Greater Philadelphia Region

Here is a sample of the types of networking forums available in the Greater Philadelphia Region today. Updates are made monthly to this listing by the SamNova team.

CPENG – Career Professional Executive Networking Group: With six (6) meeting locations in the Philadelphia area each month, this non-profit group provides career transition support to those seeking to build new relationships, obtain job leads and provide support to others. Requirements to attend and join are you must be or have been in middle management with 5+ years of experience to a senior C-Level role. Come prepared with 25 copies of your 1-Pager networking brief. Meetings are held at five (5) primary locations in the area and you must RSVP to the facilitator(s) at that location prior to attending. Attendance at the first two (2) meetings are complimentary but thereafter, you will be required to join CPENG. Cost of annual membership is $52. 

SamNova's Ed Samuel facilitates the CPENG Forum for Newark, DE the 4th Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm. For further information and to register, visit: http://www.cpengroup.wildapricot.org.


ExecuNet: Greater Wilmington, DE, senior management and executive forum hosted by CCI Consulting the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the DoubleTree hotel on Route 202 in Wilmington, DE. Purpose of the forum is for building your network, obtaining leads for targeted firms, practicing your elevator pitch and to learn about important job seeking topics. Frequent guest speakers every 60 days. Participants need to bring 25+ copies of their 1-Pager networking brief. The doors open at 7:30 am for light breakfast. Session begins promptly at 7:45 am and runs through 10:30 am. First part of meeting is networking and second part is a topic of interest related to career transition and job search practices.


This forum is open to senior executives and individual contributors who are employed, seeking employment or who are consulting with an annual salary of $100K+ and 15+ years of experience. You DO NOT need to join ExecuNet to attend. Registration is required unless you are an active CCI Consulting Inc. participant.Go to following link for details: https://www.execunet.com/live-networking-events.

BENG – Business Executives Networking Group: This is a non-profit organization providing professionals with 10+ years of experience who are seeking employment with a forum that will facilitate their job search and enhance their networking skills. This multidiscipline, independent group of mid-to senior-level professionals contains job seekers and employed members. BENG provides employment information, opportunities for networking, emotional support and tools to accelerate its members’ job search. Come prepared with 20 copies your 1-Pager networking brief. Meetings are held at 10+ locations in area (and across the US) but you must RSVP to the facilitator(s) at that location. Attendance at the first meeting is complimentary but thereafter, you will be required to join BENG. Cost of annual membership is $35. For further information: www.thebeng.org.

BEACON – Multiple locations and meetings. BEACON is a professional networking association of C-Level leaders from a diverse range of industries and business backgrounds who offer knowledge, connections, opportunities and resources to each other and to the region’s current and future business leaders. C-Level requirement to attend and join with a private sector salary of $150K+ and non-profit salary of $100K+. This group is close to split between those seeking employment and those who are employed. There are 25+ sub-groups that meet in the region at multiple locations. You MUST be sponsored by an existing member to attend the first meeting. First year membership fee is $380, then $255 a year thereafter. To learn more, visit: https://www.beacon4life.org/default.aspx.

TPNG – Technology Professionals Networking Group:  This networking forum started in 2003 as a business resource where IT professionals support one another by sharing business contacts, leads, technology resources and career information. The group meets every other month in the greater King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, area. There is no cost to join. Generally, all levels of IT professionals are encouraged to join and participate. Come prepared with 45 copies of your 1-pager networking brief. Further information about TPNG can be found on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2397 and IT oriented job leads are posted at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Phillyleads/info.


LVP – Lehigh Valley Professionals: Regional networking forum. In 2002, a small humble group of unemployed professionals created LVP, formerly, the Lehigh Valley Professional Peers Networking Group. LVP has grown to more than 2,000 alumni and active local members. Professionals from the greater Lehigh Valley who are seeking new jobs/careers are welcome to become part of the group. Prospective members should have a bachelor’s degree or higher or five (5) years’ experience in a role that would typically require a Bachelor's degree or higher. For additional information, visit: http://lvprofessionals.org.

FENG – Financial Executives Networking Forum: This group founded in 1991 is a US wide networking organization with chapters in most of the US. There are two (2) chapters in our region; one in Philadelphia and another based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, monthly. There is no cost to join, however, to attend and be a member you must be sponsored by an existing FENG member AND have held a C-Level or executive level finance or accounting title in your career. They also have 25+ sub groups with a specific industry focus. For further information: http://www.thefeng.org/about.

TENG – NJ/NY area Technical Executives Networking Group: This networking group founded in 2001 has 4500+ members and hold chapter meetings in NJ/NY area. There is no cost to join but to attend and be a member, you must be sponsored by an existing TENG member AND have held an IT oriented C-Level, executive or director role with a base salary of $150K+. The group is comprised of both those seeking employment and those who are employed. Many Philadelphia based CIOs are members of TENG.  For further information, visit: http://www.theteng.org/index.html.


JP – Joseph’s People:  Regional networking forum. JP is a non-denominational and ecumenical non-profit group that serves unemployed and underemployed people. Since 1995, they have helped more than 5,000 people to recover from job loss.  JP has 1800+ members with 12 chapters in the Philadelphia area and one in Pittsburgh. They are run entirely by volunteers and have no paid staff. All meetings and events are FREE. To learn more, visit: http://josephspeople.org.

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