'It's inspiring': Thousands of women descend on Philadelphia for Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Amal Clooney and Serena Williams headlined this year's event.

Melony Roy
October 12, 2018 - 6:38 pm
Pennsylvania Conference for Women

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and tennis champion Serena Williams were in Philadelphia on Friday, headlining one of the largest gathering of women in the region.

More than 11,000 women and a few men descended upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the 15th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. It was a full day of networking, professional development, and breakout sessions led by experts in business, technology and finance.

"I just like being around other women and seeing the positivity, and I definitely liked when they spoke about encouraging other women," said Janeen Tennent of Sicklerville. "When Serena just said 'another woman's success, it shouldn't be a competition.' Or just going up to someone and saying that they look nice or making people feel welcome. I definitely enjoyed it. It was nice just seeing so many different people ages, color, religion. It's just nice to be all together and we're all here for one purpose, lifting women."  

Kristen Lee, from New Jersey, attended the conference for the first time.

"It's been overwhelming, but in a good way," Lee said. "I really enjoyed Amal Clooney's speech this morning. That was probably my favorite part. Her stories, everything that she does, I think, is really interesting."

The conference also included a Young Women's Program that provides high school junior and senior girls with the opportunity to participate in a seminar track designed especially for them.

For 16-year-old Adina, it was her second year attending the conference with local non profit Evolour House.

"The talks really inspired me to find out what I want to do with my life and really engage with the world," she said.

And Pottstown high students Angelica and Sabrina took part in sessions on cyberbullying and how women should use their voice and speak louder.

"It feels amazing," Angelica said. "I get to meet people from totally different backgrounds and it's just amazing to see their stories and where they're coming from and how they're successful. It's beautiful."

"It's really exciting," Sabrina said. "I really like it. It's inspiring. I really like when Serena Williams was talking, I was just really happy to see her."  

Some of the sessions were recorded and will be posted online.