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Networking group launches local chapter to help C-suite execs advance

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Career Professional Executives Networking Group, a nonprofit based in Lebanon, will expand its reach into the Valley by hosting its first Lehigh Valley chapter meeting in this region at Penn State Lehigh Valley on Sept. 25. From left are the eight facilitators: Robert Popek, Blue Bell chapter; Ed Samuel, Newark Delaware chapter; Eleanor Meals, Exton chapter; Glenn Miller, Harrisburg chapter; Angel Peluso, York chapter; Jim Watkins, Lancaster chapter; Paul Licata, Lehigh Valley chapter, and Tim Trout, Reading chapter.
Career Professional Executives Networking Group, a nonprofit based in Lebanon, will expand its reach into the Valley by hosting its first Lehigh Valley chapter meeting in this region at Penn State Lehigh Valley on Sept. 25. From left are the eight facilitators: Robert Popek, Blue Bell chapter; Ed Samuel, Newark Delaware chapter; Eleanor Meals, Exton chapter; Glenn Miller, Harrisburg chapter; Angel Peluso, York chapter; Jim Watkins, Lancaster chapter; Paul Licata, Lehigh Valley chapter, and Tim Trout, Reading chapter.

A networking group aimed at management-level executives will launch a Lehigh Valley chapter later this month.

Career Professional Executives Networking Group, a nonprofit based in Lebanon, will expand its reach into the Valley by hosting the first meeting of its seventh Pennsylvania chapter at Penn State Lehigh Valley in Upper Saucon Township on Sept. 25.

The organization, founded in 2014, offers a forum for members to develop professional relationships and to provide support for business development and career transitions through networking, training, volunteer experience and support groups.

“There’s a true need here,” said Angel Peluso, president and one of the organization’s founders.

While there are other networking groups in the area, none are aimed at the C-suite level executive, she said.

To be eligible to join, members should have a degree, and be management-level executives or business owners in the corporate world.

“When you join our organization, you are not there looking for your next piece of business,” Peluso said. The focus, rather, is on “how can I help the people who are at the meeting?”

The meetings are set up in a roundtable format, with each person providing a short profile presentation, followed by feedback from each member. The profile highlights what each member is hoping to achieve.

The organization will host meetings, facilitated by Paul Licata, at Penn State Lehigh Valley from 6 to 8 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Licata’s career includes marketing management positions with Lutron Electronics, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Case New Holland.

Career Professional Executives Networking Group offers monthly meetings at several other locations, including Blue Bell, Exton, Harrisburg, Wyomissing and York.

None of the organization’s staff are paid or have a salary, Peluso added. To join, members complete an application and pay an annual fee of $52. Members can also attend two free meetings before deciding to join. Once members join, they can attend meetings at all eight chapter locations, which include seven in Pennsylvania and one in Delaware.

The organization has about 200 members and offers socials in addition to its regular chapter meetings.

Peluso said she has been involved in networking for many years. She and her husband own Anthony’s Associates LLC, a website design search engine marketing company based in Dover, York County.

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