PBP CEO Honored as “Hero of Liberty”

PBP proudly congratulates our CEO, Ed Satell, and his wife, Cyma, on their acceptance of the 2014 Heroes of Liberty Award in Philadelphia on October 18th.

The National Liberty Museum, with its slogan “Live Like A Hero”, is an extraordinary institution dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by fostering good character, civic responsibility and respect for all people.  The Museum asked to honor Ed for his deep dedication to developing, encouraging, and empowering individuals and organizations to become all they can be, for the greater good.

Ed believes we all stand on the shoulders of those who come before us, blessed to be in this nation of freedom and opportunity.  He holds we’re all accountable to protect it, defend it, and value our right rights and responsibilities for ourselves, and for generations to come.

Gwen Borowsky, CEO of the Museum, said:  “Our city and our world needs more heroes like Ed.  We need people who recognize the importance of helping children and young people grow with values.  The Satells are extraordinary in all they do.”

A special Tribute film was created for the Heroes of Liberty Event  Heroes of Liberty Video

Satell Teen Fellowship Program reveals 2014 commitment projects

PBP celebrated the closing and presentations of the 2013-2014 Fellows’ commitment projects as part of The Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Student Activism Program earlier this month. [Read more…]

UConn Satell Social Entrepreneur Interns Return from Guatemala

UCONN Satell Social Entrepreneur Program

UConn Satell Social Entrepreneur Interns with Program Founder Ed Satell ’57, Founder & CEO of Progressive Business Publications

Eight weeks in Guatemala, living with a host family in a rural village.  Not a typical “study abroad” experience, the Uconn Satell Social EIP is an inspiring, empowering and rigorous initiative that sends top US students into third-world areas to develop sustainable local business models and train villagers in entrepreneurial skills.

Established eight years ago through a gift from Alum Ed Satell ‘57 and his company, Progressive Business Publications, the UConn cohort joined students the first year from Duke, Notre Dame and Columbia Universities in the Higher Education consortium founded by Greg Van Kirk.  Van Kirk, an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 World Economic Forum, believed that students could first learn then effectively teach his microconsignment model in rural areas.

The consortium has grown dramatically among colleges and universities across the country, and UConn has continued to be invested in making a difference. This year alone the UConn SSE Interns supported 34 village campaigns and worked with 918 beneficiaries.

On Wednesday evening, October 16th, the Interns presented their extensive projects at the Business School Honors Symposium on the Guatemala Program.  They told wonderful stories about their host families and the villages. Yara Zoccarato said: “The welcoming and loving nature of the Guatemalans helped restore my faith in humanity.  Every student should have this opportunity.”  Each spoke about the impact of his or her project, which included training local entrepreneurs in rudimentary eye exams and fitting glasses, teaching village leaders about safe and efficient wood-burning cook stoves, water purification systems and more.

The Interns also shared their personal reflections on their program.  “I will continue to learn from my time in Guatemala and I am able to see its impact on my life every day.” Stated Nicole Simonsen.   Varun Khattar shared the inspiring story of a special teacher whose dedication and courage were exceptional: “Beyond my richer global awareness and stronger Spanish skills, I gained a greater sense of purpose and direction.  I feel empowered to take on this generation’s challenge of poverty and inequality.  I’ve been inspired and transformed.”

Ed Satell debriefed the Interns prior to the Symposium.  On behalf of Progressive Business Publications, he congratulated them on their achievements during the summer.

Neumann University Presents Distinguished Alumni Award to Regina Black Lennox

Regina Black Lennox accepting her the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.

On Saturday evening, October 19th, 2013, Regina Black Lennox, Class of ’77 accepted the 2013 Neumann University Distinguished Alumni Award during a gala Homecoming Celebration.  Selected from five proposed nominees, Black Lennox was honored for her commitment to Franciscan values, outstanding career and community achievements, and her contributions to Catholic education, the Catholic Church and empowering laity across the county.

