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Apr. 21, 2009 8:30 am

Regional entrepreneurship foundation takes major players on its advisory board

All told, 13 new members were appointed, including former RedLasso CEO Kenyon Hayward, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, the longtime president of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart,

A slew of big names were named to the advisory board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship to Youth.

All told, 13 new members were appointed, including former RedLasso CEO Kenyon Hayward, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, the longtime president of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart, according to a press release.

The regional incarnation of the New York City-based nonprofit is headquartered at Temple and follows the group’s mission of providing entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities.

Other members named to the advisory board include Douglas A. Alexander, president of the Internet Capital Group and former chief of Linkshare and Traffic.com; Peter J. Boni, CEO of Safeguard Scientifics, and Milan Patel, the chief of global technology firm ACS International Resources.

The other members are Andrew Jordan, an assurance partner with Ernst & Young; Andrew Kaplan, a financial adviser with UBS Financial Services; Carolyn Oakley Lowe, the managing director of DHR International’s Philadelphia office; Chris Pavlides, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Temple University’s Fox School of Business; Steve Sanders, co-founder of First Genesis Financial Group; Sally Solis-Cohen, the director of business development for the eastern division of Vistage International and Kathleen Thomas, senior vice president for Bank of America’s global commercial bank.

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Hayward of RedLasso, Rosenthal of BFTP, Weaver-Hart of Temple and Solis-Cohen of Vistage all live in Philadelphia. The others are from the ‘burbs.

Since 1987, NFTE claims to have reached more than 230,000 young people and trained more than 4,200 certified entrepreneurship teachers. NFTE currently has programs in 22 states and 13 countries.

Staff writer Brian James Kirk contributed to this report.

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