PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "You are here to be part of a movement that will help all of us move forward together," civil rights pioneer Anita Hill told a sold out audience of nearly 9,000 at the 13th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday. "There are direct business costs related to harassment," Hill said, noting the need to end ongoing harassment against women in the workplace, 25 years after she testified during the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. "Time, energy and resources are diverted from work into litigation and court. So ending harassment is everybody's business." Now a professor of law at Brandeis University, Hill said despite the harsh treatment she received when she testified against Thomas, she will "continue to stand up and speak out" around equal education and employment protections for women. Quoting lawmaker and former presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, Hill said, "I was, am, and will always be a catalyst for change."
Themed "The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice," this year's conference also featured keynote addresses by Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion and author of "Forward"; Adam Grant, best-selling author and business professor; and Annie Clark, campus activist against sexual assault, featured in the documentary "The Hunting Ground," as well as an interview with Mindy Kaling, actress, bestselling author and creator and star of "The Mindy Project" by journalist Lesley Jane Seymour.
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.
New to the conference this year was the Tierney Social Hub, where attendees chatted one-on-one with online media and digital experts about how to leverage social networks for career growth opportunities. Attendees also visited the popular Drexel LeBow Career Pavilion, with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts and career coaching with coaches from the International Coach Federation Philadelphia, the Health and Wellness Pavilion, and the Small Business Marketplace featuring women owned businesses.
"The Pennsylvania Conference for Women has become a can't-miss event for all who care about advancing the causes of women in the workplace, in the community and in their personal life experiences." said Leslie Stiles, President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women Board. "'The power of us' is more than a slogan- it represents the values we live by 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; GlaxoSmithKline; PECO; QVC; AmerisourceBergen; Delaware Investments; DuPont; Ernst and Young; Johnson & Johnson; JP Morgan Chase & Co.; MasterCard; Mercer; PwC; Shire; AARP Pennsylvania; ACME; Amtrak; BMW; Burlington Coat Factory; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Comcast NBC Universal; DLA Piper; Dow Chemical; Fine Wine and Good Spirits; Independence; KIND; Merck; Philadelphia Convention Center; PNC; Poo-Pourri; Shriners Hospitals for Children; State Farm; State StreetCorporation; Stradley Ronon; and Wawa. Media partners include Philadelphia Media Network; iHeartMedia; Philadelphia Magazine; Tierney; and WPVI-TV, 6abc.
"What a joy it has been to support this dynamic line-up of speakers and change makers," said Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Beneficial Bank. "During this pivotal time in our history, it is now more important than ever for women to come together, share ideas, build networks and support each other."
To learn more about the 13th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, visit our website at www.paconferenceforwomen.org, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PennWomen or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/paconferenceforwomen. Photos of the event may be obtained from Getty Images.
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