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2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women

The 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women was held October 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.

Relive the day with selected video clips, photos, and even podcasts of all the breakout sessions!


Amanda Southworth at the Opening Keynote Session

Southworth Keynote

Storytellers Winners Introduced by Laysha Ward

PACFW18 Storytellers


Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Be More with Less: Making Room for What Matters Most
Courtney Carver

Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless
Jen Welter

How to Get Buy-in to Pioneer Equity and Diversity in Your Organization
Michelle Duguid, Carol Fulp, David Gonzales, Bernadette Dorsey

Managing Up: How to Work Successfully with Any Type of Boss
Mary Abbajay, Lorenzo Claridy, Amy Gallo, Alison Green

In the Wake of #MeToo: What does the Workplace Look Like Now?
Grace E. Speights, Michael Chamberlain, Lisa Gelobter

Get UnStuck: Navigating a Career Transition
Wendy Sachs, Raquel Arredondo, Kathy Caprino, Gwen Wunderlich, Ehrika Gladden

Personal Brand Overhaul: Redefine the Way You’re Perceived at Work
Catherine Kaputa, Kailei Carr, April Schneider, Sarah Swammy

Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ditch Workplace Drama and Drive Results
Cy Wakeman

Corner Office Success: How to Accelerate your Career Trajectory
Joanne Ryder, Cindy Eckert, Dr. Jen Welter

Get Paid What You’re Worth
Claire Wasserman, Mary Abbajay, Selena Rezvani, Joyce Russell

How Women Rise: Taking the Next Step in Your Career
Sally Helgesen, Dani Rylan, Fran Hauser, Karen Etzkorn

Women & Work: The Changing Meaning of Ambition
Hana Schank, Elizabeth Wallace

Get Money: Understand your Finances…without Stress!
Kristin Wong

Parenting: How to Find More Day to Day Happiness
KJ Dell’Antonia

Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear
Amber Rae

Time Saving Tips for Women at all Stages in Life
Carrie Bucci, Courtney Carver, KJ Dell’Antonia, Lauren Smith Brody

ENCORE | Get Paid What You’re Worth
Claire Wasserman, Amy Gallo, Charreah Jackson, Kristin Wong

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Leading with Strength and Kindness
Fran Hauser

ENCORE | Corner Office Success: How to Accelerate your Career Trajectory
Denice Hasty, Valerie Smith, Naomi Mulgrave

ENCORE | Ditch Workplace Drama and Drive Results
Cy Wakeman

Innovation Quotient: Making Your Mighty Idea a Reality
Nathalie Molina Niño, Morgan Berman, Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Sally Susman

Break the Cycle: Embrace Your Hormones
Martie Haselton

Young Women’s Program

Overcoming Bias in School & Beyond
Tiffany Jana, Alexa Curtis, Zaniya Lewis, Dani Rylan

The Importance of Speaking Up
Valerie Smith, Dena Blizzard


Keynote Recaps

Serena Williams

Serena Williams Says Women Need to Push Against Boundaries Till They Budge

Looking out at a crowd of more than 12,000 women who attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women last week, Serena Williams said “I’ve traveled the world, and I’ve never seen anything like this,”

In a conversation with Ellen McGirt, senior editor of Fortune, Williams spoke about women supporting women, pushing boundaries, sexual harassment, and more. Widely recognized as the best tennis player in history, Williams is an increasingly outspoken advocate on women’s issues. Read more…

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney Speaks about Today’s Defining Moment in Women’s Rights

Amal Clooney, who has been called the “consummate feminist superhero,” usually speaks about human rights issues that women face in other countries. But at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the international human rights lawyer spoke at length about issues women are facing in America.

“In the United States, a woman is assaulted every nine seconds,” Clooney said. “For too long, predators have felt safe, and women have felt unsafe.” But, “we are living through a moment of reckoning and a rebalancing of power,” Clooney added. “Survivors deserve justice…. Women deserve to be believed and deserve to be respected.” Read more…

Masoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid Makes Disability Mainstream

The first thing Maysoon Zayid said when she took to the stage at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women was: “I’m not drunk.” But, she quickly added, “the doctor who delivered me was.”

She went onto explain that she has cerebral palsy, which causes her to involuntarily shake all the time. But Zayid doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her. “I’ve got 99 problems, and palsy is just one,” she quips. Among her other problems, she explains: She is from New Jersey.

Zayid, who is developing a comedy series inspired by her life for ABC, is making disability mainstream. Read more…

Amanda Southworth

Amanda Southworth Calls Out Bystanders

Sixteen-year-old app developer and activist Amanda Southworth took the stage at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women and captivated the room with a deeply personal story forged in the pain of her childhood anxiety and depression. With the backdrop of a national mental health crisis that affects 1 in 5 kids between the ages of 3 and 17, Southworth delivered this message: Suffering can be invisible, but it is not inevitable, and we can all do something about it.

“Action is not important,” she began, “it’s mandatory. The world will continue to hurt us until we join the effort to fix it—things won’t get better unless we make them. We have a responsibility not only as women but as people on this earth to do our best to improve things. If we have the ability to be fighting then we need to be—for the people that don’t have that ability.” Read more…

Photo Highlights

All photos by Marla Aufmuth/ Getty Images for the PA Conference for Women