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2020 Attendees: Join Us This Thursday, Feb. 11th for Mid-Year Keynote from 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 11th for Mid-Year Keynote featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and Angie Thomas
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

#1 best-selling author of The Hate U Give

Complimentary Bonus Keynote for 2020 Attendees Only!

Please join us this Thursday, February 11th at Noon Eastern for an inspiring hour with two brilliant women.

Doris Kearns Goodwin offers a historical perspective and leadership lessons based on the events of the past year. Her non-partisan speech will be a message of hope, inspiration, and advice for how we can all step up and lead in 2021.

Angie Thomas uses her prose to inspire deep compassion and eviscerate stereotypes about gender and race. Reflecting on the events of 2020 and the tipping point we’ve reached, her keynote will explore the current state of racial justice and how to move forward with compassion and take action.

Leslie Stiles will serve as the emcee.

You’ll be able to chat with other attendees while you watch, network around timely topics using Peer Chats in the Cisco Networking Lounge, and explore the Exhibit Hall before and after the session.

Learn about sponsors hiring women like you, shop local and women-owned small businesses, and catch any Learning Bursts you may have missed in November.


To watch this keynote session, simply log in to the virtual Conference environment with the same email address you used for last year’s virtual conference.

The environment will open on Thursday, Feb. 11th at 11:30 a.m. EST, and the keynote session will begin at 12:00 p.m.

You’ll find a link to the conference environment on, and we’ll send you a reminder the morning of the event.

You can also participate in the conversation by following @PennWomen and using #PennWomen on Twitter.


LESLIE STILES is currently board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, an event she initiated to broaden the outreach to women across the Commonwealth. From January 2003 until February 2011, Stiles served as executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Appointed by the governor, she acted as state governments advocate for all issues as they impacted women and girls. She is a vigorous and outspoken advocate for women in government and womens health care, economic stability and education. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Stiles served as director of marketing for the National Constitution Center, vice president of marketing at First Union Bank and Corestates Bank, and president of Stiles and Co.

Throughout her career, Stiles has been active in the realm of public outreach. Her nonprofit board affiliations include: Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Marion Anderson award, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Philadelphia Affiliate (2005 to 2011), the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board, and the Mayors Commission on Literacy, which she chaired through 2016. Stiles is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women. A breast cancer survivor, she has received significant recognition – as an honoree for her work with the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Buddy program, the 2006 PA Breast Cancer Coalitions Pink Tie award, and Komens 2010 Woman of Power award. She is also the recipient of the Professional Womens Roundtable Power award, the KYW 2011 Womens Achievement award, as well as the Womens Law Project Myra Bradwell award, the 2012 Pathways PA award and the Womens eNews award.

Keynote Speakers:

ANGIE THOMAS was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On magazine with a picture included. She earned a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University, and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a number one New York Times best-seller, and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now. Her newest title, Concrete Rose, will be released January 2021. @angiecthomas.

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize winning, New York Times number one bestselling author. Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. She also wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national bestseller, and was re-released in 2019. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries. Her memoir Wait Till Next Year is the heartwarming story of growing up loving her family and baseball. Her sixth book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a film. Goodwins Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielbergs hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a doctorate degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, as well as the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. Goodwin recently founded Pastimes Productions with Beth Laski to develop and produce film, television and digital projects. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team. @doriskgoodwin