transformation. With experience engaging audiences in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Peter specializes in engagement, feedback, managing dilemmas, fostering collaboration, transformational leadership, and using Agile techniques to drive cultural transformation. Peter is an accomplished actor having performed in and around the Hudson Valley and Off-Broadway. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international conferences, and a four-time speaker at the United Nations. As a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, he has always been committed to mentoring, coaching, leading teams; helping people to find their hidden strengths and values with a mind toward moving forward. In his spare time, he’s an executive coach, and works with local area schools through the Gay, Lesbian, Education Network (GLSEN) to develop students and educators, making schools safer for all.


Ruby Lopez Harper, Chair, Robert E. Gard Foundation

Mexican, Mother, Wife, Dancer, Photographer, Poet and Social Justice Warrior. Ruby is an expert Arts Administrator with 20+ years’ experience in the sector. She is Chair of the Robert E. Gard Foundation, on the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County board, the Aha Creative board in Ft. Wayne, IN, the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response steering committee and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. Ruby’s work has focused on equitable access, grantmaking, supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, marketing, and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She was selected as a 2019 Arizona State University Practices for Change Fellow. She is a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow and Class of 2017 American Express Leadership Academy Alum.

SESSION 9: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2024
FringeArts (140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

11:30 AM | Lunch Served
12:00PM – 5:00PM | In-person Participatory Session
5:00PM  – 7:00PM | In-person Alumni Reception

INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Candance Kenyatta, Co-Founder and Managing Partner (Client Solutions | Business Development), Grovider

Candace Kenyatta is an esteemed practitioner with two decades of experience as an educator, learning and development professional, change management leader, executive coach, researcher, and knowledge management consultant. Candace is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Grovider, a knowledge management consulting firm committed to optimizing organizational performance and enhancing human lives. Candace uses her practitioner experience and her training in quantitative and qualitative research methodology to design research and data-informed solutions for leaders across industries.

OBSERVERSHIP CHECK-IN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024
9:30AM– 10:30AM | Virtual Participatory Session

2024 Cohort

Saul Behar (he/him)

General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives (ret.), University City Science Center

Saul Behar is a senior executive and strategic advisor with deep cross-functional expertise in legal, real estate, fundraising, external relations, and corporate governance matters, and with a passion for tech-based economic development and inclusive growth. Most recently, Saul served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. During Saul’s 15-year tenure at the Science Center, he was responsible for all legal and corporate governance matters and led the organization’s initiatives in STEM education and workforce development. Earlier, he also led all activities in fundraising (public and private) and government and community relations.

Karen Boltz (she/her)

Head of Product Management, College Ave Student Loans

Karen Boltz is Head of Product Management at College Ave. Prior to joining College Ave, Karen had 15 years of experience developing marketing strategies to grow new customer acquisition, retain existing customers and increase value of existing customer base at Fortune 200 companies – 10 years focused on product management, 8 years in financial services. Karen holds a B.A from Syracuse University and M.B.A from University of Delaware.

George Boudreau (he/him)

Executive Director, Ebenezer Maxwell Mason

George Boudreau is a public historian and has worked with museums and historic sites since his teens. He moved to Philadelphia from his native Indiana in 1994, when he received a series of research fellowships to complete his doctoral dissertation in history. In the years since he’s taught at the university level and continued to work with sites. He came to Maxwell Mansion in September 2023 as Executive Director.

Eric Cortes

Senior Director, Social, Visit Philadelphia

With over a decade of experience in communications and marketing, Eric has led national strategies, managing content, social engagement, and digital trends. His expertise spans various industries, including notable work on the 2020 Census campaign, recognized by Twitter. Honors include being named one of City & State Philadelphia Forty Under 40, the “Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos” and winning the Hispanic Professional of the Year Award. He holds degrees from Temple University and St. Joseph’s University, with a graduate certificate in Professional Writing from Old Dominion University.

