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.

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

Comcast Business 2013




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







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

erinn carey

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!

Powerful Strategies to Increase Your Closing Ratio Immediately

By: Kelly Roach

photo(6)Smart business people know that a high closing ratio is essential to achieving great income with reasonable hours. Tracking and measuring your effectiveness closing sales can help you dramatically improve the speed with which you achieve your goals.

Here are a few key criteria to look at:

  • How much activity does it take to get a client into a “Buying Conversation?”
  • How many client “Buying Conversations” does it take you to make a sale?
  • How many sales do you need each week to achieve your business and income goals?

Increasing your income and reducing your working hours starts with tracking and measuring your Closing Ratio and then creating the ideal conditions to improve it so that you can get the best result (most sales) with the least effort (fewest conversations).

Click here to read more of Kelly’s article!

Comcast Business


Comcast Business. Built for Business.

Comcast Business is proud to be the endorsed communications provider of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and SPW. It’s our goal to help MLCC members grow their business through technology.

Comcast Business provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through an advanced network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management. Our services can help companies expand, diversify and prepare for the future by providing the bandwidth needed today as well as the ability to accommodate tomorrow’s technology.

It’s exciting times at Comcast Business. Comcast Business was recently named the Fastest Business ISP in the Nation by PC Magazine for the 2nd year in a row! And we have been recognized for our Enterprise services as well. In fact, we recently became the first service provider in the world to achieve Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum. (MEF) Additionally, MEF named Comcast Business their 2013 North America Carrier Ethernet “Service Provider of the Year.” As more businesses shift from legacy telecom services to Ethernet, these certifications and awards is evidence that Comcast Business is leading the industry in the delivery of Ethernet solutions.

Finally, all Comcast Business Internet customers receive exclusive access to Upware, a cloud-based software marketplace offering solutions that are hand-selected for high-quality and reliability. Upware offers confidence and convenience with the ability to manage all business applications with one sign-in and a dedicated support line that can troubleshoot everything at once – including Comcast services.

We look forward to being a technology partner for your business. For additional information or questions, including a free bill analysis, please contact Greg Basile at 610.551.1197 or  click here to visit us.

Contact us today to hear about exclusive offers for Main Line Chamber members!