Dr. Brené Brown, Shawn Achor, and Carla Harris to Headline Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Registration opens for tri-state area’s largest gathering of women

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Pennsylvania Conference for Women announced that the 2017 event on
October 3rd will feature keynote speakers 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. More than 9,000 are expected to attend the event at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of
Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen
years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is
the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers: Rising
Daring Greatly and The Gifts of
. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring
Way and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers
eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations
seeking braver living, loving, and leading. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston
talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five
most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million views.

Shawn Achor is a distinguished Harvard professor and New York Times bestselling
author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.
Achor spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished
teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the
most popular class at Harvard. He has since become one of the world’s
leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.

Carla Harris is a banker, motivational speaker, gospel singer, and
author of Strategize to Win. She is managing director and senior
client advisor at Morgan Stanley and board chair of the Morgan Stanley
Foundation. Recently named chair of the Executive Leadership Council,
Harris holds degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Business School
and numerous honorary doctorates.

“Once again, the Conference will bring together pioneering change-makers
at the top of their fields who are committed to improving the workplace
for women and men alike,” said Leslie Stiles, Board President of the
Pennsylvania Conference for Women. “Our extraordinary speakers inspire
attendees and redefine opportunities for growth and leadership.”

The nonpartisan, nonprofit 14th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women
will host thousands of women – and men – for a full day of networking,
inspiration, professional development and personal growth. In addition
to a standout lineup of keynote speakers, the Conference will feature
breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of business,
philanthropy, leadership, finance, media and professional development.

Among the 100+ speakers at the Conference will be: Tiffany Dufu, chief
leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In; Teresa
Ghilarducci, PhD, Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy
Analysis at The New School for Social Research; Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D.,
industrial-organizational psychology practitioner; Grace Killelea, CEO
and founder of the GKC Group; and Caroline Webb, author, economist, and
senior adviser to McKinsey.

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is presented by Beneficial
and generously sponsored by Dow
Chemical Company
; PNC;
; Shriners
Hospitals for Children
; and United

“Beneficial Bank is honored to be a part of the inspiring conversations
in which purpose-driven women and the men who are their allies share
ideas, harness potential, and create change for themselves and future
generations,” said Joanne Ryder, Chief Administration Officer for
Beneficial Bank. “The goals of the Conference align perfectly with our
values at Beneficial Bank.”

Registration is now open for the Conference. To register or learn more
about the event, visit www.paconferenceforwomen.org.
To apply for media credentials, please contact Michelle Clark, mclark@conferenceforwomen.org.


The Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Karen Breslau, 916-447-4099