Veniece Newton

Veniece Newton, Founder/Executive Director, Community Angel Foundation

Veniece Newton, brings her love for community, drive for entrepreneurship and passion to empower youth through arts and culture. As the founder of Community Angel Foundation since 2008, she has led with its mission to empower, encourage and educate youth to become future leaders through volunteerism, education, career and cultural activities.

As the Founder of ENGAGEathon, she continues to carry her passion to make an impact through this social enterprise technology startup that tracks and rewards community engagement globally.  

The years of volunteering has allowed her to eventually find her way to what she truly loves, and that is to build our communities beginning with the youth. As a natural connector with an innovative and unparalleled ability to harness the power of relationship building, Veniece was eager to share her talents and resources with others by collaborating with various nonprofits and for-profit organizations to strengthen the awareness.

Early in her entrepreneurial career, her television and production skills led her to create, develop and produce segments for her online fashion television platform in which she managed teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Alaska, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.

She is a seasoned professional with a superior record of community engagement and has been recognized with various awards including the American Legion Community Service Award and is currently a member of the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel while mentoring several high school students throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Ms. Newton has a BA in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Cum Laude Recipient from Fashion Institute of Technology, certificate acknowledgment through University of Pennsylvania - Fels School of Government for her Nonprofit Board Development & Governance training and is currently pursuing an MBA at FOX Temple University.

Veniece is a global traveler, woman of today and an inspiration for many to believe in yourself and to have hope for all. She not only has a flair for business and connecting people, but she also has a heart of gold and devotes her time to empower the next generation of leaders.

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Kim E. Fraites-Dow

Kim E. Fraites-Dow, President & CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Kim E. Fraites-Dow is CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP), having joined the organization in 2011 as the Chief Development and Marketing Officer and later serving as Chief Operating Officer. An executive nonprofit leader with 20 years of professional experience, Kim has expertise in managing operations, facilities, product sales, partnerships, marketing and brand management, board relations, and fundraising for nonprofit institutions. 

Integral to Kim’s success has been her leadership in recruiting key personnel, building collaboration across diverse teams of people, leading organizational change management, and developing relationships across GSEP’s nine-county footprint. Together with the Board, staff, and volunteers, GSEP earned top 10 status nationally for girl and adult membership, serving close to 40,000 girls with the help of more than 15,000 adult volunteers. 

Prior to joining GSEP, Kim served as director of institutional giving and government relations at The Franklin Institute, where she increased revenue during the 2008-2011 economic downturn. Prior to The Franklin Institute, Kim progressed in leadership roles within the development department at The Philadelphia Orchestra. A trained classical clarinetist, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music while jointly earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rochester. She also holds a certificate in arts administration from New York University. Kim lives in Newtown Square, PA, with her husband, Kevin, son Elijah, and daughter Ella—a Daisy Girl Scout.

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Rachel Zimmerman

Rachel Zimmerman, Executive Director, InLiquid

Rachel Zimmerman is an artist and Independent Curator based in Philadelphia, who has been named one of the region’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” in 2008, as well as a Creative Connector in 2011. She is a Leadership Philadelphia and Designing Leadership alumna, and has served on numerous committees from Design Philadelphia to the executive board of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Currently, she is on the art advisory committees of CFEVA and the Main Line Art Center, the co-chair of ArtTable (Philadelphia), and the Creative Industries Working Group (Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia).

Zimmerman is the Executive Director and Founder of InLiquid, a premier non-profit arts organization with 19 years of experience in managing and curating art and design projects. Through her leadership, InLiquid has been honored with numerous awards, including Philly Magazine’s Best of Philly Award for Affordable Art and The Culture Trip’s Pennsylvania Local Favorite Award in 2015. Zimmerman has also received citations from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, as well as a nomination for the 2017 Rad Award for Nonprofit of the Year (Rad Girls).

