Conference Sessions

Book Club Recap: Negotiating Your Worth

money-article1Women lose up to a million dollars in income over the lifetime of their career simply because they are afraid to ask and negotiate.

In our July 31 online book club, bestselling author, negotiator and our 2012 speaker Victoria Pynchon explained how to ASK for what you want, including more money at work. Scroll down to listen to/download the teleclass. Read More

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Psych Yourself Rich: Get the Mindset and Discipline You Need to Build Your Financial Life

It’s no secret that money is emotional. Our feelings, biases, fears and insecurities (and over-securities) often trigger our financial decisions. We obsess over finding the right answers to questions like: How much should I spend on a house? Do I put more money into stocks? Why am I constantly in a cycle of debt? How do I budget for uncertain times? Why do I make impulsive purchases (like buying a $500 pair of boots on a $600 a week salary)? Why would I ever have financed this house with zero percent down and an adjustable rate mortgage? This session will put a stop to financial second-guessing by giving you the mindset, discipline, and spirit for building a strong financial foundation and making the best decisions to meet you and your family’s goals. You will leave this workshop with the insight, advice and motivation to understand your money issues, establish goals, make smarter decisions and live a more secure life.

Speaker: Farnoosh Torabi, personal finance expert, author and TV personality

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How to Become Unstoppable

In today’s world, the only thing that stands between you and your dreams is YOU. Mel Robbins, a syndicated radio host, author and star of an upcoming relationship show on A&E will help you push past your self-imposed limits to get what you truly desire. This interactive workshop will explore the psychological and social factors that repeatedly hold you back, and more important, teach you a unique strategy for getting you where you want to be: you must learn to outsmart your own brain. You will leave with the knowledge and tools you need to push past your own issues and insecurities. Drawing on the latest neuro-scientific research, callers from her syndicated radio show, and the ideas she tested in her own life (and on her unsuspecting family), Mel will show you what works and what doesn’t so you can become unstoppable.

Speaker: Mel Robbins, author, relationship expert, syndicated radio host and “America’s Life Coach”

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Part 1 – Spark & Hustle: How to Put “Spark” into Your Pitch

Selling your story – whether to investors, business partners, customers, employees or the media – is critical for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The first part of this two session workshop brings you face-to-face with renowned small business experts to teach you how to develop your best pitch. Using interactive exercises attendees will learn how to:

  • Create a concise message
  • Capture and engage your audience
  • Build and exude confidence in yourself and your concept
  • Deliver with clarity to “wow” your listeners

Melinda Emerson, SmallBizLady and author, “Become Your Own Boss in 12 months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works”

Tory Johnson, founder and CEO, Women for Hire and workplace contributor, “Good Morning America”

Lena West, CEO and founder, xynoMedia Technology and creator, The Technology Diet

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Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire and Bring out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You

Why is it that some people challenge and motivate us to rise to our best abilities, while others seem to drain our energy and spirit? What is that particular quality people have that causes others around them to fully engage and feel connected? What is that magical quality that brings out the best in people, and is it a secret held by a precious few or something available to us all? With a front row seat in some of our nation’s most prestigious governmental, academic and business institutions, accomplished expert Betsy Myers will explore ground-breaking research to answer these questions. She will also share her first-hand experiences having witnessed both leadership success and leadership failure in places large and small, public and private and show you how to motivate, inspire and take the lead.

Speaker: Betsy Myers, author, public servant, advocate and founding director, Center for Women & Business, Bentley University

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Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Thanks to everyone who joined our teleclass with Nicole Williams, Connection Director of LinkedIn, and Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle and workplace contributor on “Good Morning America.”

Nicole and Tory shared tips everyone can use to make the most of their presence on LinkedIn, especially small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Free Teleclass with LinkedIn, Sept. 27: 5 Ways to Find Customers for Your Small Business

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is excited to join forces with LinkedIn to help thousands of women make connections and get action-based advice on how to take their careers to the next level. Read More

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Listen! 2010 Session “Negotiating Your Way To The Top”

Listen to this top-rated session from our 2010 Conference, in which Selena Rezvani, author, speaker and founder and president of NextGenWomen, LLC, lets us in on the secrets of negotiating.

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Q102 Interview with Speaker Melinda Emerson

Melinda Emerson“Plan for success; it won’t just happen to you,” says Melinda Emerson, “SmallBizLady and one of America’s leading small business experts.” Melinda spoke to Q102 about her Pennsylvania Conference for Women workshop, based on her book “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.”

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Among the questions she recommends asking before you launch a small business:

Can you afford to be an entrepreneur?
Who will buy from you and why?
What’s your road map for success?
What do you want out of life?
Get the answers to these questions and ask Melinda more at the October 25 Conference!

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Gloria Steinem on why we need women’s conferences

“If you enjoy equal pay, if you feel like you have opportunities that your mother never had, that your grandmother could certainly only dream of, you should be thanking your lucky stars for Gloria Steinem.”
—Mel Robbins

Gloria Steinem, women’s rights pioneer, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and a 2011 Pennsylvania Conference for Women keynote speaker, shared her thoughts on the challenges women face today and the importance of women’s conferences with another Conference speaker, “America’s Life Coach” Mel Robbins, on the “Mel Robbins Show.”

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“I can’t overstress how important something like this Pennsylvania Conference for Women is. I’ve been to state conferences and regional conferences all over the country. They’re really life-changing, because for the first time, many women find themselves in the majority in their aspirations, in a concentration, in a critical mass of people who support them, who have shared experiences, who can give advice, who ask advice. And because the system as it is in the external world still runs mostly differently, they may always in their lives have been in the minority, or felt crazy, or had to explain themselves. At a conference like this, it’s mutual support and the ability to learn, to find out and to use our own experiences to teach others.”
—Gloria Steinem, women’s right pioneer, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and a 2011 Pennsylvania Conference for Women keynote speaker

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