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Are you or someone you know making a difference in your community?

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Target and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women want to hear your story and share it with the world! Whether you’ve been making a difference by being on the front lines of the pandemic, marching in the streets for justice, or checking in on an elderly neighbor during a chaotic time, your good acts matter and inspire others.

That’s why, we’re highlighting select stories and gifting three entrants with two (2) free tickets to our virtual fall Conference as well as a $500 Target gift card!

To share your story, enter our Target Storytellers contest.

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Viola Davis! The First of Many Amazing 2020 Conference for Women Speaker Announcements

Viola Davis! The first of many amazing 2020 Conference for Women speaker announcements

Academy Award winning actor, producer, and philanthropist Viola Davis continues to break barriers; challenging and inspiring us all to do better, be the change, and put an end to systemic inequality—because we are all worth it. There is no one better to help us pioneer the path forward than Viola Davis as we kick off the first-ever entirely online Pennsylvania Conference for Women this November 11th.

In addition to amplifying historically marginalized voices via her independent production company JuVee, Davis will portray Michelle Obama in the upcoming Showtime series First Ladies as well as “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey in the upcoming film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Having just concluded her iconic leading role in ABC’s hit series How to Get Away With Murder, Davis said, “Uncomfortable is probably the sweet spot, because when you move through it, that’s when growth happens.” Positive transformation through radical honesty has been a defining theme of Davis’ life and it’s a message we need now more than ever.

Register before July 17th to secure early bird pricing of $125!


For more exciting speaker announcements, including Charmaine McClarie, Esther Wojcicki, Marcus Buckingham, and Susan David, visit our Speakers page.

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Standing Together, Now More Than Ever

a group of diverse women standing together in unity

Our nation has been rocked by tragedy and unrest in recent weeks and months—shaken by a tipping point in racial injustice, a global pandemic, and widespread economic devastation.

We stand with those mourning the senseless killing of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives lost needlessly. We join the voices calling for change, and we call on women to support one another in fighting for equality for people of color.

As an organization, our core mission has been to promote inclusive equality for working women—across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and political affiliation. But we realize we must go further.

In the coming weeks, the Conferences for Women will be using our platform and sharing resources dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black women and women of color.

Every woman, of every race, can make a difference. By standing shoulder to shoulder in the fight for justice, by taking actions to promote diversity and lending our voices to calls for change. By participating in the civic process and by providing support to groups fighting for change when possible.

Let’s find our strength by joining together. Support each other. Volunteer. Donate. Read. Learn. Vote. And remind ourselves every day: We are the women the world needs now.

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2020 Conference Updates

Save the Date - registration opens Wednesday, June 17th at 9am

One reason the Pennsylvania Conference for Women has been such a special event for 17 years is because of what happens when 10,000 women come together to inspire and learn from each other. You can’t help but feel “The Power of Us.”

It’s a feeling we need this year more than ever. That’s why, with your safety in mind, we are designing a unique event for these times that we promise will not disappoint.

This year’s Conference on November 11th will deliver the same quality you’ve come to love and expect in a highly interactive virtual experience.

Recognizing how extraordinary today’s challenges are, we’re lining up some of the smartest people we know—globally renowned visionaries and leaders—to provide the inspiration, development, and connection we all need and want now.

In one day, you’ll gain:

  • Powerful new perspectives to stay resilient and relevant in today’s changing times
  • Opportunities to chat real-time with speakers and interact with each other
  • Ways to support women-owned businesses
  • And, even a chance to have some much-deserved fun.

Stay tuned for exciting speaker announcements and other details.

Registration opens Wednesday, June 17 at 9 a.m. with an Earlybird Price of $125.

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What Everyone Needs in the Face of a Great Challenge

two friends practicing social distancing while smiling and hiking up a mountain

Our friend and happiness expert Shawn Achor once shared that if you view a mountain by yourself, your brain will perceive it to be 10 to 20 percent steeper than if you view it while standing next to a friend who is going to climb it with you.

Well, friends, we’re standing next to you (from six feet away, of course) as you view what might feel like a mountain of new challenges. Think of us as the friendly crew that’s helping find the best guides, tips, and inspiration to help you succeed.

That’s why this month we launched these new resources and initiatives:

We’ve also increased the frequency of our newsletter to keep you informed and connected to this vital community of women supporting women. If you know a friend or colleague who could benefit from joining us, please share this newsletter with them. New readers, sign up here.

Two final notes:

  • Young women from underserved communities who are prospective college students need our help now. Please consider giving to our partner, ScholarMatch.
  • The 2020 Conference will go on, and registration will begin in June. Read our statement.

More from the April 2020 Newsletter

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Download the All-New Official Conference App

Download the official Pennsylvania Conference for Women app. You requested better features, and we listened! You’re going to love it…

Why Download? 

  • Enhanced networking capabilities with the a new AI matchmaking feature
  • Full agenda & speaker listings
  • Full speaker bios & access to presentations
  • Alerts to keep you in the loop on news and last-minute changes
  • Access to past and present session audio
  • Social wall to help you connect with other attendees during and after the event

NEW! Networking & AI Matchmaking

  • Create your profile based on your preferences to be matched with other attendees, as well as sessions and exhibitors that will likely interest you
  • Forge more meaningful connections with other attendees, and even set up appointments and exchange private messages

Benefits of Creating a Profile

  • Matchmaking feature providing customized networking opportunities is only available to users with profiles
  • Build a custom schedule
  • Save session, speaker, sponsor, and exhibitor favorites for quick access
  • Take & save notes on individual sessions – and export post conference
  • Search attendees and send private and group messages

IF YOU HAVE LAST YEAR’S APP, PLEASE DELETE IT AND DOWNLOAD THE NEW 2020 VERSION FROM YOUR APP STORE.