Zimmerman’s photography is held in a number of private collections in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco and permanent collections including the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, NY, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has exhibited at the LGTripp Gallery, OCJAC, the Open Lens Gallery at the Gershman Y, Main Line Art Center, The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, the Speer Gallery at the Shipley School, the Temple Judea Museum in Jenkintown, and the Anita Shaplosky in NY.

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Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President, Moore College of Art & Design

Cecelia Fitzgibbon is the eighth president of Moore College of Art & Design.  Prior to coming to Moore, she spent 16 years as a professor, director and department head of Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Arts & Entertainment Enterprise programs.  As a professor in that program, she focused her research on leadership and transition in the cultural ecosystem.   Serving as department head for Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, she implemented a cutting-edge curriculum, directed revenue-generating academic enterprises and advised the dean on matters related to curriculum development and educational policy.

From 1993 to 1994, President Fitzgibbon directed policy planning, program design, fundraising, communications and organizational development as executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts.   She also spent eight years as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, where she led a $21.5 million arts stabilization project and the creation of the state’s first economic impact study model.  President Fitzgibbon serves as executive editor of The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.  She has been a speaker nationally and internationally on topics of leadership in the arts and cultural policy. In 2011, she was named one of the region’s top Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.

Fitzgibbon grew up outside of Philadelphia (both of her parents were from the City) but when she was a sophomore in high school the family moved to southeastern Massachusetts outside of Providence.  She is the first in her family to graduate from college.  Her father was a pressman at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Providence Journal, her mother was a secretary at Texas Instruments and ended her career there as the OSHA coordinator for the Attleboro, Ma, facility.  Cecelia is the oldest of four.

Fitzgibbon has two sons, Stuart, 30, who graduated from Drexel and University of Virginia and is an Investment Director at Cambridge Associates in Boston and Ross, who graduated from Bard College and works in Philadelphia at Helios Media as a brand designer and social media coordinator. She has been married to artist, Scott Cameron for 35 years.  Her hobbies are writing poetry, cooking and entertaining, traveling and reading.

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Gwen Borowsky

Gwen Borowsky, CEO, National Liberty Museum

Gwen Borowsky has been the CEO of the National Liberty Museum since it opened in January 2000. As CEO, she is responsible for all aspects of managing a Museum dedicated to teaching character, conflict resolution, and civic values through interactive exhibits, outreach into the community and the use of art. Gwen provides leadership for the educational mission; manages a staff of 25; oversees all fundraising, membership,  marketing, outreach and educational programs, curriculum design and training for the Museum’s Teacher Training Institute; exhibit design; visitor services, facility, and overseas a $3 million budget.

Prior to joining the National Liberty Museum, she was the Education Director of the Liberty Education Center (Philadelphia), for ten years, during which time she created a center for educators providing free training programs, curriculum development, materials and other resources on issues of bigotry, civic education, and violence prevention. Ms. Borowsky has also acted as Publisher for What’s New In Home Economics Magazine. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gwen is married to David Camp and is the mother of three girls. She is a member of Union League, Philadelphia, PA and serves on several non-profit Boards including the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Federation of Jewish Agencies. Gwen is also an active dragon boater with Philadelphia Flying Phoenix.

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Patricia Wellenbach

President & CEO, Please Touch Museum

Patricia D. Wellenbach was named Strategy Advisory to the CEO of Please Touch Museum in November of 2015 as part of a planned leadership succession, and in March 2016, she assumed the helm of the Museum as its President and CEO. Founded in 1976, Please Touch Museum is an internationally recognized leader in integrating play and early childhood learning. She was selected as the incoming CEO based on her demonstrated experience in managing complex organizations undergoing transformational change and creating a business model that assures long-term sustainability for the business.

In 2013, Wellenbach was appointed CEO of Green Tree School & Services (GTSS), an Approved Private School and Behavioral Health Agency serving over 350 children age 5–21, diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance or on the autism spectrum. In 2015, after restructuring the business, she completed a merger with a multi- state, mission-aligned organization with an annual budget of $85MM.

