April 21st, 2023 from 7:00-9:00 AM at DeSales University:
Join us for our Fifth  Annual Business Leaders Breakfast! Each year, leaders in the community gather together to support the mission of the Lehigh Valley’s first – AND ONLY – recovery high school, get an update on its progress, hear from one of the outstanding business leaders in our community, network with one another, and learn about ways in which the community can help students on their recovery journey.  We are thrilled to welcome  John Bailie, Ph.D as our keynote speaker.  John, who works at Compass Point, as a Family Business Advisor, helps senior executives learn how to forge stronger relationships, build a dynamic company culture, and strategically deploy their collective strengths.  John’s Ph.D. work focused on adult learning and change, and he has taught organizational development at both Columbia University as well as the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School.   Through his personal blog, Leading Conflict: How to Fight at Work, John explores leadership, conflict, and culture.
To register for the Breakfast please visit: https://forms.gle/xiEDJZtz3JjuwGkJ8












Solve It Solutions

Ancient Order of Hibernians

Mr. & Mrs. James Owen

ASR Media

Bracy Construction

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

The Balsama Family

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Castellano

DeSales University

Lehigh Valley Health Network

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company




Previous Speakers


Ashley Russo, president of ASR Media Productions, a three-time Emmy® award-winning executive producer and host of The PEAK TV and St. Luke’s HealthNow. A twenty-year media veteran, Ashley graduated from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is also the creator and host of a weekly podcast, Unscripted with Russo






Anne Baum is the Lehigh Valley executive and vice president, distribution channels & labor relations for Capital BlueCross. In this capacity, she is the senior leader in the Capital BlueCross Lehigh Valley office. She leads the network of over 5500 producers and is responsible for the plan’s organized labor customers. Since joining the company in January 2010, Ms. Baum has been involved with strategic planning, operations, partnership development, community relations, corporate giving, sales, and account management throughout Capital BlueCross’ eastern service area.



Anthony (Tony) DaRe serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at BSI Corporate Benefits. Tony serves as the chief negotiator and is tasked with leading the BSI team through current client renewals as well as new client implementation. Tony has redefined the industry by positioning BSI as a consultant rather than a broker or agent. By being integrated with his clients on a daily basis, Tony ensures insurance carriers are accountable for every dollar charged to his clients. BSI has consistently delivered six and seven figure savings as well as best-in-class services to its clients.



Jennifer (Jen) Smith, the Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), has led the department’s focus on strengthening Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol treatment landscape by increasing drug take-back opportunities, launching Pennsylvania’s Get Help Now Hotline, and expanding access to naloxone in communities around Pennsylvania. Secretary Smith has led collaborations with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to release guidelines and protocols for “warm handoffs” that help overdose survivors transition into substance use disorder treatment.