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The Catholic Professionals of Greater Philadelphia™ is a networking organization with the goal of fostering relationships among Catholic professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region. Participants strive to keep Jesus Christ and their Catholic faith at the core of their professional and personal development.
Organized in September of 2009 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our hope is to bring together and foster relationships between Catholic professionals who live and work in the Philadelphia metro area via face-to-face and online networking.
A bit of our history: In 2009, Nick Gibboni found himself searching for professional networking groups that were also grounded in the faith. He discovered that local groups of that kind were virtually non-existent. His unsuccessful search led to the establishment of the Catholic Professionals of Greater Philadelphia™ (CPGP).
“This group was really founded by the Holy Spirit but stemmed out of my own professional needs,” Gibboni said. “I needed to find clients, and I eventually came across LinkedIn.com, a social networking web site for businesses. I searched for a Catholic professional group in the greater Philadelphia area but couldn’t find one. It was then that I felt the Lord prompting me to start one. The Catholic Professionals of Greater Philadelphia was eventually born, and I felt that I needed to dedicate the group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
The CPGP began as an online social networking group on LinkedIn, and after many discussions and emails now has close to 1000 participants. Although discussions were going well online, participants felt a need to meet in person. So in the fall of 2009 a face-to-face event was set up at Kildare’s Pub in King of Prussia. More than 70 people attended our first event. Now more than two years later we register 90-130 for each event and have had very generous sponsors pay fully for all of our events to date! God-willing we hope to continue this trend going forward.
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Who participates? Anyone from lawyers, college professors, small business owners, sales professionals, those people who are unemployed or underemployed and just about anybody in between! The only requirement for participation is that you strive to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your personal and professional lives. Participation in our group is FREE
as are the networking events. In order to keep our networking events free, we rely on the generosity of local businesses who step up to sponsor the food, drink, speakers, etc. for each event. To sponsor our next event, click here
. To find out when and where our next event will be held, see the "Next Networking Event" block along the left navigation bar. We hope to see you at our next event!
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