Satell Institute Announces Meaningful Affinity Tables for Fall Private CEO Conference
CEO members will have the chance to go deep on the CSR topics most relevant to them
The Satell Institute’s Fall Private CEO Conference—to be held October 31st at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh—will once again feature the organization’s much-celebrated, hallmark CEO Idea and Experience Exchange.
Long a favorite of SI’s CEO members and guests, the exchange gives conference attendees the opportunity to have lively, in-depth and useful conversations with their peers about Corporate Social Responsibility. Most CEO members cite the discussions as the highlight of SI’s conferences—and a reason they prioritize attending each one.
Unveiling This Fall’s Affinity Tables
The upcoming exchange will include “affinity tables” focused on six important areas of CSR. The tables allow attendees to have targeted conversations with their fellow CEOs and nonprofit leaders who share their passion for a specific area. The CEO Conference Committee helped identify broad impact areas for these conversations:
Education and Initiatives for Children and Youth
* Enrichment programs & organizations
* Support programs & organizations
* And more
* High schools, colleges, universities & education opportunities
* Work readiness and skills programs & organizations
* Trade schools
* And more
* Disease, disorder and proactive health research
* Health care and needs
* Health programs & organizations
* Mental health support & research
* Support for families & caregivers
* And more
* Food insecurity
* Housing insecurity
* Clothing insecurity
* Personal needs support including aging issues
* Disaster relief
* And more
Arts, Culture & Civic Institutions & Programs
* Entertainment programs and organizations
* Cultural enrichment
* And more
General CSR Across All Impact Areas
High Praise for SI’s CEO Conferences
The CEO Idea and Experience Exchange has generated universal praise from SI members.
“When you’re invited to as many events as we’re invited to, you realize there’s something different about a Satell Institute event,” says David Neff, founder of branding and PR firm Neff. “You take something away from each experience that’s positive and helps you grow your business.”
“The Satell Institute event brought together leaders in various industries with various skills, abilities and relationships to consider a major topic of societal interest,” says Steve Cohen, a partner at Morgan Lewis. “While one can’t micromanage the result from all of the conversations in the room that day, relationships were made, ideas were shared and alliances are beginning to implement those ideas that were initiated. That’s powerful.”
Important Conference Details
The theme of the Fall CEO Conference is “Building Bridges for Impact: How Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Organizations Partner to Create Thriving Communities.”
The keynote conversation will feature one of America’s most transformative university presidents, John Fry. President of Drexel University since 2010, Fry is a visionary with a nationally recognized record of accomplishment in education, economic development, neighborhood transformation, and civic leadership. With a long history of building bridges and creating dynamic partnerships, Fry has earned the nickname of “dream-maker,” an aspirational goal he’s achieved in each location where he’s served.
Also offering remarks will be two SI members: Buddy Hobart, the dynamic founder and CEO of Solutions 21 in Pittsburgh, and Michal Smith, the impactful CEO of Cradles to Crayons. The conference chair is Keith Leaphart, chairman of the Lenfest Foundation.
This private conference is open to Satell Institute CEO members and their invited CEO guests. The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., preceded by an informal networking breakfast for attendees at 7:45 a.m.
Satell Institute Announces Compelling Speaker Lineup for Private CEO Conference on October 31st
The fall conference’s theme, “Building Bridges for Impact,” flows from SI’s belief that community is every leader’s business. The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.. preceded by the networking breakfast at 7:45 a.m.
Building on the momentum of its record-breaking CEO conference last spring, the Satell Institute has announced a dynamic roster of presenters for its Fall 2023 Private CEO Conference. The event—the Institute’s 12th private CEO Conference—attracts member CEOs year after year because of the continuing value of hearing and learning from their CEO peers.
Entitled “Building Bridges for Impact: How Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Organizations Partner to Create Thriving Communities,” the exciting event will be held October 31st. Hosting the conference will be two great civic institutions renowned for their commitment to the greater good: The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. (The keynote presentation will be livestreamed from Philadelphia for Pittsburgh members).
A Keynote Speaker Not to Be Missed
John Fry, one of America’s most transformational university presidents, will be the featured keynote presenter. The president of Drexel University since 2010, Fry is a visionary with a nationally recognized record of accomplishment in education, economic development, neighborhood transformation, and civic leadership.
With a long history of building bridges and creating dynamic partnerships, Fry has earned the nickname of “dream-maker,” an aspirational goal he’s achieved in each location where he’s served. In a fireside chat that will include extensive Q&A with the audience, Fry will share his thoughts on the power of collaboration and why it’s more essential than ever in fostering the greater good.
