Former First Lady Michelle Obama Encourages Women to Use their Voices, Advocate for Others


This year’s conference also featured keynote addresses by Dr. Brené Brown, courage and vulnerability researcher, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and one of the top five most viewed TED speakers in the world; Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage; and Carla Harris, Wall Street executive and author.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the tri-state area, featuring more than 100 thought leaders and industry experts from across the country in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

“We are proud to have become Pennsylvania’s must-attend event for women, men and anyone who advocates for social, workplace and political equality for women,” said Leslie Stiles, President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women Board. “We hope our attendees will be able to take the extraordinary experiences and learnings from this day and apply them  to their lives and in their communities all year long.”

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is presented by Beneficial Bank and Beneficial Foundation and generously sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb; Cisco; Drexel University LeBow College of Business; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson; PECO; Prudential; QVC Inc.; State Farm; JPMorgan Chase; DuPont; Macquarie Investment Management; Mastercard; Penn Mutual; State Street Corporation; Villanova School of Business; AARP Pennsylvania; ACME Markets; Amtrak; Bentley Systems; Comcast NBCUniversal; DLA Piper LLP (US); The Dow Chemical Company; Erin Condren; Fine Wine & Good Spirits; Merck; Pepper Hamilton LLP; PNC; Shriners Hospitals for Children; The Philadelphia Foundation; United Airlines; UPMC Health Plan; Vanguard; and media sponsors WPVI-TV 6abc; iHeartMedia; Philadelphia Magazine; Philadelphia Media Network; and Tierney.

“We are honored once again to support this remarkable event where women can explore possibilities, make new connections, and find their voices,” said Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Beneficial Bank. “The mission of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women to promote and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond aligns perfectly with our values at Beneficial Bank.”

To learn more about the 14th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter at or visit our Facebook page at Photos of the event are available from Getty Images.

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