Events

Serena Williams Joins Pa. Conference for Women Keynote Lineup

The tennis superstar will make her way to Philadelphia this October to address 10,000 attendees alongside other big-name speakers like Amal Clooney and Maysoon Zayid.


Serena Williams will keynote the 2018 Pa. Conference for Women in Philadelphia this year. Photo via Steve Jurvetson | Flickr

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women just made a grand addition to its 2018 keynote lineup. On Tuesday, organizers announced that tennis superstar Serena Williams, winner of 23 career Grand Slams singles titles and 14 Grand Slam double titles will join the October ticket.

This year’s lineup was already stacked, now the conference’s 10,000 attendees will have even more to look forward to. After all, tickets for the event are already sold out. International human rights attorney Amal Clooney, comedian and actor Maysoon Zayid, writer Ellen McGirt and 16-year-old developer Amanda Southworth are all keynote speakers scheduled for this year’s October 12 event.

Special guest speakers include 6abc meteorologist Cecily Tynan and anchor Tamala Edwards. The full list of speakers is peppered with leaders across finance, media, consulting, tech, philanthropy, law, higher education, sports, retail and more.

As in previous years, the agenda is packed with exhibit hall opportunities, breakout sessions, author book signings, keynote sessions and small business roundtables. Doors open at 6:30 a.m., with the conference wrapping up by 5 p.m.

The conference bills itself as a day that “offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal and professional development, and community.” And this year’s event is sure to once again hit its mission, leaving women feeling empowered and purposeful.

Last year, former First Lady Michelle Obama and director Shonda Rhimes took the stage during lunch for an unforgettable conversation about everything from imposter syndrome to self-care. Barack Obama even dropped in to make a special announcement.

Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed, according to the conference’s website. For more information about speakers and this year’s agenda, click here.