The Importance of CSR for Free-Enterprise
Offering a free-enterprise perspective will be Pittsburgh member Buddy Hobart, founder and CEO of Solutions 21. A consultant, entrepreneur, author, and internationally recognized pioneer on leadership, Hobart is a trailblazer in the practice of attracting, developing, and retaining next-generation leaders. Hobart will look at the importance of building bridges in the community and among generational leaders.
Nonprofits’ Value and Perspective
Offering a nonprofit perspective will be Michal Smith, the impactful CEO of Cradles to Crayons. Recognized by Smart CEO magazine with its Brava Award, Smith has doubled Cradles to Crayons’ operating revenue and the number of children served, while growing its service delivery area to include a second state, New Jersey. Cradles to Crayons has a crucial mission: providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.
CEO Idea and Experience Exchange
The event will also feature the Satell Institute’s widely praised, hallmark CEO Idea and Experience Exchange, in which conference attendees candidly discuss with their CEO peers the successes they’ve had and challenges they face when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility.
SI’s Spring CEO conference, which featured an inspiring, nonpartisan keynote presentation from education reformer and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, was attended by a record-number of Satell Institute members and invited guests.
The CEO conference is being chaired by Dr. Keith Leaphart, chair of The Lenfest Foundation, one of the Philadelphia region’s most impactful philanthropies. The event is open to Satell Institute members and their invited guests.
Satell Institute Unveils Exciting Theme and Keynote Speaker for Its Stimulating Fall 2023 Private CEO Conference
The event will feature one of America's leading university presidents
The Satell Institute, the leading CEO organization dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility, is thrilled to announce the details of its Fall 2023 Private CEO Conference.
The dynamic gathering—to be held October 31st at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and livestreamed for members of SI’s Pittsburgh chapter and others—is entitled “Building Bridges for Impact: How Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Organizations Partner to Create Thriving Communities.”
Flowing from the Institute’s belief that “community improvement is every leader’s business,” the inspiring event will highlight why the for-profit and nonprofit sectors must collaborate if communities are going to achieve their full potential.
The conference’s keynote conversation will feature one of America’s most transformational and highly regarded university presidents, John Fry.
Fry, president of Drexel University since 2010, is a visionary with a nationally recognized record of accomplishment in education, economic development, neighborhood transformation, and civic leadership. With a long history of building bridges and creating dynamic partnerships, Fry has earned the nickname of “dream-maker,” an aspirational goal he’s achieved in each location where he’s served. In a fireside chat that will include extensive Q&A with the audience, Fry will share his thoughts on the power of collaboration and why it’s more essential than ever in bringing about the greater good.
Prior to his transformational tenure at Drexel, Fry was president of Franklin & Marshall College, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania, and a management consultant in the higher education and nonprofit sectors, serving as partner in charge of Coopers & Lybrand’s National Higher Education Consulting Practice. Fry serves on numerous boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Wistar Institute, Lafayette College and the Philadelphia Orchestra Association.
In addition to Fry, attendees of the conference—which is open to Satell Institute members and their invited CEO guests—will hear rapid-fire remarks from fellow SI members about Corporate Social Responsibility. The event will also feature the Satell Institute’s hallmark CEO Idea and Experience Exchange.
Chair of the fall conference is Dr. Keith Leaphart, chief health equity and community impact officer at Jefferson Health and chairman of the Lenfest Foundation, one of the most influential philanthropic organizations of the last decade. The event marks the Satell Institute’s 12th Private CEO Conference, which brings together prominent business leaders for an inspiring morning of discussion and idea sharing around Corporate Social Responsibility. Previous speakers have included education reform advocate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; former IBM chair and CEO Ginni Rometty; former Vanguard chair and CEO Bill McNabb; and numerous other dynamic business executives and thought leaders.
Ed Satell Is Presented With Prestigious and Historic Albert Einstein Award
Given by the Amerian Technion Society, the award honors humanitarian contributions
On May 3rd, the American Technion Society presented Ed Satell with an historic honor — the rarely conferred Albert Einstein Award — for his extraordinary leadership and abiding commitment to Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, the State of Israel, and the world of science. The honor also recognized Ed’s important contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility.
[Watch a video of the award ceremony here.]
The award is the highest given by Technion, which is one of the most renowned research institutions in the world and an entity whose many advancements in science, technology and medicine have been crucial to the State of Israel and the world. Since 1972, Technion has presented the Einstein Award to only a few prestigious humanitarians who lead by example. Ed – who was previously awarded an honorary doctorate by Technion in 2016 — now joins that even more elite group.
