Pennsylvania Conference for Women adds Serena Williams to roster

The sold-out conference will come to Philadelphia on Oct. 12.

Melony Roy
August 21, 2018 - 11:47 am
Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Angelique Kerber (GER) on day 12 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tennis champ Serena Williams has been added to the lineup of Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Williams joins human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and comedian Maysoon Zayid to headline the sold-out event. 

"We could not be more thrilled to have added Serena Williams to the lineup of influential speakers" said Leslie Stiles, board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "Williams' bravery and perseverance in the face of hardship is sure to inspire and motivate our attendees."

Organizers believe Williams exemplifies courage, beauty, power and style, and has overcome insurmountable odds to win a record-breaking 23 career Grand Slam singles titles, and 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. Her remarkable tennis achievements combined with her off-court success in fashion and philanthropy, as well as her status as a strategic partner and investor, make her one of the most recognizable global icons.

"Williams has inspired mothers, and all women, all over the world with her strength and confidence as a woman, mother, and athlete," said Joanne Ryder, executive vice president and chief administration officer for Beneficial Bank. 

Other featured speakers include: Nisa Amoils, a venture capitalist at Scout Ventures; Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc.; Dani Rylan, founder and commissioner of the National Women's Hockey League; Claire Wasserman, career coach and founder of Ladies Get Paid; and Kristin Wong, who regularly writes about personal finance, career, and human behavior for the New York Times, New York magazine, and Lifehacker.

The conference will place Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.