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Philly Junto

Expanding Your Network in Philadelphia

Philly Junto

September 29, 2015

"It's all about who you know." This expression points towards a profound fact and skill one must acquire in life; constantly networking with like-minded individuals where you live. Talking to new people, sharing ideas, and acquiring useful knowledge from the experiences of others all contribute to your personal and professional success. It's these connections that open up new opportunities and expand your mind beyond your immediate knowledge. So you could say success requires both, "who you know" and "what you know", one reinforcing the other. Wish there was an easy way to get more of both? Welcome to Philly Junto.

Started by Liz Brown and Drexel alumnus, Jedi Weller, Philly Junto (named after their Philly startup, Web Junto) is a modern version of The Junto (Also known as the Leather Apron Club), the name of the club first established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. It's original purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy, and to exchange knowledge of business affairs in the city. (They also were charitable and made a subscription public library of their published works.) Philly Junto brings that spirit to the 21st century with guest speakers, idea exchanging, networking, brainstorming, entrepreneurship advice, and (of course) tasty refreshments.

Their next networking event in Philadelphia will be on October 1st, at Impact Hub (1227 N. 4th Street) and will mark one year of Philly Junto events. With around 60 people in regular attendance, you are sure to connect with like-minded individuals, learn new things from their idea exchange sessions, and get motivated by the roundtable discussions on "Living the Startup Life".

Jedi and Liz exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit the Charles D. Close School teaches and the impact graduates from Drexel make on the communities in which they live. The next time you set out to connect with other professionals and peers, remember that Drexel's School of Entrepreneurship has prepared you with the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed; now it's time to share it. Go out and start building your relationships at networking events like Philly Junto, because at the end of the day, your success just might depend on who you know.

Learn more about Philly Junto and how it can expand your personal and professional circles by visiting