The Driving Force

Our Leaders

Ed Satell

Founder & CEO

Regina Black Lennox

Vice President & COS

Peter Frumkin

Founding Research Director

Ariel Schwartz

Assistant Research Director

Lori Kappel

Executive Assistant

Reva Raghupathi

Director of Intern Program

Craig Snyder

Board Liaison, Marketing & Communication

Bernie Dagenais

Executive Liaison to the Corporate Community

Sir Oliver St. Clair Franklin

Executive Liaison to the Corporate Community

About the Founder, Edward M. (Ed) Satell

A successful, innovative and respected business entrepreneur for more than 50 years, Ed Satell is Founder and CEO of a multi-division media and ecommerce provider, headquartered in the Philadelphia region.  His company is well-known for a strong, supportive culture of accountability and dedication to corporate social responsibility. Ed believes, models and teaches “Think we, not just me”. 

He established two charitable foundations to support the belief that with success comes responsibility.  The Satell Family Foundation and the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust are among of the quietest but most effective in the region, with more than 30 selected activities with 24 institutions.

His Foundations turn his thoughts into action, focusing on five key areas:  developing disadvantaged children, developing young people of promise, supporting higher education, medical and energy research to improve lives, community and civic initiatives, and supporting his heritage. This quiet but extensive philanthropy is uniquely hands-on, with Ed known in the nonprofit world as a “thinking partner”.   He provides the business expertise and understanding of best practices greatly valued by the nonprofits supported.

Most recently, Ed founded and fully-endowed the ground-breaking Satell Institute, a Think and Do Tank for Corporate Social Responsibility.  The Institute is focused on championing the interdependence of successful business organizations, the well-being of the communities they operate in, and the need they have for each other, recognizing an inescapable priority for business leaders — to make the communities they operate in better by partnering for-profits with quality nonprofits, for the greater good. The Think Tank provides the research and educational resources that back this ideal.  Its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), created in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, is on the prestigious MIT-Harvard platform edX. 

Like Ed himself, the Institute is dedicated to CSR action.  The Do Tank has emerged as a “Collective Force” of many business and foundation leaders committed to community development to ensure communities’ long-term well-being—the greater good.  Members support one or more community nonprofit partners via one or more four-year, $25,000 per year (or more) commitment(s) to a nonprofit.  The Institute held its first private CEO-only CSR conference in April 2018, which was attended by more than 60 top CEOs desiring to learn more about CSR.  Bill McNabb, Vanguard Chairman, served as keynote speaker.

In 2017, Ed also established the first Fellowship for CSR at the University of Connecticut School of Business through the Satell Family Foundation.

In 2018, the beautiful Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore was dedicated.

Although he prefers little publicity, many nonprofits chose to honor him as an inspiration and role model.  These honors include:

2003    Greater Philadelphia Area Association of Fundraising Professionals “Philanthropist of the Year Award”

2005    World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Atlas “Man of the Year” Award

2006     Temple Sholom “Visionary of Sholom” Award

2007    Walnut Street Theatre “Man of the Year” Award

2008    Cradle of Liberty Council BSA Good Scout “Man of the Year” Award

2009    Caron Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” Award

2011    Inducted by Junior Achievement as Inaugural Member into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame

2012    The Legacy of Leadership Award from The World Affairs Council, presented by Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

2012    Inducted into the University of Connecticut Business School Hall of Fame

2013    The International Vision Award from International House, Philadelphia

2014    The Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award celebrating his contribution to supporting children around the world

2014    The Heroes of Liberty Award for his long-time commitment to Freedom and Values by the National Liberty Museum

2015    Leadership Award from the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

2016    Richard J. Caron Medal from the Caron Foundation

His Honorary Degrees Include:

2007    Doctorate from Gratz College, where he was also the Commencement Speaker   

2011    International Fellowship Degree from The Technion Institute, Israel

2016    Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Technion Institute, Israel

Ed has written a comprehensive and highly-regarded book on sales techniques, The Principles of Sales Excellence and contributed the foreword to The American National Tree and the final chapter for Defining New Christian-Jewish Dialogue.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity, elected to student government and a leader in various campus-wide activities.  Ed is a long-time member of the Young Presidents and World Presidents Organization. He founded the Nonprofit CEO Forum which fosters executive development for top regional nonprofit CEOs.   Ed also serves on numerous Boards in the Philadelphia region, as well as a national Board.

We invite you to watch and listen as Ed describes his vision for Corporate Social Responsibility in the video below.


We invite you to listen as Ed describes his vision for the Satell Institute on the Growing Greater Philadelphia Podcast.

Founding University Affiliates

The Satell Institute has affiliated itself with some of the top research institutions in the world, bringing together great minds in pursuit of the greater good.

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

University of Connecticut School of Business

“What has resonated with me, working with the Satell Institute, is the thought process. It’s many business people who really do terrific things such as creating a great culture in their companies, and their ability to give something back.”
Robert (Bobby) keyes
VP & General Manager, Enterprise Holdings
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