Largest women's conference in Pa. returns to Philly

Some of the region's most powerful women will be in the same room for one day.

Melony Roy
October 11, 2018 - 9:20 am
Amal Clooney and Serena Williams

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 15th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women will host more than 12,000 attendees at the Convention Center for a full day of networking, inspiration and professional development on Friday, Oct. 12. 

Leaders, thinkers, and innovators — some of the region's most powerful women will be in the same room for one day. 

Joanne Ryder, a board member and chief administration officer for Beneficial Bank, said, "There's a collective ambition of women throughout the Delaware Valley, across the state of Pennsylvania, that are coming together to be inspired, to learn, to grow, to network and to become their greatest self." 

The conference will feature keynotes from human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and tennis champ Serena Williams, as well as roundtable discussion and breakout sessions.

"The topic of #MeToo, sexual harassment and diversity, I think they will be top of mind," Ryder said. "And I think you will probably hear a lot about it at the conference, but our programming hasn't shifted because of it."

The conference is sold out, and Ryder has some advice for those who are attending: "I would say download the app, and to go through and have a plan, because it's definitely crowded. And you want to know where the sessions are taking place, because some are further than others. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring lots of business cards, because there are a tremendous amount of opportunities to network with a wonderful group of women."

Some of the sessions will be livestreamed and posted to the conference website later. Follow #PennWomen on Twitter for updates from the conference.