Prior to joining GTSS, Wellenbach served as President and CEO of Sandcastle Strategy Group, LLC, which she founded in 2007. The company provided management consulting services to clients primarily in the nonprofit sector. The company’s areas of expertise included strategic planning and strategy implementation, organizational realignment, capacity building, succession planning, and governance.

From 2005–2007, Wellenbach was Managing Director for Business Development and Strategy for Granary Associates, an international master planning, architectural design, and project management company, focusing on health care facilities and higher education. A member of senior management reporting directly to the CEO, her responsibilities included corporate strategy, business development and marketing, recruitment and retention, evaluation of emerging markets, and developing national and international expansion opportunities. Prior to joining Granary Associates, she was the Executive Director of The Wellness Community of Philadelphia (TWCP), and held a concurrent position as the Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for The Wellness Community National (now the Cancer Support Community).

Wellenbach serves on numerous boards, including Thomas Jefferson University where she is an officer of the board and member of the executive and compensation committees, and chairs the clinical affairs committee. She was the lead director representing Abington Health in the 2015 merger with Thomas Jefferson University, which resulted in the creation of a health system with $2.5B in annual revenue. She is a board member of the Reinvestment Fund, where she chairs the audit committee and is a member of the executive and governance committees. In September 2016, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney appointed Wellenbach to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board.

Wellenbach has been honored with multiple awards, in 2016 she received the Women of Tomorrow Distinguished Leader award and the Girl Scouts Take the Lead award, and was named a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. She was the 2003 recipient of the St. Francis Medallion for excellence in service to the community. In 2000, she received the Benjamin Rush Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society, which recognizes laypersons from the Philadelphia region who have made outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of citizens of the United States. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.

A cum laude graduate of Boston College School of Nursing, Wellenbach also holds a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Healthcare Executive Program. She is frequently invited to speak on topics including leadership, organizational change, and governance.

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Elizabeth Warshawer

Principle, EBW Consulting, LLC

Elizabeth Warshawer brings more than thirty years of successful experience leading and managing organizations in the corporate, non-profit, and academic arenas. With experience working inside organizations in leadership positions and as an external consultant, Elizabeth has a track record of success creating and implementing strategic plans, improving organizational success through effectiveand efficient human capital management, developing organizational capability through executive education and coaching, and working across constituencies to achieve outstanding results. Elizabeth is Principal of EBW Consulting, LLC working with a diverse group of clients in and beyond the Philadelphia area.

In 2014, Elizabeth co-founded ArtistYear, an initiative of Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, to bring the arts to Title I schools in underserved communities in America through one year of paid service. The program, designed to bridge national service and the arts, has recently received a grant from AmeriCorps National Direct that will enable the program to be replicated in an increasing number of cities over the next several years.
From 2007 until May, 2015, Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Advancement Officer for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In this role, Elizabeth directed all non-musical functions of the Institute including, finance, development, external affairs, communications and marketing, facilities operations, human resources, legal affairs, information technology, and digital initiatives. She successfully led two strategic planning processes for Curtis and managed the Institute’s physical expansion with the construction of Lenfest Hall; a $65 million mixed use building that opened in August 2011.

Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000 – 2007 during which time she also agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for one year. Her responsibilities included labor relations, all human resource functions for the staff and musicians, media and technology, financial controls and operating procedures, shared services with the Kimmel Center, and interdepartmental coordination. Her initial work with The Philadelphia Orchestra was as co-founder and principal consultant of The Alliance for Effective Organizations Inc. (AEO), a firm specializing in a full array management consulting services.

Her consulting and design activities have included a focus on strategic planning - helping organizations to align the competencies of their existing workforce with the strategic demands of emerging business challenges, with particular focus on organizational operating models, culture change, human capital management, and leadership development. She provided consulting services to the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for clients of their Custom Programs and was selected as one of fifteen senior strategy and organization effectiveness practitioners from around the world to form the initial partnership network for the Center for Organizational Fitness founded by Mike Beer of the Harvard Business School.
Before co-founding AEO, Elizabeth was Vice President of Human Resources for NovaCare, Inc., a $1.7 billion rehabilitation and professional employer services company. While serving as the senior human resource generalist for the Outpatient Businesses, she was also responsible for the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of corporate-wide training and development programs. As part of a major business redesign effort and operating model shift, Elizabeth led a strategic planning process to align the development of all systems, processes, staffing, and training efforts to support the transformation of the Outpatient business in response to the changes in healthcare reimbursement.

