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Pennsylvania Conference for Women Donates $175,000 to Women-Owned Restaurants

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To help women impacted by the pandemic’s economic fallout, the Pennsylvania Conference for Women has donated $175,000 to women-owned restaurants across the state in an initiative with the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Grant Recipients Include:

5 Kidz Kandy Café & Catering
9 Café
941 Saloon
Alexis’ Smoothies
Aloha Smoothie Company
Ants Pants Café
Azorean Café
Banh Mi & Ti
Barrett’s Pub
Brewed Awakening
Brilliant Beverages
Café on the Corner
California Coffee Bar LLC
Carmi Soul Food
Cook and Shaker
Darby’s pub and Restaurant
Delicias acriollas Colombianas bakery DBA Café Tinto
Detailed Tap House Corporation
Devil’s Den
Diane’s Sidewalk Deli
El Balconcito II
El Merkury
Elizabeth’s An American Bistro
Everday’s A Sunday
Farmer xBaker
French Toast Bites
Guante Family Restaurant
Heroes Bistro
Historic Revere Tavern
House of pho
Hublersburg Inn
Icebox Creamery &Café
Jioios Restaurants
Knead Broad Street
Lisa’s Milltown Deli
Love Rocks Café
Market Cross Pub & Brewery
Mendicino’s Pizza
Miss Rachel’s Pantry
Modern Café
Mr. Yock’s BBQ
Original Oyster House
Pocono Rocks
Puyero Venezuelan Flavor
Race Street Café
Renata’s Kitchen
Rough Edges Brewing
Roxanne’s Catering LLC
Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi
SBK Café and Market LLC
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sugar and Smoke
Sunset Room
T&C Grille/Bakery 420
Tequilas Inc
The Beacon
The Frogtown Chophouse
The Lucky Dog Gastropub
The Mt Nittany Overlook by Harrison’s
The Pizza Joint
Ting’s Kitchen
Triple Bottom Brewing Company
Ye Olde Inn
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2020 Conference Playlist

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Make Conference Day Lunch with YouTube Star & Chef Dzung Lewis

Fall Harvest Salad by Dzung Lewis

Growing up in the Bay Area, the valleys of Napa and Sonoma were just a quick weekend getaway for Dzung Lewis and her family. Her parents loved exploring the picturesque countryside. Hence, she has celebrated many special occasions in the area—including birthdays, engagement parties, and even her “mini-moon!” And when the leaves turn color, the shadows get longer, and the nights become crisper, there’s nothing quite as magical as wine country.

This Fall Harvest Salad is inspired by a postcard vineyard view in Napa speckled with bright rustic hues. With fruity and fine cheese flavors, it’s a hearty, but easy meal for Indian summer.


Goat Cheese

1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, beaten
⅔ cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Lemon-Basil Dressing

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 garlic clove, minced, or 1 teaspoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1 handful of green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups packed baby kale salad mix (about 3 ounces)
1 cup canned cannellini beans (about ½ can), rinsed and drained
1 carrot, sliced into ¼-inch discs
½ cup dried dates, halved, pitted, and sliced into ½-inch pieces
½ cup halved red grapes
1 Bosc pear, thinly sliced
½ cup store-bought candied walnuts


Fall Harvest Salad (full plate) by Dzung Lewis

PREPARE THE GOAT CHEESE:   Slice the goat cheese log (see Note) into 5 roughly equal rounds.

SET UP A DREDGING STATION:   Line a plate with waxed paper or parchment paper. Put the flour in one small bowl and the beaten egg in a second bowl. In a third bowl, stir together the panko, salt, and garlic powder. Working with one slice at a time, dip the goat cheese rounds first into flour to coat, then into the beaten egg, and then into the panko mixture, carefully coating each slice each time. Transfer the coated slices to the waxed paper and freeze for 15 minutes. (You can also make these ahead and simply refrigerate until ready to cook, up to 24 hours.)

MAKE THE DRESSING: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, basil, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste until the honey has dissolved. (You can make the dressing a day ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.)

PREPARE THE REST OF THE SALAD:  Bring a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water in it to a boil over high heat. Add the beans and cook for 3 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

When you’re ready to serve the salad, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot (a bit of panko should sizzle vigorously in the oil), add the chilled goat cheese slices and fry until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the goat cheese to a plate lined with paper towels to drain for a moment.

In a large bowl, mix the baby kale with ¼ cup of the dressing. Transfer the kale to a large platter and arrange the green beans, cannellini beans, carrot, dates, grapes, pear, and walnuts on top.

Place the fried goat cheese over the arranged salad and drizzle the remaining dressing over the veggies and cheese just before serving.

Note: Believe it or not, the best way to cut goat cheese easily is with unflavored dental floss, but you can also just use a thin knife. If you cut the cheese with a knife, dip it in hot water and wipe it dry between cuts.

This Fall Harvest Salad recipe is from The Honeysuckle Cookbook by Dzung Lewis. Copyright © 2020.
Published by Rodale Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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

cheerful Filipino woman managing outdoor food and clothing drive during community charity event

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




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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