The latest Networking Lunch & Business Card Exchange happened on Thursday February 15th. SWEP Members and friends of SWEP met at the Marathon Grill in downtown Philadelphia, PA. The group consisted of 25 attendees, and great conversations and a yummy meal were on the menu.
SWEP Program Coordinator Kristen Weiler
organized this months' luncheon - please reach out to her if you attended and would like a copy of the attendee list (shared with paid attendees only
) or if you would like to volunteer to assist in future programs planning.
Look for the next event coming up in March!
On January 17, 2018, Winnie Branton, Esq., provided an overview about land banks to SWEP members. Her presentation explained how land banks can be used as a tool for communities to acquire vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties and to return these properties to productive use. Winnie’s passion was inspiring for the attendees.
She is the author of the Pennsylvania Land Bank Resource Guide, which was published by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania in May 2016. She engaged the audience and invited questions throughout the presentation. We are grateful for Winnie’s time and support of SWEP.
SWEP also thanks our hosts, Urban Engineers, who provided space and lunch for attendees in their Center City Philadelphia office.
NJSWEP presented a morning program on Sustainability & The Supply Chain on March 3rd in Philadelphia. The program, sponsored by PECO, drew over 30 attendees. Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup Company shared the perspectives of a consumer-facing company that is a leader in corporate social responsibility. Susan Lorenz-Fisher, Director of Sustainability at AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation then shared the experiences of a company that is relatively early, but well on their way, in their sustainability journey. Bobby McKinstry, Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP followed with an overview of various sustainability concepts and legal considerations in reporting and disclosure The program was wrapped up with a lively panel discussion and Q&A. SWEP thanks everyone who attended the program and especially the speakers and the corporate sponsor. Copies of the presentations can be found here:
The monthly SWEP Networking Lunch & Business Card Exchange was held on Wednesday, October 12th at El Sarape Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar in Blue Bell, PA. Thirteen people attended with several first-timers in the group. Everyone enjoyed casual conversation and good food.
SWEP Programs Co-Chair Kristin Weiler welcomed the group, and SWEP Board Member/Programs Co-Chair Tina Ruble gave updates on the upcoming SWEP Technical Presentation at AECOM, Conshohocken, P, to be held October 19th, and the Touchstone Awards Reception to be held November 3rd.
As summer came to a close and we headed into the fall, SWEP hosted two wonderful networking events that brought members together.
The SWEP Networking Lunch & Business Card Exchange
was held on Wednesday September 14th at Bahama Breeze in King of Prussia, PA. This event drew a larger-than-typical crowd of 25 attendees.
The group mingled casually and enjoyed a fun lunch on the outdoor patio seated around a massive circular table with fire pit!
SWEP Board Member/Progams Chair Denise Molzahn
welcomed the group and provided a few relevant SWEP updates. SWEP Touchstone Co-Chair Tina Ruble
gave an update on the upcoming Awards Reception (November 3rd) and the planning that has occured thus far, while Ann Smith
, the other SWEP Touchstone Co-Chair, asked members to continue thinking about submitting ideas for a cohesive theme for this year’s award.
The second event SWEP hosted in September was the Wine & Networking Event
held Thursday September 15th at the Black Walnut Winery in Sadsburyville, PA. Black Walnut Winery is a local winery that opened in 2009 in an historic 200+ year old renovated farmhouse building. Our evening was hosted by SWEP Board Member Ann Smith, who also works at the winery. Attendees of the event received a tasting of several varieties of red and white wines, learned about wine tasting techniques, and how weather conditions impact grapes and ultimately the taste and quality of wine. Wine tasting is underway as SWEP members mingle at the indoor barAfterwards, there was time to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections over a glass of delicious wine and hors d’oevres. A good time was had by all!