Prior to her work with NovaCare, Elizabeth served as Director of Human Resources for Scott Paper Company’s North American operations. She directed Scott Paper Company’s Center for Organizational Learning, serving the company’s domestic and global business units focusing on the selection and development of global business leaders and in conjunction with that effort, served on the Thunderbird International Consortium Advisory Board of The American Graduate School of International Management.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and an MA also from Washington University.

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Angela Val

Chief Administrative Officer, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

As an external community builder and broad strategic planner, Angela Val strives to lead by example with an approachable and earnest executive style. In her current role as chief administration officer (CAO) at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) she is responsible for government and external affairs and managing the day-to-day operations of the PHLCVB.

Prior to joining the PHLCVB Angela served as the deputy executive director of Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). In that role she was tasked with mobilizing internal resources and community partners to successfully prepare for, implement and host the DNC.

Angela was also a member of the award-winning Visit Philadelphia team for 16 years. During her time there she worked her way up from executive assistant for the president and CEO, to vice president and chief external affairs officer (CEAO). As a member of the executive staff, Angela helped to establish the organization as a powerhouse that builds the region’s economy and image through destination marketing and branding. In her role as CEAO she served as liaison to the Visit Philadelphia Board, advocacy agencies, elected officials and other stakeholders. Angela also directed, supported and executed some of Visit Philadelphia’s most successful campaigns and initiatives, including With Art Philadelphia, Philly 360, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the Philly Overnight Hotel Package and the implementation of a hotel booking engine.

She is committed to building Philadelphia’s business and cultural communities and currently serves on the board of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering youth through advocacy. She is a past board member of the 3rd Century Initiative (3CI); PHL Diversity; Rittenhouse Row Association; the Philadelphia Music Alliance; the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the Professional Women’s Roundtable.

A native of Maryland, Angela received a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University. She began her career with Hospitality Partners as a Catering and Sales Manager.

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Ivy Silver

Founder, Sparkplug Innovations

Ms. Silver is a founder of two creative economy based companies. Sparkplug Innovations, founded in 2013, is a pragmatic futurist consulting firm where she advises organizations, governing bodies and investors on opportunities and planning for socially responsible and culture-based businesses. She is also a creative partner and founder at Mily-on, an architectural design firm specializing in product design and fabrication at the intersection of technology and art.  In 1987 Ivy founded and served as CEO of The Commonwealth Consulting Group, Inc. which advised businesses and non-profits, including Longwood Gardens and the APGA, in strategic benefits consulting.  Ms. Silver sold her company in 2007 to AJG, a publicly traded international firm, where she worked until 2013.

Ms. Silver is an independent director of the publicly traded Fulton Bank Board and a member of its Trust Committee whose oversight includes investment advisory services. She currently serves on the boards of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and The Oda Foundation of Nepal, and is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Abington Health System Foundation where she led two governance reviews and the development of an Accountable Care Organization. Ms. Silver is the founder of A Chance to Heal, an internationally recognized non-profit which now resides at the Harvard School of Public Health and where she currently acts as an advisor.

Ms. Silver graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business after earning a certificate in Non Profit Management from Columbia University while she was the Executive Director of The Children’s Museum of Northeastern PA.

Ms. Silver is a 2006 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business honoree, the Women’s Way Leadership Award winner in 2006, and a member of the Pennsylvania honor roll of Women Leaders for 1996. She is currently a member of Women Corporate Directors and the Forum of Executive Women. Ms. Silver is an open water swimmer, gardener, mentor to young woman and an avid traveler in search of unique food and street art.

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