Through the years, Ed has not only been the quiet major financial supporter of at least eight different and important scientific programs associated with Technion (detailed below), but an involved partner, offering vital feedback and guidance based on his experience in management and business. The programs have produced breakthrough research and internationally recognized scientific superstars.
Befitting those quiet, unique contributions, the award ceremony – which took place at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia — featured an array of important figures from science, academia and business who were on hand to honor Ed. Among them were Peretz Lavie, former president of Technion and one of the world’s leading sleep researchers, and Gidi Grader, the renowned energy researcher who served as dean of the Technion Faculty of Chemical Engineering. A brief film highlighted the work, supported by Ed, of internationally known scientists Marcelle Machluf, Ido Kaminer and Alon Dana.
Ed was presented with the Einstein Award by Zahava Bar-Nir, chair of the American Technion Society, and Michael Waxman-Lenz, CEO of the organization, both of whom noted Ed’s many extraordinary and unique contributions. After receiving the Einstein Award, Ed offered gracious remarks to the crowd about how important business contributions and involvement can be to the work of great scientific accomplishment.
The Einstein Award is named, of course, for Albert Einstein, who enjoyed a close relationship with Technion and was vital in its development. In 1923, Einstein visited the Technion. During his visit, he planted a now-famous first palm tree. The tree still stands today in front of the Technion’s original building. Einstein returned to Germany to set up the first Technion Society, and served as its chairman.
In that tradition, Ed has supported Technion in many ways, including:
* The Ed Satell Doctoral Fellows Program. Ed established this program to fund graduate school tuition for those who couldn’t afford it at the request of Israel’s first Nobel Prize winner in science, Avram Hershko. Hershko had shared with Ed that graduate students were integral to scientific research, and he could not have won the Nobel Prize without them.
By graduate school in Israel, a high percentage of the population, having already served in the military (a minimum of two years for women and three years for men) and completed their undergraduate studies, are married, and often have children. This makes taking on graduate studies exceedingly rigorous. With the help of President Lavie, Ed not only funded the program, but engaged for the students a mentor, Professor Marcelle Machluf, who had spent five years at Harvard, with her husband and three children, doing her post-doctoral work while handling similar burdens. She was a role model/leader for these young graduate students who were struggling with family, money and the intensity needed in this rigorous academic life. This program enabled about 25 highly qualified graduate students to complete their multiyear graduate studies at the Technion, where many have continued to distinguish themselves in the field of science.
* The Satell Family Nitrogen Hydrogen Alternative Fuels Research Laboratory. Ed was the original sponsor of Israel’s first energy program, led by Professor Gidi Grader at the Technion (with Alon Dana, who went on to become an outstanding professor at Technion, as lab manager). After two years of recognized pioneering success with alternative energy, this project sparked significant expansion in 2007, being the first part of the acclaimed, multi-disciplinary alternative energy research and graduate education initiatives, uniting experts throughout the world under the Grand Technion Energy Program. Ed used his real-world experience in business to serve in an important advisory role for the program.
This work ultimately produced startup H2Pro, founded in 2019 after years of research (first in the Satell Lab and later in other Technion Labs), which is expected to impact climate change and provide clean hydrogen to generate significant amounts of electricity to millions of homes and more. H2Pro has won numerous prizes and attracted financial backing from leading investors, including Bill Gates’ climate fund, Breakthrough Energy Group. H2Pro was recently recognized by Bloomberg as one of “12 Climate Tech Innovators Building a Net Zero World.”
* The Richard D. Satell Stem Cell Research Program. This program, specializing in genetic research, is dedicated in honor of Ed’s late brother.
* A Novel Encapsulation System for Stem-Cell Based Technologies. This has the proven potential to solve many organic cancers. Professor Machluf’s “Nanoghost” hypothesis, using the individual’s own lab-grown stem cells as safe delivery vehicles for targeted cancer drugs, is now a worldwide phenomenon. This highly promising work of “Dr. Cell” is now in final human testing.
* Satell Leadership Research Fellows at MIT. Ed was the lead funder of the distinguished and highly competitive program, sending 29 of Israel’s top PhDs in science, at the rate of five a year, to MIT for a four-year, all-expense paid program as Senior Postdoctoral Associates. While many came back to be outstanding young professors – soon expected to be superstars – at the Technion, others were courted to be professors at top-ranked research universities in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Ed’s hope is that among this group will be top recognized research professors who become future Nobel Prize winners. Several have already achieved notable success, including Gili Bisker (blood monitor implant) and Ido Kaliner (head of the Electron Beam Quantum Dynamics Lab, whose work proved applying UV light into ventilation systems of buildings and shared indoor spaces quickly and effectively deactivates airborne and surface-deposited viruses – an invaluable aid during Covid).
