PHILADELPHIA, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Pennsylvania Conference for Women announced that attorney Anita Hill will headline the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on October 6, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Additional keynoters include Mindy Kaling, actress, bestselling author and creator and star of "The Mindy Project," Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion, and Adam Grant, best-selling author and business professor.
Anita Hill is a renowned attorney, author and professor, whose testimony during the 1991 confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas ignited a national debate on workplace sexual harassment. In 1997, Hill published her autobiography "Speaking Truth to Power" and in 2016, actress Kerry Washington portrayed Hill in an HBO adaptation of the book titled "Confirmation." Hill is a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Mindy Kaling created and stars in the critically acclaimed television series "The Mindy Project," in which she also serves as lead writer and executive producer. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and "Why Not Me?" Kaling also starred as Kelly Kapoor on the Emmy Award-winning comedy "The Office", and was a writer on the show.
One of the world's greatest professional soccer players, Abby Wambach holds the world record for the most goals in professional soccer, male or female, and led the U.S.A. in scoring in the 2008 and 2011 Women's World Cup tournaments. Since retiring from U.S. Soccer, Wambach has championed a new cause: pay equity for women.
Adam Grant, the Wharton School's top-rated teacher, has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, one of the 100 most creative people in business, and one of the 40 best business professors under 40. Grant serves on the Lean In board and wrote a New York Times series on women and work with Sheryl Sandberg, including "Speaking while female" and "Madam C.E.O., get me a coffee."
"This is going to be a can't-miss opportunity to learn from leaders who are standing up for change on behalf of women," said Leslie Stiles, Board President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "We are honored to have Anita Hill, Mindy Kaling, Abby Wambach and Adam Grant to inspire thousands of women in various stages of their journeys."
The 13th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women will host 8,000 attendees for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. In addition to a standout lineup of keynote speakers, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference will feature breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.
With conversations driven by leaders in many fields, the Conference will raise awareness about topical issues for women including pay equity, work-life balance and social media, and will highlight the groundbreaking women –and men– who are leading the way.
Among the 100+ speakers at the Conference will be: Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and president of The Center for Workforce Excellence; Paula Davis-Laack, internationally-published writer, media contributor and stress and resilience expert; and Mallika Chopra, founder, Intent.com and author, "Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy."
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is presented by Beneficial Bank and Beneficial Foundation and generously sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb; GlaxoSmithKline; DuPont; PwC; Amtrak; Dow Chemical; Merck; and State Street Corporation. Media partners include Philadelphia Media Network; iHeartMedia; and WPVI-TV, 6abc.
"Beneficial is pleased to be a presenting sponsor for the Conference and the unique opportunities it presents for women to share wisdom, advice and support," said Joanne Ryder, Chief Administration Officer for Beneficial Bank. "The conversations that start at the Conference have an impact on thousands of workplaces and on thousands of women's lives. This is how you create change."
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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