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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.

29 Excellent Scholarships for Women Attending College

A Bloomberg study revealed that women with MBAs earned a median of $35,000 less than men eight years after graduating from business school. One particularly painful effect of that earning divide is that it makes paying off student debt loans, which continue to balloon, harder for women at work.
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As gender pay gaps widen, loans weigh more heavily on women than on men. It can take women with MBAs over a year longer than men to pay back their student loans.

To ensure, men and women alike are presented with ample financial aid opportunities to help ease tuition costs. College financial experts at AffordableColleges.com have assembled 29 excellent scholarships for women attending college.

Announcing our NEW Title Sponsor

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Comcast Business named Endorsed Provider of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsor of the Society of Professional Women

Comcast Business has been named the Endorsed Communications Services Provider of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsor of the Society of Professional Women program for 2017. This collaboration with the MLCC and SPW will create opportunities for Chamber members to receive discounts on services and products, while also supporting programming throughout the year. 

“The unique and coveted status of endorsed provider is only given when companies offer outstanding service and value to Chamber members while also showing consistent support for our organization and our members,” Chamber President and CEO Bernard Dagenais said. “We appreciate Comcast Business’ continued support for the Society of Professional Women and its work empowering women as we head into our eighth year with SPW.” 

SPW is the largest women’s networking organization in the region and is consistently ranked among the largest networking groups of any kind. 

Chamber members all share an interest in seeing a stronger economy, which the Chamber helps to achieve by providing energizing networking opportunities and compelling programming with a special focus on talent and leadership development.

The Society of Professional Women is unique among chambers of commerce – empowering women (and some men) through connection, great content, its support of nonprofits and the giving attitude of so many devotees of the popular program. 

Society of Professional Women Announces 2017 Programming

Society of Professional Women Announces
2017 Programming

spw-logo_tmThe Society of Professional Women, a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce (SPW), has announced its line-up of speakers and topics for 2017.  The 6 Trademark Events include 3 prominent local female CEOs, a senior woman leader from Comcast, an expert on “genderspeak”, and a political and cultural author and journalist.  

“Our goal was to have an engaging, dynamic, and diverse group of speakers and content that would achieve our mission to 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-profit organizations,” said Rose Ann Scanlon, Facilitator of SPW.  “We are excited to be offering such top-notch speakers and cutting edge topics.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Philadelphia Country Club, 11AM-1:30PM
The Art of a Turnaround One Fact-Based Decision at a Time
Presented by Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at The Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge Casino Resort, 11AM-1:30PM
It’s About More than Hairstyle and the Dress: Women and the Media
Presented by Rebecca Traister, Author, Political & Cultural Journalist

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Radnor Valley Country Club, 8AM-10:30 AM
Elevating Women in the Workplace: Strategies For Overcoming The Odds When the Odds Are Against You
Presented by Madeline Bell, CEO & President of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at The Desmond Hotel, 4PM-6:30PM
Master Your Brand: Building Success Off Of What You Already Have
Presented by Brenda Bacon, President & CEO of Brandywine Living

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at The Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge Casino Resort, 11AM-1:30PM
Genderspeak: Working Together Successfully
Presented by Tammy Hughes, President of The Heim Group

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Radnor Valley Country Club, 11AM-1:30PM
Lessons Learned, Stay in the Driver’s Seat of Your Own Career
Presented by Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Offer, SVP of Comcast

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 Programs Director, Nicole Stephenson, at nstephenson@mlcc.org.

Society of Professional Women Facilitator Rose Ann Scanlon recognized at Women on the Move Event

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Society of Professional Women Facilitator Rose Ann Scanlon recognized at Women on the Move Event

Scanlon Joins 11 Main Line Chamber Members Also Recognized by Main Line Today

Rose Ann Scanlon, Facilitator of the Society of Professional Women, a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, was honored today at the Main Line Today Women on the Move event. This program recognized 24 leaders of local and national significance to recognize outstanding women of the Main Line and the Western Suburbs who are leaders in their respective fields.

Eleven Main Line Chamber members were among today’s honorees.

Rose Ann had this to say about her recognition, “It is my privilege to serve in a role with the Society of Professional Women where I can help accelerate the advancement and expand the influence of women.  And I am honored to be included with such an impressive class of fellow honorees.”

The Main Line Chamber is proud to congratulate Rose Ann and the additional 11 Main Line Chamber members who also received this honor:

  • Ashvini Mashru, Founder/Owner, Wellness Nutrition Concepts
  • Denise Day, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Brandywine
  • Elizabeth Jaekle, Vice President of Business Development, Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Jessica Canto, Project Manager, Pohlig Builders
  • Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors
  • Judith Dwyer, President/CEO, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
  • Kim Cassidy, President, Bryn Mawr College
  • Lea Anne Welsh, COO, Korman Communities President, AVE
  • Liz Bland, Program Manager, Main Line Health’s Women’s Emotional Wellness Center
  • Marisa Porges, Head, The Baldwin School
  • Tracy Ashdale, Founder/Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Montgomery and Delaware Counties

The event featured an exclusive conversation between Lynn Yeakel, Founder and President of Vision 2020, Drexel University and Tracy Davison, NBC 10.

Speaking While Female

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Why Women Stay Quiet at Work

Via: The New York Times

YEARS ago, while producing the hit TV series “The Shield,” Glen Mazzara noticed that two young female writers were quiet during story meetings. He pulled them aside and encouraged them to speak up more.

Watch what happens when we do, they replied.

Almost every time they started to speak, they were interrupted or shot down before finishing their pitch. When one had a good idea, a male writer would jump in and run with it before she could complete her thought.

Sadly, their experience is not unusual.

We’ve both seen it happen again and again. When a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. Either she’s barely heard or she’s judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea. As a result, women often decide that saying less is more.

Click here to read the remainder of the article.

6 Strategies To Land That “Long Shot” Job

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By: Erinn Carey

Via: Femme & Fortune

Think about how many times you’ve seen a job opportunity that you know you could absolutely rock; yet that voice in your head is saying, “If only I had an MBA, a few more years of experience, and knowledge of that industry…THEN, I’d definitely have a chance.”

Selena Rezvani who has written two fantastic books and countless articles on the topic of women’s leadership, and speaks all over the nation, highlighted a study that really stuck with me.

It was a study conducted by Hewlett Packard, in an effort to figure out how to get more women into top leadership positions. They found that women applied for a promotion only when they believed they met 100% of the qualifications listed for the job. Men on the other hand, applied when they had just 60% of the qualifications. Since then, study after study has confirmed that underqualified men don’t think twice about putting a hat in the ring, whereas overqualified women still hold back.

So, should you stand still, or just go for it?

You should go for it!

I challenge you to incorporate these road tested tips, and throw your hat in the ring.

Click here to read Erinn’s 6 strategies!