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.

Danielle Cartier
Danielle Cartier
I endeavor to find the connection between math and deliberation with nature and randomness. I employ an experimental approach inspired by urban and natural textures, using geometry, patterns, and contrived shapes to create a lyrical, non-narrative statement. My paintings are colorful, contemporary and abstract, often based on musical frequencies, graffiti, architecture and patterns.
Louis Gribaudo
Louis Gribaudo

I endeavor to find the connection between math and deliberation with nature and randomness. I employ an experimental approach…

I endeavor to find the connection between math and deliberation with nature and randomness. I employ an experimental approach inspired by urban and natural textures, using geometry, patterns, and contrived…

I endeavor to find the connection between math and deliberation with nature and randomness. I employ an experimental approach inspired by urban and natural textures, using geometry, patterns, and contrived shapes to create…

Polly Bech
Polly Bech
Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Erne’s drawings and prints have been featured in numerous invitational and juried national exhibitions. The Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals is a series of comically disturbing depictions of Mr. Bunny and his friends under siege. The series is made up of very large graphite pencil drawings, woodblocks, etchings, and lithographs. Although there is a playful side, the underlining theme is fear, cruelty, and survival.  In recurring distressful situations people often become like dolls, presenting a steady happy personae no matter what is happening.  Though the circumstances represented in the work are not real, no stuffed animals were hurt in the making of the work, they capture the aura that surrounds a person who has no control but will not give in.
Elaine M. Erne
Elaine M. Erne

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Erne’s drawings…

Jessica Eldredge
Jessica Eldredge
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