Christopher Crawford (he/him)

Community Relations and Marketing Senior Executive Manager, The Salvation Army

Christopher Crawford works in Community Relations and Marketing with The Salvation Army in Greater Philadelphia, where he strives to increase awareness of the organization’s mission and expand its reach throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Christopher is deeply committed to serving the needs of the community in everything he does. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Christopher is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, rock climbing, and exploring the natural beauty of the world.

Aylin Daldal (she/her)

Associate, Kleinbard

I am a mid-level associate at Kleinbard. Through my legal work, I have helped small businesses with M&A transactions. I have also provided general corporate guidance for smaller clients and more recently, startups. I have never served on a board so I’m very interested in learning. My legal background and experience via the various clients that I have served across numerous industries would make me an invaluable asset to a board.

James Dannhauser

Senior Principal, Slalom Consulting

Jim is a leader in the Client Service team at Slalom Consulting in Philadelphia. He grew up in the metro NYC area before stopping in Boston, finally landing in Philadelphia with his family in 2015. His wife Caitlin is a Finance Professor at Villanova University and has two elementary school-aged daughters.

Kiersty DeGroote

Attorney, Bochetto & Lentz, P.C.

Kiersty DeGroote is an associate attorney at the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she returned after law school to make a difference in her hometown city. Kiersty graduated law school in 2017, and currently serves on the board of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyer Division, and the Young Lawyer Council of the Philadelphia Intelligencer. Kiersty is looking for ways to connect her legal civic engagement with cultural institutions, such as those involved with the Arts and Business Council for Greater Philadelphia. Kiersty will use her skills derived from complex commercial litigation and leadership positions to continue to grow the vibrant cultural scene of Philadelphia.

Andrew Dieck (he/him)

Director, Program Strategy, Performance Systems Development

Andrew Dieck currently serves as Director, Program Strategy at PSD, an Energy Efficiency Implementation Firm. In that role, he works to design, deliver, and optimize PSD’s services to utility clients. He has a deep arts background, spending time in the art departments of SAIC and Bard College in undergrad. He received both an MFA and MBA from Temple University. A Philadelphia native, Andrew recently moved to Fishtown after years in Mount Airy with his cat Lola.

Tiffany Dolan (she/her)

Executive Director, Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Dolan has been an entrepreneur for over twenty years, empowering high-risk youth locally and internationally with her in-school yoga and mindfulness program. She was awarded ‘Best of the City’ by Comcast for her business impact. Currently, she serves local businesses in Greater Woodbury as the Executive Director, overseeing business development and Chamber directives.

Gena Dorris (she/her)

Senior Associate Director, Development Communications, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation

Gena Dorris is a mission driven communications professional with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit, arts, sports and entertainment and fashion industries both in the US and UK. Her areas of expertise are writing, media /community relations and fundraising. Gena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Morgan State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Richmond, The American International University in London. She currently serves as Senior Associate Director of Development Communications at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Outside of work Gena is passionate about giving back to her community through the Junior League of Philadelphia and enjoys traveling, museums and the arts.

Donald Duncan (he/him)

Chief Compliance Officer & Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering Strategy, SEI

Don joined SEI as a Chief Compliance Officer and the Global Head of AML Strategy in January 2023. Don has over 19 years of regulatory compliance experience. Prior to joining SEI he spent the preceding 6 ½ years with the Alternative Investment Firm & Investment Advisor Hamilton Lane Advisors, LLC., where he headed up their Global Anti-Money Laundering Program and served as the Chief Compliance Officer & supervising principal for their affiliated U.S Broker-Dealer. Don is qualified by FINRA examination and holds series 7 and 24 registrations. He also is Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) through his active association with the international anti-financial crime organization ACAMS. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane Don held a variety of Senior Director & Compliance roles within PRUCO Securities a subsidiary of Prudential Financial Inc., and AXA-Equitable supporting distribution supervision & compliance. Donald earned a bachelor’s degree from New England College in Hanover New Hampshire, and is a U.S. Navy Veteran, in addition to spending over 14 years in the entrepreneurial & small business owner arena.

