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Society of Professional Women named Philadelphia’s Largest Female Business Networking Association by Philadelphia Business Journal for 5th Consecutive Year

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Wayne, PA – December 11, 2017 The Society of Professional Women (SPW), a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, is the largest women-oriented business networking program in Greater Philadelphia, according to a new Philadelphia Business Journal ranking.

SPW was third on Philadelphia’s Largest Business Networking Associations List following the top-ranked career development group called My Career Transitions and the Urban Philly Professional Network, which was second largest.

The Society of Professional Women, which was founded in 2009, has been in the top three for the past five years in the Business Journal list. In 2017 alone 1,700 attendees have participated across multiple events offered by the multi-faceted program.

In 2018, SPW will continue its passion to educate, connect, and inspire attendees with programs that highlight best-selling authors, successful entrepreneurs, a former CNN and NPR journalist, multiple chief executives, a groundbreaking professional poker player champion and more. Topics in the year ahead include leadership, service, gender equity, turn-around, risk-taking, decision-making, accommodating non-traditional workers, career satisfaction, self-talk and much more.

Changes in 2018 will include an initiative to increase attendance among members of The Main Line Chamber Young Professionals group by offering a limited number of discounted tickets when space allows. More than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

SPW will continue to be led by the team of Rose Ann Scanlon, an experienced executive who facilitated the program as part of a contract for the past two years, and Chamber staff member SPW Programs Director Nicole Stephenson.  Scanlon is moving into a volunteer role as chairwoman of the SPW Advisory Council, which is composed of a group of business leaders who help ensure that SPW programming meets the need of its members.

“Particularly since SPW is focused on professional development, we are pleased to have seen Nicole Stephenson successfully take on a more active role at the podium of our events in recent months,” said Bernard Dagenais, President and CEO of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce. “With Rose Ann continuing on in a volunteer capacity, we are getting the best of both worlds with these outstanding women leaders. They will continue to be focused, along with the entire Chamber team of staff and volunteers, on helping our members to succeed.”

SPW’s mission is to help accelerate the advancement and expand the influence of women leaders of all professions and generations, strengthen our business community, and support the region’s non-profits. The vision of creating this balance in leadership by increasing the number of women in power throughout business, non-profit and government sectors is made possible by the tremendous support from both men and women that attend and sponsor this program.

Other female Business Networking Associations listed by the Philadelphia Business Journal include the Network of Women with Careers in Technology at 21st and National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, which was 23rd on the list.

For more information about SPW programming, please contact Nicole Stephenson at Nstephenson@mlcc.org or visit spwmainline.com.

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its nearly 1,000 member base, spans nine boroughs and townships constituting the region known as the Main Line. As the Main Line’s business advocate, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is committed to enabling members to succeed, promoting economic growth in the region, developing an informed business community and enhancing the quality of life on the Main Line.

175 Strafford Avenue, Suite 130, Wayne, PA 19087 ● Phone: 610-687-6232 ● Fax: 610-687-8085 ● www.mlcc.org

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce Announces SPW 2018 Programming

 

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Wayne, Pa. – November 6, 2017 The Society of Professional Women, a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce (SPW), has announced its line-up of speakers and topics for 2018.  The 6 Trademark Events include some prominent local female CEOs,successful entrepreneurs, award-winning authors, a former CNN and NPR journalist, and a champion professional poker player.  

We are excited to present a diverse and dynamic group of topics and speakers again in 2018.  Attendees will be entertained, while gaining unique perspectives from experts on topics ranging from leadership and decision-making, to the benefits of gender equity and of supporting our nonprofit community,” said Rose Ann Scanlon, Facilitator of SPW.  “All in support of SPW’s Vision to create a balance in leadership by increasing the number of women in power throughout business, non-profit and government sectors.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Double Tree Hotel by Hilton in King of Prussia, 11am-1:30pm
Leading Yourself and Others to Greater Success
Presented by Courtney Lynch, CEO LeadStar

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, 11am-1:30pm
Why Successful Businesses are All-In for Gender Equity
Presented by Josh Levs, Entrepreneur, Former CNN and NPR Journalist

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, 8am-10:30am
How Service is a Win-Win for Companies and Employees: 5 Things I Learned Through Volunteering
Presented by Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President IBC Foundation and VP, Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at The Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge Casino Resort, 4pm-6:30pm
Avoiding Emotional Decision-Making, By Treating Day-to-Day Decisions like Bets
Presented by Annie Duke, Decision Strategist and Professional Poker Player and Champion

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, 11am-1:30pm
The Art of Risk Taking: Developing a Successful Turnaround
Presented by Anne Ewers, President and CEO, Kimmel Center, Inc.

November (TBD) 2018 at Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, 8am-10:30am
Accommodating the Non-Traditional Worker and Addressing Diversity and Inclusion
Presented by Jennifer Morgan, President, Americas and Asia Pacific Japan, Global Customer Operations for SAP

With this line-up, we anticipate getting large crowds for these events as well as for our Lunch & Share Conversations, She-Suite Leadership Workshop, No-Limits Leadership Initiative, and Women Helping Women Mentoring Program. The Trademark, Lunch & Share Conversations and She-Suite Leadership Workshop events are open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website: www.spwmainline.com or contact Director, Nicole Stephenson, at nstephenson@mlcc.org.

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its nearly 1,000 member base, spans nine boroughs and townships constituting the region known as the Main Line. As the Main Line’s business advocate, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce is committed to enabling members to succeed, promoting economic growth in the region, developing an informed business community and enhancing the quality of life on the Main Line.