She spoke about the many things she learned at Neumann, and thanked her family, teachers, mentors and particularly the Franciscan Sisters of Glen Riddle.  Black Lennox stated: “From these dedicated women I learned the vow of obedience is not confining, it’s a commitment to truly living the second commandment.  From the Sisters I learned that Faith is a verb, an action to be completed – love, teach, celebrate, trust, empower.”

As consultant, speaker and presenter, since 1989 Black Lennox has worked extensively with Faith communities, institutions and organizations providing strategic planning, facilitation, educational and resource development, staff training, policies analysis, motivational seminars, mediation, and conflict resolution services.

She was a Catholic and private school teacher and administrator for eighteen years in Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester Counties and loved that experience.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Recognizing that Faith communities have similar organizational needs as business and commercial entities but are driven by a unique integral focus on Faith and Spiritual motivation, Black Lennox began her ministry working with Faith-based not-for-profits.  Within the Catholic Church she has created a model for the establishment of new parishes; designed and presented clergy, religious and lay seminars; presented training & development programs; produced resource instruments and communication programs; and facilitated numerous parish and school self-studies, closings and consolidations, town hall meetings and more.

In addition Black Lennox has created and presented workshops and programs for clergy, lay ministers and the laity in numerous diocese, seminaries and universities across the country.   She serves as retreat master and presenter to Catholic Scout conferences, MOMS and parent organizations.

She also provides consulting services, programs, conferences and seminars for a number of other Faith communities and nondenominational not-for-profits.  Some of her best-known presentations and articles include: The Language of Leadership, Ways to Incite & Excite; Stay Proactive—Not Reactive; Communicate to Create; Called, Challenged and Gifted; and Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully.

Black Lennox currently operates as the Director of Philanthropy for Progressive Business Publications and works for one of the tri-state region’s quietest but most extensive entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, and philanthropists.  She manages a significant family foundation & a corporate charitable trust, overseeing more than 35 initiatives focused on disadvantaged children, young people of promise, community and civic organizations, and cancer and energy research.

She serves on a number of advisory councils and has been honored numerous times for her volunteer activities; one of her favorite is the Juliet Light Award from the Girl Scouts USA.

She and her husband Bill, married 36 years and both avid travelers, are the grateful parents of three extraordinary grown daughters and are awaiting their first grandchild.

Choir from PBP’s Adopted School “Rock the Roof” at the Miss America Parade

Progressive Business Publications is excited by the high-energy start to its seventeenth year with adopted Philadelphia K-8 Elementary School, Cook-Wissahickon (CW).  The Cook-Wissahickon Choir kicked off 2013-14 by winning a place in the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade! CW’s Choir, with more than 35 students in grades 3-8 performing under the direction of Mr. Nicholas D’Orsaneo, is beginning its second year.  Last year they enjoyed the right to march in the city’s Thanksgiving Parade.

In September 2013 the historic Miss America pageant returned to Atlantic City.  Thousands of spectators enjoyed Saturday’s gorgeous weather as the traditional Miss America “Shoe” Parade rolled along the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk.  CW’s students won a competition to perform the song “God Bless America” as part of a youth ensemble with schools from across the region.  They were fantastic!  The huge crowd along the parade route cheered throughout, and the Choir members had a blast seeing all of the “princesses”, as they dubbed the contestants.  The Choir students beamed as their performance at Boardwalk Hall was telecast live on PHL-17.   What a night!  What an experience!

Just prior to stepping off along the Boardwalk, the Choir posed on the beach with a huge sign thanking PBP’s Founder & CEO, Ed Satell.   Choir Director Nick D’Orsaneo said: “Mr. Satell has always been one of our biggest fans and strongest supporters. Without his generosity and Progressive Business Publications’ sponsorship and continued support for the school for seventeen years, events like this Miss America Parade could not be a reality for these talented and exuberant students.”  The attached video shows their enthusiastic gratitude.

Progressive Business Publications is delighted to congratulate its philanthropy partner, Cook-Wissahickon School, on the terrific event.

