Meet. Mingle. Network: Benjamin’s Desk

Young Professionals Preview Night is a special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area.

There are over a dozen young professional groups participating. Get to know featured organization Benjamin’s Desk, as Community Manager Katie Cohen answers a few of our questions.

Can you tell us a bit about your organization?

Benjamin’s Desk is Philadelphia’s Premier Shared Office and Coworking Space for Professionals. Located in the heart of Center City in the Allman Building at 1701 Walnut Street, 7th Floor, Benjamin’s Desk is the place to work for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We offer private offices, part and full-time desk memberships, permanent/dedicated desk memberships, virtual offices and a conference room. Join the workplace of the new economy.

What benefits does your organization offer a young professional?

All of our members are entrepreneurs, founders of startups or small businesses that have found a home in Philadelphia. Benjamin’s Desk provides all of the amenities and services of a business center with the network and community of a coworking space in an environment that inspires creativity, collaboration and innovation. We have developed strategic partnerships with some incredible local, national and international organizations such as ArtsTechPhilly, Wharton eClub, Young Involved Philadelphia, FundingPost and EFactor to offer our members the tools, resources and networks necessary to fuel their businesses.

Do you think it’s important for young professionals to show an interest in art collecting

Absolutely. Young professionals are the future influencers and leaders of our city. If they are given the opportunity to not only appreciate art at this stage in their career, but also discover the impact of the local art scene on the city, there is no doubt that they will be more inclined to influence others to support and collect art in the local community.

Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden wall sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past as much as they look to the future. Fascinated by the way pieces of technology, culture, and design reveal their age, Scott aims to make works that cannot be pinned to a specific era.  By utilizing new and reclaimed wood, metal, plastics and other materials, Scott's mixed media sculptural work defies normal classification.
Scott Troxel
Scott Troxel

Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century…

Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden wall sculptures that evoke nostalgia…

Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden wall sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past…

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological connection between landscapes and people. Each painting invokes a singular place, inspired by referencing the emotions, sights, and textures of an experience. Caldarise’s art focuses on connecting audiences with cityscapes and common, shared spaces within by capturing the experience of discovery, recreating a place through memories and imagination. Her work borders on magical realism, borrowing from observations, historical research, and surreal themes, Caldarise's artwork reveals the commonplace and extraordinary narratives in our environment.
Andrea Caldarise
Andrea Caldarise

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces…

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological…

Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by exploring memories and happenstance conversations. Public spaces are visceral, storied environments—her art practice explores the psychological connection between…

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations.
Jaime Alvarez
Jaime Alvarez

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make…

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations. …

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations. …

Marc Schimsky
Marc Schimsky
Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.
Susanna W. Gold
Susanna W. Gold

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional…

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.…

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.…

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