PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saying that it will take a "major rebellion" as well as legislation to end the nation's persistent wage gap between men and women, Gloria Steinem encouraged 8000 women at the 12th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women to join the cause she has long championed. "It would add $400 billion to the economy to erase the gender pay gap," Steinem said. "It would be the single greatest stimulus our economy could have." Steinem, a journalist, author and feminist icon, made the remarks in an interview with actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, during which the two women shared their life stories. Alba described launching her lifestyle brand Honest Company, now valued at nearly one billion dollars, and bringing in experts to help her raise capital, often the biggest hurdle for women-owned businesses.
Conference attendees also heard keynotes from Carli Lloyd, American professional soccer player, World Cup champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist; Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate; John Jacobs, co-founder and chief creative optimist of the Life is Good Company; and Rachael Ray, New York Times best-selling author and television personality.
The non-partisan, non-profit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the tri-state area, with more than 100 industry and thought leaders from across the country. Breakout session topics included leadership, career advancement, personal branding, social media, health and wellness, finance, and more. Conference attendees also participated in the popular Drexel LeBow Career Pavilion with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts, career coaching with coaches from the International Coach Federation Philadelphia and Local Leader Meet-Ups for one-on-one conversations with local community and business leaders.
"The Pennsylvania Conference for Women has become one of the region's most important events for women," said Leslie Stiles, Board president and one of the original founders of the Conference. "It provides a place for women to share ideas for achieving their goals and come together to celebrate their accomplishments."
Attendees visited the Cisco Networking Lounge for advice to update their LinkedIn profiles, as well as the Technology Pavilion, Health and Wellness Pavilion, Community Connection Pavilion featuring local and national non-profits, and the Small Business Marketplace featuring women owned businesses.
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is generously underwritten by the following sponsors: Beneficial Bank; Bristol-Myers Squibb; PPL Corporation; Cisco; GlaxoSmithKline; Drexel University's LeBow College of Business; Morgan Lewis; QVC; AstraZeneca; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; DuPont; Ernst & Young; Johnson & Johnson; MasterCard; Mercer; PriceWaterhouseCooper; Santander; State Street Corporation; AARP; ACME Markets; Amerisource Bergen; Amtrak; Burlington Stores; Citizens Bank; Comcast; DLA Piper; The Dow Chemical Company; Fine Wine & Good Spirits; Independence Blue Cross; PECO; PNC; Sungard Availability Services; United Airlines; Whole Foods; iHeart Media; Philadelphia Magazine; Philadelphia Media Network; Tierney; and WPVI-TV 6abc.
"Beneficial is privileged to sponsor this gathering of accomplished women, corporate and community leaders, creative entrepreneurs and young women who will help shape our future," said Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Beneficial Bank. "We would not miss the opportunity to be a part of this important event and its commitment to empowering women in the workplace and in our communities."
To learn more about the 12th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, visit our website at www.paconferenceforwomen.org, follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PAWomen or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/paconferenceforwomen. Photos of the event may be obtained from www.gettyimages.com.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Conference for Women