Rachel Edelman (she/her)

Grants Manager, Haas Associates

Rachel manages her Director’s philanthropic activities in partnership with a local family foundation. Her professional focus areas are public media, journalism, documentary film, and arts & culture. Her personal and volunteer interests include voting rights, reproductive rights, travel, yoga and reading. Rachel is a native of the Philadelphia region, and graduated from NYU in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media & Communication Studies. She lives in Plymouth Meeting with her husband and four-year-old daughter.

Marie Faustin

Transition Service Management, Unisys

Marie Faustin is a Transition Service Management at Unisys with over 20 years in IT. She leads teams on service enablement initiatives while earning a trusted advisor reputation for delivering best-in-class solutions, powering customers to optimize their technology investments.
Marie holds an MBA and a BS in Computer Science. She also served as a board member / Co-Chair Director of Programs in the Network of Women in Computer Technology (NWCT) organization, which focuses on supporting women in STEM fields.

Ileana Fortuño (she/her)

Senior Coordinator, Talent Engagement & Programs, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Ileana has a diverse professional background, having worked in a variety of roles in nonprofit theater while pursuing a Masters of Science in Arts Administration. She currently works for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, running their Young Professionals Council and supporting the Chamber’s talent attraction campaign. She is passionate about creating meaningful and engaging experiences for diverse audiences and stakeholders and collaborating to achieve shared goals.

Michael A. Giangiordano II (he/him)

Co-Owner/REALTOR, Century 21 Forrester Real Estate

Michael Giangiordano is a lifelong Philadelphian. Born, raised, and still living in South Philadelphia, He is co/owner of Century 21 Forrester with his father, Mike Sr. Mike is also the founder of Rental Rater, a review site for apartments where past tenants can rate their landlords, properties, and addresses.

Bridget Golob (she/her)

Associate, Milbank LLP

Bridget Golob is an associate at Milbank LLP in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, her M.A. from King’s College London with distinction, and her B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Reif, U.S. Court of International Trade. She is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.

Angela Hersch (she/her)

VP, Customer Success, Suitable

Angela is the Vice President of Customer Success at Suitable. She supports higher education clients as they construct or enhance their student development programs. With a passion for continuous improvement, Angela analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data to provide best practices and insights. She ensures clients are successful with the software and supervises all customer support operations. Before Suitable, Angela spent 5 years as a management consultant focused on spearheading institutional/municipal technology implementations.

Lindsey Hover (she/her)

Manager, Business Attraction & Expansion, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Lindsey is an economic development professional with a track record of leveraging research for tangible economic impacts. She builds coalitions to engage and empower companies to locate in Greater Philadelphia, creating quality jobs. Lindsey holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Professional Certificate in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her research focuses on intersecting technology and labor policies to address climate change.

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Tom Interrante

Director of Underwriting Partnerships, WXPN

A 30-year broadcast veteran, Tom Interrante joined WXPN in June 2011 and is responsible for leading the WXPN Underwriting department. Additionally, Interrante works closely with the programming, development, and marketing teams at XPN. During his tenure, Tom has cultivated long-term business relationships within the Philadelphia business community, media market, and NPR music. Under Interrante’s leadership, the XPN underwriting team has experienced over 75% revenue growth. He holds an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine Kendall (she/her)

Board Member, A Book a Day

Christine Kendall’s short fiction has appeared in numerous publications. She is also the author of two novels published by Scholastic. Christine has served as a juror for the NYC Book Awards and co-curated an award winning prose reading series. She currently serves on the Board of A Book a Day, a nonprofit that engages the arts to expand literacy. Before becoming an author, Christine worked in the field of law firm talent management.

Daniel Kirk (he/him)

Principal, Heidrick Consulting (Heidrick & Struggles)

Dan is a leadership advisor and executive leader, team, and board coach, with a BA in Psychology from Penn and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from NYU. Dan has done non-profit consulting through ABC before and is eager to deepen his social impact through this great organization.

