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2020 Follow Up: Let’s Make This Right

Dear PA Conference for Women Community: 
  
Over 17 years of hosting the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, today proved to be more challenging than ever before. 
 
After nearly a year’s work to create an incredible virtual experience that would lift you up in what has been a most trying year, our technology let us down. 
 
We apologize for the frustration and disappointment we know this caused you. 
 
In an effort to do what we can to make things right (or at least, better) we are pleased to offer you: 

1. A “Conference Day Re-do” at 10 a.m. EST this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. This will allow you to watch all keynotes and breakout sessions—as we had planned for you to experience them today. 

You can also access keynote sessions on-demand through Friday, Nov. 20th, and all breakout sessions through the 27th.

For access, just log in to the Conference platform with your registered email address:
https://cfw.6connex.com/event/pa-conferenceforwomen/login 

2. A choice of one of the following: 

  • A $25 donation to a PA fund, designated by the Conference, to assist women whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19; or
  • A $25 voucher at the Conference Bookstore.

The window to select one of the above options closed on Friday, Nov. 20. Codes were sent out via email on Monday, Nov. 23. If you requested but did not receive a voucher code, please contact [email protected]

3. Complimentary access to a new, additional keynote session with an exciting speaker in the Spring of 2021.

Please stay tuned for more details soon, as we are committed to making this up to you. And thank you again for your understanding and support this year.  

It has been one for all the history books. 
 
—The Pennsylvania Conference for Women board and team 

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July 2019 Newsletter

This edition of the PA Conference for Women newsletter was published July 9, 2019. Subscribe to our email list to hear from inspiring speakers and get tips on improving your life & career every month!

Three Rewarding Ways to Unleash Your Career Now

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We have three offerings this month about how to unleash your career: Play to your human strengths. (AI can’t replace those!) Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. (More people than you imagine survived a massive failure before making it to the C-Suite.) And think about networking like going to the gym. (We’ll explain.) Read More

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June 2019 Newsletter

This newsletter was published June 4, 2019. Subscribe to our email list to hear from inspiring speakers and get tips on improving your life & career every month!

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Woo-hoo! It’s almost summer: time for a well-earned vacation and, for the parents among us, work-life balance going into overdrive. But there’s something else worth celebrating this month: We’re thinking of it as the season of women’s potential—unleashed. Read More

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May 2019 Newsletter

This newsletter was published May 7, 2019. Subscribe to our email list to hear from inspiring speakers and get tips on improving your life & career every month!

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On Being Your Own Boss

It’s Small Business Week—which is no time for women to think small. Read More

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April 2019 Newsletter

This newsletter was published April 4, 2019. Subscribe to our email list to hear from inspiring speakers and get tips on improving your life & career every month!

De-Stress Your Way to Success

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We’re thrilled to introduce a first for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women Community: Livestream access to the October 2nd Conference!

Regular tickets are sold out, but you can still participate from the comfort of your computer. Learn more and get your tickets here.


On Ditching Stress & Growing Your Resilience

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Williams Says Women Need to Push Against Boundaries Till They Budge

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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 FortuneWilliams 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.

Here are some highlights: Read More

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Comedian Maysoon Zayid Makes Disability Mainstream

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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. Currently, she told the audience of 12,000: People with disabilities are 20 percent of the population but only 2 percent of the images we see from Hollywood.

Speaking of the challenges of learning how to walk as a child, Zayid spoke about how her father helped her.

“My father had a mantra: ‘You can do it, yes you can can,’” she said. He had two methods to inspire her, she explained. “He placed my feet on his feet and walked; I walked miles on that man’s shoes. The second was to dangle a dollar bill and have me chase it. My inner stripper was so strong.”

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


Editor-in-chief of Glamour Samantha Barry with international human rights attorney Amal Clooney at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women

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

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Amanda Southworth Calls Out Bystanders

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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.”

Recalling her years of victimization at the hands of bullies, Southworth recalls, “What hurt the worst was the people who saw what was happening and did nothing.” From the main stage of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, she issued a challenge. Read More

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