The 7th Annual Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable Conference was convened on August 2nd and 3rd, 2015 at St. Joseph’s University for well over 150 people of various walks of college access and success interests including College Access and Success Programs, Institutions of Higher Education, K-12, Parent Advocates, Community- and Faith-Based Organizations, Civic and Government Agencies, Out of School Time Programs, Mentoring Programs, the Business Community, Foundations and Research Organizations, and Policy Makers. The content of the conference covered a variety of areas not to mention “Effective college access and success practices in middle grades”, “Advanced college advisement for the professional and advocate”, Effective college retention preparation practice from the lens of college prep” and a college fair and networking for high school counselors/pre-college program advisers and high education admission representatives. primary speakers Dr. Gregory Anderson (Dean of Temple University’ College of Education), Michele Lawrence (Area President of Wells Fargo Bank N.A.) and Antoinette Torres (College Completion Expert) paved a solid foundation giving context to “college access, retention and completion”.

On this page you will gleam the conference overview and insights to this successful 2-day professional development, along with the various sessions that were presented.



PCPR 7th Annual Professional Conference-3“Our conference would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, conference committee, and volunteers.”


Jason Smith, Conference Chairperson


Our Conference Committee

Our Conference Committee:Aug 4, 2015 PCPR College Board Conference

  • Jason Smith – Director of College Support, KIPP Philadelphia Schools (PCPR Conference Chair)
  • Thomas Butler – Director of Advancement & Operations, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
  • Aisha Alexander – Post-Secondary Educational Consultant, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Terri White – Higher Education Advisor, Mayor’s Office of Education
  • Jenell Larue – Assistant Director of GEAR UP, School District of Philadelphia
  • Myra Singletary – Director, Multicultural Recruitment, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Maria Ferzola – Founder and CEO of Teach Tutoring Services
  • Anthony Phillips – Managing Director, Youth Action
  • Cheryl S. Browning – Independent Consultant
  • Charmayne Thompson – In the Black Investments – Project Management and Business Consulting


Aug 4, 2015 PCPR College Board ConferenceOur Sponsors:

  • Black Male Development Symposium
  • Cheyney University of PA
  • Federal Student Aid
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    Philadelphia Recruitment Center
  • PA Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Resources for Human Development
  • St. Joseph’s University (Event Host)
  • Temple University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Wells Fargo Bank Educational services


Aug 4, 2015 PCPR College Board ConferenceOur Volunteers:

  • Deneen Brown
  • Angel Brown-Bennett
  • Pat Davis
  • Theresa Duncan
  • Cheryl Lang
  • Jeanna Murat
  • Tia Rideout
  • Karif Roberts Jr.
  • Tommie Suggs