Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
In winter 2015, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will offer an opportunity for local business leaders to engage with one another in a series of round-table discussions. The organization will host its inaugural Corporate Exchange on Tuesday, December 8, welcoming 30 executives from the Philadelphia metropolitan area for networking and best practice sharing.
With the event, the GPCC seeks to provide a collaborative environment for professionals in the rewarding, yet often isolating, role of the business leader. The Corporate Exchange is open to company founders, owners, chief executive officers, presidents, and other leading executives. Attendees must be chamber members with the Corporate, Pacesetter, Executive, Premier, Partner, or Visionary distinction or part of the President’s or Chairman’s Circle.
The exclusive event will facilitate discussion on several pertinent topics specific to business leaders’ responsibilities. Participants will be able to solicit and offer advice on matters such as time management and critical decision making. The event will take place in the DiBona Room of the chamber’s Mars Conference Center at 200 South Broad Street. While the program is free to attend, interested executives must preregister to secure one of its limited spots.
Since 1996, the Jay Fund has honored the memory of Boston College football player Jay McGillis by supporting families throughout northeast Florida, New York, and New Jersey in the fight against childhood cancer. The Jay Fund is the philanthropic initiative of Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Coughlin, whose relationship with the McGillis family inspired him to assist other families in need.
The Jay Fund assists families through a financial assistance program that helps pay for necessities such as rent, transportation, food, utilities, and other household expenses. The nonprofit’s efforts to alleviate the financial burden often caused by a cancer diagnosis include a financial literacy program called the Financial Game Plan, which it recently expanded to New York and New Jersey after years of success in Florida.
Directed by Jay Fund financial coach Robert D. VanLangen, CPA, the Financial Game Plan facilitates financial education for the Jay Fund’s families, with the dual aim of providing initial crisis management support and fostering long-term financial literacy. The program includes individual coaching sessions with Mr. VanLangen and a group seminar, Managing the Financial Challenges of Childhood Cancer, which provides not only valuable financial insight but also an opportunity for families to support each other. The Financial Game Plan additionally provides participants with Jay’s Financial Playbook, a backpack containing organizational tools to help families manage medical appointments and expenses.
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
An experienced health-care services industry executive, Joe Cosgrove serves as the president and CEO of Pentec Health in suburban Philadelphia. In addition to his roles at Pentec Health, Joe Cosgrove is an executive committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC).
The GPCC is celebrating the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s passage of HB 1177, which will use increased cigarette taxes to provide additional funds for public schools throughout Pennsylvania. The chamber was a strong supporter of the bill and played a significant role in securing the passage of a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes sold in Philadelphia. It is estimated that the increased tax will generate an additional $80 million for Philadelphia schools every year.
A longtime proponent of education, the GPCC continually advocates for public policy that fosters strong schools and helps establish a well-educated workforce. In addition to its advocacy work, the chamber takes a hands-on approach to improving education by leading an early childhood literacy campaign that helps build children’s reading skills and raises funds to place more books in school libraries.