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  • November 21, 2012 10:06 AM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    On Wednesday November 14th, I had the pleasure of hosting the members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the CEO Trust, as they gathered together for the CEO Trust’s annual celebration.  The event was held at the Perelman Center of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The evening’s attendees included members of the CEO Trust and their spouses along with chapter alliance members. 

    We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, beverages and of course each other’s good company.  The evening concluded with an opportunity for the attendees to participate in private viewings of the exhibit Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and The Life Line.   The viewings were facilitated by knowledgeable museum tour guides who really enhanced the overall appreciation of the artwork on display.

    All in all this was a wonderful night for all of the participants and provided everyone with some added excitement for the year that is ahead for the Philadelphia Chapter of the CEO Trust. 


    -- Cindy Ravitch, CEO Trustee, CFO, Mrops, Inc. 

  • November 08, 2012 12:48 PM | Deleted user

    “It couldn’t be an entrepreneurism event without some last minute hiccups. The weather didn’t cooperate but the panelists are are very excited for the rescheduling. I’ll take this time to explain a bit of what we had planned and hopefully, we can have even more questions ready for this group come January.

    My intention behind this event is to learn what entrepreneurs can offer seasoned CEOs. I believe there are a number of “basics” we miss in our daily business lives. Two situations (conversations really) sparked this idea.

    The first was a conversation with a senior consultant at Accenture. She had led a huge makeover for a company. Each department was given a stack of tasks to tackle. The CEO was so excited and couldn’t wait for his assignment. That assignment? Do nothing. No work, no contact with work, nothing. He could come to the office but he had to stay behind closed doors. They suggested he read the newspaper. Certainly he fought and complained but after a few days his sentence sunk in. 10 days later he emerged with an expansive list of ideas he had for his business. He just needed some space away from the daily influx and the daily grind. The new perspective helped move his business forward.

    The second was a conversation I’ve been having off-and-on with one of our Strategic Alliance partners. I brought up a case where a business had recently shed $20MM from its budget during the recent economic crisis. We asked each other, “Why can’t companies stay lean?” Many of us have been in start-up mode where we are bootstrapping through each month; what happens that allows us to lose that spirit?

    So, what questions would you love to ask successful entrepreneurs? What perspectives do you wish you had in your business?”

    -- Aaron Mandelbaum, Event Chair & CEO Trustee, CEO of StyleQuest.com


  • November 01, 2012 12:52 PM | Deleted user

    Several CEO Trustees have reported in with challenges in the wake of Sandy. In case it helps, here is a Crain’s article that nicely summarizes resources that might be useful.

    Crain’s Article – Everything businesses need to rebuild


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