Speaker Series on The Hill

A monthly luncheon for members and those in the community, featuring speakers of interest.

Gather at noon on second Thursdays of the month in Widener Hall. Bring your lunch and a friend. Presentation begins at 12:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee are provided. A $5 is donation requested. Call Leslie Lefer at 215-247-4654 or email [email protected]


Thursday, April 13
SPEAKER:  Sam Katz
TOPIC:  The State of Our City from the Perspective of a Public Historian and Civic Entrepreneur

Sam Katz has been documenting Philadelphia’s four century history for the past decade following a long and varied career in municipal, sports facility and venture capital finance.  History Making Productions, his documentary film business, has received 13 Emmy awards for Philadelphia: The Great Experiment its 14-part series broadcast on Channel 6abc. The company produced Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia and Philadelphia Welcomes Pope Francis in 2015. Sam has been a Philadelphia School Board member, Chairman of PICA–the State agency set up to monitor city finances, a Director and Board Chair of BioAdvance the region’s early stage life science investment fund, and many other civic and community engagements.  Sam was a candidate for Mayor in 1991, 1999 and 2003 and ran for Governor in 1994.  Sam is a regular guest on Channel 6abc’s Sunday morning Inside Story.

Thursday, May 11
SPEAKER:  Harry Groome
TOPIC:   The Journey from Healthcare Chairman to Award Winning Author

Harry Groome is the former chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer HealthCare who, since retiring, has turned to writing fiction. He is the author of the novels Wing Walking and Thirty Below and the award winning Stieg Larsson parody The Girl Who Fished with a Worm. His short stories, poems and articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies and two of his stories have been performed by the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Here’s what Len Lear, the editor of the Chestnut Hill Local had to say about Harry’s latest novel: “One of the great pleasures of life is a good book that tells a story so compelling that when you put the book down, you can’t wait to pick it up again. For me, The Best of Families is such a book. I read it in three days, something I have not done in decades.” Harry will talk about his radical career change and his Philadelphia based novel, The Best of Families.