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…]

Executive Leaders Radio Award

Progressive Business Publication's Phil Ahr with Karen Thomas, principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

Progressive Business Publication’s Phil Ahr with Karen Thomas, Principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

“Paying it Forward”…  Last week PBP’s CEO was recognized for his constant commitment to that concept.  Although he’s received numerous philanthropic awards over the years, each is unique in its focus.  The CEO Philanthropy Award is sponsored by Executive Leaders Radio Program, a hugely-syndicated business news program.   The award allows twenty select nonprofits to honor the individuals who support them.  Each nonprofit representative speaks briefly about the CEO honored.

The Principal of Cook-Wissahickon K-8 Elementary School (CW) truly made her comments stand out.  She said that although her relationship with Ed Satell is only a few years old, his relationship with her school is sixteen years old.  Sixteen years ago Ed & his company adopted CW and were key in “turning the school around”.  She described the before and after-school programs Ed’s company developed, funds and runs, the Mentor Program, the Class Trips—and so much more.  Karen said that other Principals find it hard to believe any private company could do so much for such a sustained time commitment.  And that made me think of a story older than any student in th
e school, one we’d recently shared with Karen about the beginning of the PBP-CW partnership.

When Ed dove into the partnership, he did so completely, and in spite of being a CEO, he personally researched how to run an after-school correctly, visiting area institutions to see what worked.  That’s why I think this award is unique, since it recognizes not just philanthropy, but the human vision and commitment behind it, the dedication to “paying it forward”.

The award was accepted by Phil Ahr, an original and still-involved member of the Mentor Program.

Supporting America’s Oldest Theatre

Walnut Street TheatrePhilanthropy and corporate social responsibility, our giving back to benefit the community, are core values for Progressive Business Publications.  We recognize how important our nonprofits are to the quality of life in our region.  Their contributions to great education, entertainment, information and improving health are vital.

Our employees (PBPers) eagerly support our commitment to our public responsibilities, and are proud of the impact of our nonprofit initiatives. Sometimes, our PBPers have the extra pleasure of a special connection with our nonprofit partners.  This is the case with Philadelphia’s outstanding Walnut Street Theatre, America’s Oldest Theatre, the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania, and a National Historic Landmark. With more than 56,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world!   Progressive Business Publications is currently celebrating its tenth sponsorship of a main-stage series.  This year the production is the high-energy fifties favorite Grease.

As a part of the Progressive Business Publications sponsorship, a group of employees are invited to Patron Nights, private dinners in the theatre’s historic Langworthy Lounge followed by VIP seats in the Executive Box.  Our managers rave about their Patron Night, since it offers a unique and relaxed opportunity for team building.  A delicious and elegant dinner, an intriguing setting, and then an exciting musical — what could be better!

Patron Night Host and Chief Marketing Officer for Progressive Business Publications, Jim Hathaway, remarked: “A night at the Walnut is such a great way to acknowledge the team, with a great meal, a fantastic show, and an environment that allows you to put work to the side temporarily. This has proven to be a great team-building opportunity, and creates personal connections with colleagues and their spouses.”

Grease has now been extended due to popular demand!