* The Satell Global Energy Research Initiative. This program funds cooperative energy research, as well as student and professor exchange, between the Technion energy program in Israel and the UCONN energy program in the United States.
* The Satell iTrek Fellowship Program. Many groups of Jacobs Technion-Cornell MBA graduate students in New York take advantage of this program, where they learn about and are exposed to Technion and much in Israel for 10 days per group. This gives them the opportunity for what the first cohort called a “life-changing experience.”
* The Ed Satell Fellowships within the Interdepartmental Technion Graduate EnergyStudies Program. This program provides doctoral candidates as research assistants.
In addition to his support of Technion, Ed was honored for his dedication to and advancement of Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2016, Ed founded the Satell Institute, a collective force of business and foundations partnering with nonprofits for the greater good. He continues to serve as the organization’s chair.
Congratulations to Ed on this extraordinary and well-deserved honor.
SI’s Spring CEO Conference Will Highlight the Importance of Education and Workforce Readiness For Business
Education advocate Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, will present the keynote address
Talent and job readiness skills are on the minds of most CEOs these days, and the Satell Institute’s Spring 2023 Private CEO Conference will shine a light directly on these crucial issues.
[UPDATE: See Takeaways from the Record-Breaking Conference here.]
Talent and job readiness skills are on the minds of most CEOs these days, and the Satell Institute’s Spring 2023 Private CEO Conference will shine a light directly on these crucial issues.
Entitled “Changing Lives Now: Corporate Social Responsibility’s Impact on Education and Workforce Readiness,” the conference — open to Satell Institute members and invited guests — will dive deep into the role that corporations, foundations and nonprofits play in ensuring that America provides an effective, equitable education to all students and prepares skilled workers for the future.
The event — one of two widely attended and much buzzed-about CEO conferences the Satell Institute hosts each year — will take place on May 16th at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The conference, sponsored by Philanthropi, will also be livestreamed to those who wish to attend virtually (including members of SI’s Pittsburgh and Central Pennsylvania chapters).
Offering the bipartisan keynote address will be Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who’s widely respected on both sides of the aisle for his commitment to education. Bush is currently the Chairman of ExcelinEd, an organization that advocates for student-centered policies to increase learning, eliminate inequities, and ready graduates for college and career.
Also offering rapid-fire remarks at the conference will be two Satell Institute members: Susanne Svizeny, Executive Vice President and MidAtlantic Regional President of OceanFirst Bank, and Malik Brown, President and CEO of Graduate Philadelphia.
“Perhaps now more than ever, education and workforce training are critical to changing lives and transforming communities,” says Brown, whose organization focuses on degree completion, workforce training and living wage employment for racially diverse, lower-income adults and families. “Confronted with the realities of automation, workforce modernization, and societal changes, education must continue to be a force for job readiness, social good and economic opportunity for all.”
Conference attendees will also take part in the Satell Institute’s hallmark “CEO Idea and Experience Exchange.” The roundtable conversations allow business leaders to talk candidly with peers about the successes they’ve had and challenges they face when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Joseph A. Dougherty, Chairman and CEO of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, is the conference chair. Keith Leaphart, CEO of Philanthropi, is vice chair.
Satell Institute Announces Exciting Lineup for Its 2022 Nonprofit Summit
Speakers will focus on how nonprofits can actually grow in a volatile world
The invitation-only event—entitled “How Nonprofits Can Actually Grow in a Volatile World”—will be held October 25th at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The summit brings together leaders in the nonprofit and for-profit worlds for a morning of fast-moving presentations and important dialogue about the nonprofit sector and its importance to the region.
The keynote presentation for the event will be given by Matt Haggerty, Nonprofit & Education Senior Analyst at RSM US, LLP, the fifth-largest accounting firm in the United States. Haggerty will focus on economic data and trends in philanthropic giving, empowering nonprofit executives with the information they need to successfully lead their organizations.
The summit will also feature rapid-fire presentations from Satell Institute members, including:
- Marc Brownstein, CEO of the branding and public relations firm Brownstein, on the importance of communicating data effectively to stakeholders
- Tynetta Brown, CEO of Philanthropy Delaware, offering a 3D view of funding, from requesting it to providing, implementing and monitoring it
- Jay Culotta, Chair of the Wawa Foundation and treasurer of Wawa, sharing important insights about Corporate Social Responsibility from the funder’s perspective
- Greg Hagin, Principal and Managing Director of CCS Fundraising, on where donors are actually putting their dollars—and why—in the current philanthropic landscapeChair of the 2022 Nonprofit Summit is SI member Michele Juliana, principal at RSM US, LLP. Vice-chair is Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the IBX Foundation.
