2017 Attendees: Important Information for Conference Day

This year promises to be our biggest Conference yet, so we want you to be as prepared as we are. Read on for important logistical information…

We’re Starting Earlier This Year

Please begin to arrive as early as 6:30 am to pass through the security line and begin enjoying all the Exhibit Hall has to offer starting at 7:00 am. The morning keynote will also be starting earlier – so make sure you find the best seat in the general session hall by 8:15 am!

Some tips to get you through security faster.

Don’t Forget Your Badge!

Print & CUT out your badge before you arrive. This is your ticket in to the event, and you’ll find instructions for printing and emailing badges in your confirmation letter. Only the main registrant can log in to the registration and email badges. For questions about your registration please contact [email protected]

Seating Assignments. You’ll find your table assignment for the keynote luncheon on your printed badge. Seat assignments are strictly enforced.

Special Meal Requests

Although the date has passed to guarantee a vegetarian or vegan meal, we can accommodate a few more requests, while quantities last. Please have the main registrant for your group log in and select the appropriate meal choice for you no later than 9/27. Note that our main meal is gluten-free this year. Click here for a description of the meals.

Parking Particulars

We encourage you to think about your travel plan—and back-up plan—in advance. The best way to get to the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 3rd is to take public transit or a taxi, or to carpool. Jefferson Station, served by all regional rail lines, is connected to the Convention Center.

However, if you must drive (or have organized a carpool, you go-getter!), please carefully study the parking options and advice on our Travel page. You’ll find maps, prices and even an option to reserve discounted parking in advance. Feel free to use the Conference Community feature of the PennWomen app to hook up with fellow attendees!

A Note for Newcomers (& Experienced Attendees!)

We’ll be seeing a lot of new faces this year, so we asked our staff and conference veterans for their advice on making the most of a day at the PA Conference for Women. We think Conference vets will find it helpful, too.

Check out our Newcomer’s Guide here.

Update Your Résumé

You’ll definitely want to take advantage of free career coaching and resume review sessions throughout the day. Plus, many of our sponsors will have talent acquisition teams on site. Don’t be caught empty-handed!

Download the App

This year’s app is better than ever. Not only can you build your own custom agenda and find maps, speaker bios and exhibitor information, but now you can easily connect with fellow attendees before, during and after the conference!

Search “PennWomen” to download the latest version of the app, create your profile and tap “Conference Community” to hook in. Set up ride shares, ask for help, discuss the speakers and even post job openings! Visit our app page for more information.

Community Connection Opportunities

This year, we’re hosting three fabulous charities in need of donations, plus two newcomers focused on civic engagement.

Lisa’s Army—hosted by Beneficial—will be collecting travel-size and fragrance/flavor free hand sanitizer, lotion, lip balm and eyebrow pencils and making comfort care kits for courageous individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Career Wardrobe—hosted by QVC—will be collecting new and gently-used handbags and other professional accessories for women transitioning into the workforce.

SERVE Philadelphia is working to keep local girls in school all month, every month, by providing free feminine hygiene supplies. They’re collecting donations of pads, tampons and retail gift cards.

For more information about this year’s donation drives, visit the Community Connection page.

We’re pleased to welcome to this year’s conference two non-partisan groups that are working to give a voice to all Americans. Be sure to visit the League of Women Voters booth and learn the many ways you can get involved, from registering to vote to education to volunteering in your community. Then stop by the VoteRunLead booth to hear how they’re training women to run for office across the country and changing the face of leadership.

A Note for New Moms

Nursing mother’s rooms can be found in Meeting Rooms 107 and 302. You’ll find screens, outlets and a refrigerator for your pumping convenience. (Please plan ahead for the possibility of a crowd at peak times and bring a battery-operated pump if you have one.) Nursing mother’s pods are located on the 200 level outside the General Session.

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