Social Activism in Action: The Satell Teen Fellows Commitment Projects

Young people invested in social activism is always inspiring. Since its inception almost nine years ago, the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism has trained more than 150 teens to “find your voice and make a difference only you can”. One program requirement is a dedicated project addressing a societal issue that each Fellow chooses. On Wednesday evening this year’s Fellowship cohort presented their projects.

The families attending were impressed with the breadth and depth of the Fellows efforts. Several had taken a personal avocation and focused it on a community challenge. One Fellow began to “run for a cause”, raising awareness on the need for autism research. Another used his love for the sport of ultimate Frisbee to reach out to other teens and teach “positive competition” while raising funds and awareness of several nonprofits. One creative Fellow was hosting an online auction of beautiful free- trade craft items to benefit impoverished families in Africa. Their presentations were engaging and inspiring.

Each Fellow had thoughtfully discerned an impact effort, had done research, and had created a project. They had supported each other throughout the process, using the peer coaching and leadership skills they developed throughout their Fellow year. They learned to “think we, not me” as Fellowship Founder Ed Satell had suggested to them. Several were proud they had inspired peers at their schools to step outside the “usual position of not thinking one kid can really change things”.

When the Satell Teen Fellowship Program was first envisioned by Ed Satell, he recognized that teens need to be trained and encouraged to be both leaders and social activists. The commitment project requirement was created to address both needs Aaron M, speaking to the guests on behalf of the Fellows, observed that the Fellows now truly understand the meaning of “no man is an island”. They have been taught, encouraged and challenged to create a unique vision for the greater good, and given the skills to go after that dream. He said simply: “We will always be Satell Teen Fellows.”


Cook Wissahickon Wins Energy Efficient School Award to Go Green

CW's new entryProgressive Business Publications proudly congratulates its long-time education partner and adopted school, Cook-Wissahickon K-9 Elementary (CW), for their recognition in Pennsylvania’s Energy Efficient School Awards.

CW was one of only four winners statewide.  At a time when the budget for the School District of Philadelphia keeps shrinking, CW has found a way to actively and effectively save money for the District through their impressive energy conservation.  In fact, CW has the goal of reducing the school community’s energy consumption by several percentage points each year!

CW is one of three District schools chosen to pilot an initiative for reducing energy consumption.  The school community embraced the challenge, reducing their energy consumption by 5% in the last year alone.  The students themselves developed a program implementing practical and thoughtful energy conservation at every grade level.  They’re tracking their energy consumption on the national Energy Star benchmarking website and are aiming to reach the magic number of 75.  That will mean CW uses 40% less consumable energy than typical buildings.  In fact, CW is on track to achieve Energy Star status in 2013!

One time-consuming but exciting project has been the exterior makeover.  Through a grant, CW’s outside appearance has been greatly improved and its conservation efforts expanded.  Immediately visible are the 42 trees planted along the perimeter to aid with shading and cooling.

A new 10,000 square-foot meadow replaces concrete and weeds and will allow CW students to study rainwater runoff, storm water management, and urban wildlife.  What an opportunity for our students and their dedicated teachers!

We are delighted that “our” school has taken the initiative and focused on sustainable energy conservation.  It’s a terrific lesson for all of us.

Congratulations to the visionary Faculty, the super CW students, their families, our outstanding Principal Karen Thomas, and the wonderful Wissahickon Sustainability Council (CW’s Green Committee).  Due to the efforts of all these individuals, great things keep happening for and at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School!

Values – David Montblatt

David MonblattValues.

It’s a word that appears frequently in communications today, but that has numerous ambiguous meanings.  When asked to describe our philanthropy, we always mention that we back nonprofit institutions with positive values we believe in, values that parallel our own.

Progressive Business Publications corporate culture is founded on a strong positive value system, focusing on intangibles like accountability, integrity, concern for the greater good and more.  We feel these are vital for true success in the long term. So we are proud to work with great nonprofits and initiatives that foster similar values – in fact, a good value system is a requirement for our support

Recently, we began asking some of our nonprofit partners to write about values they see as integral to the programs we develop and sponsor.  One of the first to respond is David Montblatt, the Director of our acclaimed youth program for the best and brightest high-school juniors and seniors in the regional Jewish community, the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social activism.

