Press Release

Business Wire  –  Thu Oct 04 10:45:00 CDT 2012

Top Business Leaders Launch First Ever Social Network for CEOs

C-Suite Executives in Private, Government, and Charitable Sectors Will Soon Have Exclusive Private Network and Related Consulting Businesses to Obtain Peer Support and Spur Innovation and Growth

PHILADELPHIA (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Several of the country’s most respected business strategy thought leaders announced today the launch of The Forte Group of Companies to serve the needs of business leaders in the private, government, and philanthropic sectors internationally. The Forte Companies will include The Forte Executive Network, a members-only social network created by senior executives in business, government, and charitable organizations for other senior executives, as well as two consulting arms of The Forte Group – ForteLeadership and ForteGov.

The first website in the Forte Group to launch is ForteLeadership (www.forteleadership.com) to focus on clients in the private sector, and provide leadership development, strategies for change management, executive advisory services, interim placement of senior executives, and independent interim board placement to corporations and charitable organizations.

ForteGov (www.fortegov.com), whose website is scheduled to be live in late October, will concentrate on government and military related engagements. Companies seeking to become government contractors, as well as commercial clients wanting to leverage ForteGov’s certification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) as a Service-disabled, Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB), will find these services especially valuable.

The Forte Executive Network preview (www.forteleadership.com/resources/executive-network-special-preview) is available now, and the full site will launch this fall at www.forteconnect.com. It will provide answers and advice from a tightly maintained network of senior executives, including 50 chosen from among the nation’s most respected business leaders. The network will provide access to extensive and exclusive knowledge and experience encompassing such crucial business topics as globalization, security, technology, law and policy, and corporate diversity.

Already on the site are exclusive insights from Dave Neeleman, founder of three airlines including Jet Blue. He noted, “Forte Executive Network is the ideal solution for top executives who want to know what their peers are saying and thinking. I want to understand first-hand the challenges and triumphs of other executives so I can remain competitive.”

Coming next week are results from Forte’s Diversity Axiom Survey on the topic of how the Republican and Democratic economic platforms will address a variety of diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Forte co-founders include Laura Drexel, trusted investment advisor to Fortune 100 companies, Linda Rosanio, marketing firm CEO, and Brian Roberts, government/leadership strategist.

“There are social networks for teens and young adults, sites that offer business services on demand, and networking sites for business people in general,” said Drexel, Forte’s Chief Executive Officer. “However, there are no other sites built by and for senior executives where we can share and vet the crucial ideas and peer-to-peer support that can help top-tier executives catapult their corporations to the next level and ease the burden of running large organizations,” she said. “Forte is designed to be a private and exclusive environment ideally suited for those functions. Our related consulting businesses will likewise deliver services at the highest level to the same audience in the corporate, philanthropic, government, and military markets.”

Forte has headquarters in Philadelphia with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. For more information about the Forte group of companies and how to join The Forte Executive Network, please visit www.forteleadership.com

About Forte: The Forte Group of Companies serves prominent business entities and government organizations throughout the world by providing leadership development, change management strategies, executive advisory services, and interim placement of senior executives in times of change, transition, or crisis. ForteLeadership serves corporations and charitable organizations; ForteGov serves clients within or seeking relationships with the U.S. government and military; The Forte Executive Network serves the unique social networking needs of senior executives. For more information on our products and services please visit www.ForteLeadership.com.