Each year, the Philadelphia Inquirer recognizes and honors Philadelphia’s business trailblazers at the Industry Icon Awards Dinner.As part of this year’s ceremony, 6 remarkable leaders will be inducted into the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Business Hall of Fame.
Among them is ASAP’s beloved late founder Marciene Mattleman, who– as described in the Inquirer article this weekend— of course deserves this title of icon.
After serving as a 6th grade teacher and a tenured-professor at Temple University, Marciene began a storied career as a social entrepreneur, launching the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy under Mayor W. Wilson Goode, followed by four education nonprofit organizations: Youth Education for Tomorrow, Philadelphia Reads, Philadelphia Futures and ASAP! An unrelenting advocate for Philadelphia’s children known for her dedication to her friends, family and colleagues, ASAP is proud to see Marciene take her place among the most influential and impactful leaders in our city’s history.
“The kind of things she embraced: How can you not care about adults learning to read? How could you not care about children? She couldn’t envision that anyone would feel any other way. It wasn’t arrogant. It was because she so fervently held these beliefs and the drive to help people that she assumed others did, as well.” –Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, daughter of Marciene.