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Artemis Koch (she/her)

Executive Director, Global Support Services, University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Koch is a motivated leader with 25+ years experience in creative and collaborative international program operations support. She has consulted inside and outside Penn on various aspects of international activities, including: compliance, employment, payroll, tax, relocation, benefits, compensation and travel policies, and international assignment program issues. She launched and co-chairs Penn’s Global Incident Management Team (GIMT) and the Committee on Travel Risk Assessment (CITRA), both part of the global safety and security infrastructure at Penn. She established the Global Administrators Working Group (GAWG) which serves as the main forum to bring forth operational needs in global activity at Penn. Artemis joined Penn from KPMG LLP, where she spent more than 15 years in International Tax and Global Mobility Services. Artemis is a Pennsylvania CPA with a Master in Taxation and a Master in Law.

Adam Lesnick (he/him)

Executive Director, Orchestra 2001

Adam Lesnick has decades of experience as a musician and arts administrator, including Executive Director, Education, and Community Outreach positions. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ballet, Chamber Orchestra, Opera, Pops, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Adam’s musical travels have taken him to 70 countries including Fulbright Research grants in Egypt and India. He founded International Opus, a music publishing company featuring diverse composers.

Telsa Love (she/her)

Senior Associate, Design Director, Interiors, CosciaMoos Architecture

Telsa is a seasoned design mind with a keen eye for how a space should make you feel. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Drexel University in Interior Architecture and is currently an active adjunct professor at her alma mater. An NCIDQ certified Interior Designer, Telsa leads project teams through all construction phases of interior design, FF&E selection, space planning, test-fits, branding and wayfinding. She stays active in the design community and is an active member of CREW, NAIOP, Urban Land Institute and a board member of Professional Women in Construction. She is also WELL AP certified and is passionate about making sustainable and healthy spaces for people to live and work in.

Michelle Masood (she/her)

Human Resources and Staffing Specialist, WHYY

Michelle obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rutgers University. She has been in Human Resources for thirteen years and has been with WHYY since 2019.

Mollie McEnteer (she/her)

Gov Affairs Consultant, One+Strategies

Government and public affairs professional with an extensive background in managing state and local clients, legislative issues and funding initiatives in PA. My client portfolio includes many nonprofit and arts and cultural organizations I have assisted on the state and local level. Additional experience includes project management, marketing, event planning, political campaign and state government positions.

Meghan Miller (she/her)

Director, Consulting Services, CGI

Meghan Miller is an experienced consulting professional specializing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. As a Director of Consulting Services at CGI, she is responsible for strategic account management, business development, and member (employee) management. Meghan has an MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University, and a bachelor’s in marketing from Villanova University. Outside of work, Meghan spends time with her family (husband, Brian and 4-year-old daughter, Ellie) and her passions include fitness, travel, pop-culture and musical theater.

Cheri Mitchell (she/her)

Graduate Student, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research of Bryn Mawr College, Girls First

Victoria Offutt (she/her)

Associate Marketing Manager, Consumer Insights, Campbell Soup Co.

Victoria Offutt is currently a Consumer Insights professional at the Campbell Soup Company. A proud graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, she studied marketing and psychology, marrying the business and behavioral science ethos perfect for her 10+ year career in market research. In her free time, you can find her skiing, hiking, traveling, or going to farmers markets and other events around Philadelphia with her husband and 1 year-old son.

Emily Perrotta (she/her)

Senior Associate, Senior Project Interior Designer, Ballinger

Emily Perrotta has 20 years of professional experience and has designed award-winning interiors with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Ballinger. Her design creativity and extensive knowledge of materials and furniture has contributed to cultural landmarks including the Barnes, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and the Obama Presidential Center. Originally from Pittsburgh, Emily is a graduate of Drexel University and has called Center City Philadelphia home for 23 years.

Tim Roe

Senior Director, Empactful Capital

– Philly Native
– Temple 09 Grad
– Started career in Finance and now build and invest in digital health startups
– Passionate about making Philly a better place through the arts

Darnell Schoolfield (he/him)

Social Media and Marketing Manager, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Darnell Schoolfield is a creative go-to in the arts, culture, and non-profit sectors. He is the Social Media and Marketing Manager at Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program.

