Third Annual Women in Business Conference Encourages Women to Recognize, Harness Their Unique Strengths

Celebrating the Power of YOU was the theme of the PA Chamber’s Third Annual Women in Business Conference held last week at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill. Attendees gathered for a day of networking, leaning in and learning from some of the most empowering female business leaders in the Commonwealth during a series of keynote conversations and breakout sessions.

The day began with an inspiring morning keynote from Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, Penn State University’s first female president, who shared a unique story about her humble beginnings as a child in India and how her work ethic, and the belief in her capabilities she gained from her mentors, helped her achieve great things in both the private sector and her academic career. Breakout sessions helped attendees gain valuable insights from central PA-based business leaders and community builders; taught them how to avoid the “superwoman syndrome” of feeling the need to do it all; and embrace their inner strengths. The event concluded with a strengths-building exercise with Annie and Andy Hughes of Hughes Coaching and Consulting.

The PA Chamber thanks Exclusive Sponsors Highmark and Penn State Health; Keynote Sponsor The GIANT Company; VIP Reception Sponsor PA Chamber Insurance; Wellness Break Sponsor Sheetz; Professional Development Sponsor PSECU; Breakfast and Lunch Sponsor WellSpan Health; Break Sponsors Aetna, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and UPS; Gift Sponsors Orrstown Bank and Sweet Velvet Macarons and WiFi Sponsor BRP Entertainment for their generous support of the Third Annual Women in Business Conference. We can’t wait to greet our members at this impactful day of celebrating the women’s impact in the world next year.


Founded in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.