 

 

CLICK HERE for more APP FAQ’s.

Special thanks to Cisco for underwriting this year’s conference app!
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Ava DuVernay: Women Need to be Each Other’s “Fan Girls”

Ava DuVernay

Men are often defended by other men, Ava DuVernay said to the 10,000 women attending the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

Using the film industry as an example, she said: If criticism comes, so do “fan boys” who support the person being criticized by descending on the Internet to protect them. Read More

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Elizabeth Gilbert: On the Three Most Powerful Words a Woman Can Say

Elizabeth Gilbert

When she was 25 and had moved to New York City to pursue a career as a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert saw a woman in her neighborhood who seemed to be living her dream life: one of creativity that was not taken up by other day jobs.

“She became my mentor. She didn’t know. We didn’t have the conversation. I just decided. And, what that meant in my world was that I would semi-talk to her,” Gilbert told 10,000 women at the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. “My plan for this mentorship relationship was to be in her presence and what would happen is all that [she had] would migrate to me.”

Then, one night, Gilbert saw her at a party, where the woman politely asked how her writing was going. Gilbert responded: not very well. The woman asked why. Gilbert said she had too much work, and was busy with a boyfriend, and her roommates were very distracting. In short, she didn’t have time, and she didn’t have privacy.

“At the end, she asked me the single most important question anybody has ever asked me in my entire life. I can honestly tell you my life hinged on that question,” Gilbert recalled. It was: “What are you willing to give up to have the life you keep pretending you want?”

Gilbert felt offended and immediately defended herself. But the woman challenged her, saying that from her perspective it looked like Gilbert put time into everything except the writing that she said was most important to her.

Then she asked where her free time was spent. Gilbert responded that she didn’t have any. “Really?” the woman asked. “What’s your favorite television show?” Gilbert answered Seinfeld. Then the woman similarly challenged her about her favorite magazines and restaurants and bars.

Finally, knowing Gilbert and her friends had plans to go the beach for a week, the woman said: “You are not going because if you do go, then I don’t ever want to have this conversation with you again about how your work isn’t going well because the thing you care about you don’t have time for.”

Gilbert acknowledged that she had to learn to say “no” to things she didn’t want to do. The woman said, “Oh, honey, it’s so much worse than that. You have to learn to say ‘no’ to the things that you do want to do with the understanding that you just have this one life stream, this one energy source, this one brief moment here.”

That, said Gilbert, became the turning point in her life as a writer. She stayed home and wrote what would become her first book.

The upshot: “Women are taught they are supposed to care about everything and everybody equally; and it is a lie, a great lie that is keeping you in bondage,” Gilbert said. “The reason I think you are so worried, tired, and stressed,” Gilbert said to the audience, “is because you believe this great lie that you are supposed to care about everything and everybody equally.”

“My prayer,” she added, “is that you take that worry off your neck that you have been struggling with and turn it into a golden circle you put around you and your projects, and your creativity, around who and what you love. Say everything in the circle is now sacred. I choose what is in it. And, if you’re not in the circle you can what outside because I don’t care.”

Those three words, “I don’t care,” are the three most powerful words a woman can have in her arsenal, Gilbert suggested, because they allow us to focus our energy on what we do most care about.


 

The Magic of Liz Gilbert

People know Elizabeth Gilbert best as the author of the wildly successful international bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love that was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. It gave voice to women who longed for something more. More from relationships. More from love. More from life. She inspired us to pursue our dreams wherever they take us.

Since then, Gilbert has continued to dazzle us time and again. Her wondrous book, Big Magic, has led countless women to recognize that there are “extraordinary treasures” that long to be coaxed out of every one of us.

Then, just this past summer, Liz Gilbert returned to her roots as a fiction writer with the release of City of Girls, an instant New York Times bestseller. Set in the theater world of the 1940s, it’s a spellbinding novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering – you’ll like this: that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person. But perhaps most importantly, she inspires joy and wonder wherever she goes.


Read more keynote recaps from the 2019 Conference

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Jesmyn Ward: Hold Fast to Your Oars

Jesmyn Ward

“I grew up in a poor, rural mostly black community in Mississippi,” Jesmyn Ward began her talk before the 10,000 women at the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She was a child of cleaning women, bootleggers, factory workers and landscapers.

Growing up, she thought the people around her lived the lives they did because of one colossal mistake: They did not choose a life of education. She did not yet know, she said, how history and cultural legacies had narrowed their choices. She didn’t understand that writing a different life for herself would also involve luck. Read More

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James Clear: If You Want to Make Big Changes, Think Small

James Clear

When he was a teenager, James Clear got hit in the face with a bat during a baseball game. It took surgery and nearly nine months for him to be able to work on regaining basic functions, like walking in a straight line. And even then, he could only focus on developing one tiny new habit a time. But together, these tiny habits made a big difference—big enough that, in college, he was named an Academic all-American.

They also led him to be an expert in how tiny habits can help us reach our potential—insights he compiled in 2018 The New York Times best-selling book, Atomic Habits, and shared with the 10,000 people at the 2019 Pennsylvania Conference for Women.  

“So often we think that change is about being ambitious. But setting a goal is the easy part,” he said. “Excellence is not really about making radical changes. It is about accruing small improvements over time.” Read More

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