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The 2019 Conference Center

The 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women was held October 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. View the agenda (PDF)

The 2nd annual Workplace Summit was held on October 1st.



Ava DuVernay Elizabeth Gilbert Jesmyn Ward James Clear Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin


Ava DuVernay

DuVernay, the highest-grossing Black female director in domestic box-office history, talked about how she is bringing new histories to the spotlight—and why she thinks women need to become “fangirls” for each other, lending the support that dismantles the feeling of “imposter syndrome” and boosts confidence. Read more.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert, New York Times best-selling author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love, shared a life-changing conversation she had at 25, and advised: Give up trying to care about everything and everyone. Choose the two or three things you most care about, make them sacred, and be courageous enough to say “I don’t care” about the rest. Read more.

Jesmyn Ward

Ward, the first woman to have ever won two National Book Awards, described a journey from poverty to pioneering achievement and said: You must persist. You must be patient. You must take a step, and then another and another, toward your goal. Read more.

James Clear

Clear, New York Times best-selling author of Atomic Habits, told of the critical lessons he learned when recovering from debilitating injuries as a teenager, and advised: Put in place the small habits that will let your personal growth compound every day. Read more.

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin

The co-founders shared how they launched the Skimm together at 25, with no business or fundraising experience, and, after becoming immune to hearing “no,” achieved remarkable and rapid success. The two most important skills, they suggested: Confidence and networking. Read more.