The event begins with a don’t-miss networking breakfast at 8 a.m., and it concludes promptly at 11:30 a.m.
The Satell Institute is committed to improving communities by helping nonprofit organizations thrive. Satell Institute corporate and foundation members commit a minimum of $25,000 per year for four years to the nonprofit organizations of their choice; those organizations become Nonprofit Affiliates of the Satell Institute, building deep, strategic relationships with their corporate funders as well as important associations with their fellow nonprofits
Dynamic Speaker Lineup Unveiled for Satell Institute’s Fall 2022 Private CEO Conference
SI’s 10th private CEO conference will feature insightful presentations from the Institute’s CEO members
The conference, entitled “The Power of Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Partnerships,” will be held October 6 at the Union League in Philadelphia. (It will also be livestreamed.)
In addition to a keynote address by former IBM CEO and executive chair Ginni Rometty about the vital roles free enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility play in building better companies and communities, the event will feature rapid-fire presentations from Satell CEO members about their experiences with CSR and how it benefits their companies, employees and community.
The speakers for the event, which is open to Satell Institute members and invited guests only, include:
Joe Dougherty, CEO, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Dougherty, who became CEO of Buchanan Ingersoll in 2016 and has played a critical role in the law firm’s growth, credits the Satell Institute for inspiration and helping him focus his attention on the firm’s CSR. He has been the Institute’s champion in helping to launch the Satell Institute’s new chapter in Pittsburgh.
Leslie Walker, Executive Director, Sixers Youth Foundation
Since joining the Sixers Youth Foundation in 2021, Walker has been developing, expanding and executing fully integrated programming designed to provide significant engagement within the Philadelphia and Camden communities through sports and entertainment. She’ll share behind-the-scenes stories on the important work of corporate foundations.
Matt Aaron, President and CEO, Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Over the last 13 years, Aaron has turned around this statewide nonprofit and fostered a strategic vision to expand the organization. SOPA has dramatically improved service deliveryand impact for its core constituencies, and Aaron has more than tripled annual revenues while positioning SOPA as an innovator and thought leader among peer organizations. He’ll talk about the vital role corporations play in supporting nonprofits.
Peter Frumkin, Ph.D., Satell Institute Research Director
Frumkin is the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and leads the Center for Social Impact Strategy. A noted CSR expert, he’ll present exciting and intriguing new research about consumer attitudes toward Corporate Social Responsibility.
In addition to the brief, insightful presentations (with audience Q&A), the conference will also feature SI’s hallmark, peer idea-sharing tables. These confidential, moderated tables give CEO members the opportunity to discuss CSR with their fellow business leaders.
The event, which is being chaired by David DeStefano, CEO of Vertex, is the 10th private CEO conference the Satell Institute has hosted. The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a networking breakfast and ends at 11:30 a.m.
IBM Executive Chair To Keynote Satell Institute’s Fall 2022 Private CEO Conference
The event, scheduled for October 6th, will feature rapid-fire CEO presentations, robust networking opportunities, and SI’s hallmark CEO idea-sharing tables
The energizing conference—to be held October 6 at the Union League in Philadelphia and also livestreamed—will feature an exclusive, exciting keynote presentation by Ginni Rometty, former chair and CEO of IBM and currently the organization’s executive chair.
During Rometty’s eight-year run as CEO, she successfully repositioned IBM for growth while establishing it as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. Rometty also helped redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders. She’ll talk to the Satell Institute’s CEO members and their invited guests about the crucial roles free enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility play in improving communities.
Rometty began her career at IBM in 1981. She held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and service experts. Under her leadership, IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion and was recognized with the prestigious Catalyst Award in 2018.
In addition to Rometty’s presentation, the Fall CEO Conference will include brief, insightful remarks from several Satell Institute CEO members on their organization’s CSR initiatives, as well as SI’s hallmark idea-sharing tables for CEOs. These moderated, highly popular sessions give leaders the opportunity to discuss their experiences with CSR and learn from their peers.
The fall event, which is by invitation only, is the 10th private CEO conference the Satell Institute has hosted since its founding in 2016. The conference chair is David DeStefano, chairman and CEO of Vertex.
“Inspired by Ed Satell’s vision, this organization continues to inspire myself and all CEOs and nonprofit leaders to work together for the betterment of our communities,” says DeStefano. “With our growth beyond the region, we are fulfilling the potential to have a national impact, one community at a time.”
The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with a networking breakfast and conclude promptly at 11:30 a.m