With a background in creative writing, design, videography, curation, and music journalism, he brings a unique skill set to managing the organization’s social media presence through content creation and strategic marketing efforts.

In 2018, Darnell became the first Digital Content Creator for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, helping oversee digital strategy and content creation for parks such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, Penn’s Landing, Cherry Street Pier, Race Street Pier, and Blue Cross RiverRink. In 2021, he co-founded Art From the Heart Gallery, Philadelphia’s first-ever NFT Art Gallery, sparking an innovative change in the crypto art scene, focused on providing access to ownership in digital assets. To date, Schoolfield delivers creative direction to multidisciplinary artists, creates independent and organizationally backed digital programming, facilitates panel discussions, and curates galleries and exhibitions throughout the tri-state area, helping give voice to historically underrepresented artists.

As a native Philadelphian, Darnell is dedicated to community engagement while serving on and co-organizing Philadelphia Contemporary’s Rising Wing advisory group. He is also a member and co-founder of SupaIceCold Productions, an independent audio and media production company founded in 2011.

Marisa Sharkey (she/her)

Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Harmony Biosciences

Marisa Sharkey is a healthcare communications executive with 20 years of experience leading organization-wide communications and social impact. She is Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Harmony Biosciences. Previously, she handled communications and media relations at Novo Nordisk, and led communications at various Philadelphia healthcare systems including St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Graduate Hospital and The Cooper Health System. She has also worked at numerous PR agencies, including AKCG Public Relations Counselors and LevLane.

Kunal Shukla (he/him)

Senior Engineer, Investment Strategy, PECO/Exelon

Kunal is a Senior Engineer with the Investment Strategy team, currently focused on building Long Range Investment Plans for PECO and Exelon. He has held various roles with increasing responsibilities within engineering, finance, and strategy teams. He previously led the Developing Young Professionals, employee resource group that supports the professional development of employees. Kunal holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business.

Laura Smythe (she/her)

Communications Manager, Visit Philadelphia

Laura Smythe is an award-winning journalist serving as communications manager at Visit Philadelphia. She has written about the arts and culture, tourism and hospitality, and travel and aviation sectors for years. An avid traveler, Smythe has visited 28 countries and reported internationally in Sweden and South Africa. Smythe has previously worked for outlets including Forbes magazine, Philadelphia Business Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Pauline Taylor (she/her)

Consultant, Awbury Arboretum

Joan Thompson (she/her)

Senior Producer, R/GA

Joanie Thompson is a Senior Producer in the Brand Design and Consulting practice of R/GA, where she manages enterprise-level brand strategy projects. She has worked with Pixar Animation Studios, A24 Films, Participant Media, and Bluecadet on both internal and client-facing projects. Her work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, Vimeo, the Webby Awards, Communication Arts, and SXSW Interactive. She holds a dual-degree MBA/MFA from NYU and a BA in English & American Literature from Middlebury College.

Christine Weiser (she/her)

Co-Founder, Philadelphia Stories

Christine Weiser is the Co-Founder of the literary magazine Philadelphia Stories and the Publisher of Tech & Learning magazine, where she manages a $2 million budget, the online publication, custom marketing programs, and 20 events for educators each year. She also serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Consortium of School Networking, is the author of three novels, and is a musician who has played in various Philadelphia bands since 1990.

Robert Wrzesniewski (he/him)

Head of Global Solutions, SEI

Rob is responsible for the strategic vision, development, and implementation of SEI’s Global Banking and Wealth Solutions. His teams reside in Oaks, PA and London, UK.

Rob joined SEI in 1992 and has held numerous positions across the organization. Prior to his current role, Rob spent 12 years leading the Service Delivery Platform for SEI’s Independent Advisor Solutions Group where he managed the service, operations, reporting, and technology infrastructures that support SEI’s advisor clients and their end consumers.

Resources

  • Ajené Livingston, Manager, Arts + Business Council
    P: (484) 553-5839
    [email protected]
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson (she/her), Director, Arts + Business Council
    P: (425) 971-0103
    [email protected]

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