David is a respected lifelong educator as well as a noted thespian.  The value he chose to focus on is lifelong learning.  He explains the roots of his choice below.

“ Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) offers that our universe is structured upon three things: Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim. The first of these, Torah, can be translated as “learning” – the act of taking in or knowing some of all there is to know – drawing from the well of Infinity. This is an external act, gathering up something (information) outside of ourselves. The act itself is holy, for it both empowers us to better understand our lives and forces us to recognize the infinite nature of God. Learning brings us closer to the Eternal.

As Director of the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism, a value that we choose to nurture is that Jewish learning, by definition, is without end. By believing in, and creating a culture of lifelong learning, we bring meaning to our lives, ensure Jewish continuity, and draw closer to God.

Throughout their one-year experience together, the Satell program gives tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to pursue learning (Torah), internalize and express learning (Avodah), and transform learning into acts of loving kindness (G’milut Chasadim). It can therefore be said that values drive the Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism, and each year, forge the path that our Fellows set out on.”

Cook Wissahickon’s Choir Hits All the Right Notes

Progressive Business Partnership with Cook WissahickonEd Satell and Progressive Business Publications (PBP) adopted the Cook-Wissahickon K-5 Elementary School (CW) more than sixteen years ago.  Strengthened and supported by Progressive Business Publication’s programs, CW’s school environment became positive and the school itself expanded to its current position as a K-8 elementary and middle school.

As school district funding shrunk, particularly for the extracurricular programs that engage and inspire students, Progressive Business Publications began to support additional initiatives.  CW’s high-energy young music director, Nick D’Orsaneo, proposed forming a choir to channel students’ interest in music. The Choir program has been very successful, with more than 40 students in grades 3-8 participating.  Being a Choir member is a real commitment, with required practices to create their “sound”.

Their hard work has paid off. This Spring CW’s Choir qualified to compete in the Hershey Park competition, and took First Place!  The School community was thrilled!

To make the victory even more exciting, CW’s Choir will now perform for the 2013 Miss America Pageant during the televised annual pageant parade!  What a great year for this positive and empowering program.

Progressive Business Publications salutes Director Nick D’Osaneo for his vision and dedication.  We proudly compliment the students for their dedication to practicing and performing, and for the wonderful music they make!

Congrats to Peter

Peter Hyman accepting the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.

Sometimes great people do get recognized.  On Tuesday, June 25th, a great, genuine and giving man was recognized for his contributions—for helping people.  Rabbi Peter Hyman, longtime friend of Ed Satell and Progressive Business Publications, received the prestigious William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.

Peter has been involved in helping others his entire career.  One of his greatest areas of focus is the Boy Scouts of America.  As their National Jewish Chaplain for more than decade, he has modeled the values of Scouting merged with the values of Torah for countless young men.  If you mention Peter’s name, a positive story always emerges.  With seemingly effortless but compelling statements Peter has spoken numerous times on videos about Ed Satell, and has been a key member of a number of Progressive Business Publications’ nonprofit initiatives.

The Award presented on Tuesday by the Comptroller of the State of Maryland was named for a former governor who, like Peter, touched peoples’ lives.  In presenting it to the Rabbi, Comptroller Peter Franchot first joked about liking his name, but then remarked on how many nominations were received, and how clearly Peter Hyman deserved the award for the interfaith bridges he builds, for the confidential help he extends, and for his commitment to youth.

As is typical of Peter, he accepted not for himself, but on behalf of his Temple community, calling them a “people of vision”.  He lauded their leadership and dedication to ideals.  It was inspiring to see Temple B’Nai Israel filled, with one entire section members of the local Roman Catholic Parish, all big Rabbi Hyman fans!   Also in attendance were a number of Maryland officials and Senator Byrd.

Congratulations, Peter!

For more information, visit Local rabbi gets ‘helping people’ award.