Ashley Biden to Keynote 28th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference; Award Winners Announced

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The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce is committed to advancing professional and economic opportunities for women, both in the workforce and as business owners. The Chamber’s 28th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will provide a forum in which women in all levels of business can connect with resources, including educational and business opportunities, that inspire them to achieve success in professional and personal goals.

This year’s event will feature all new workshops, more than 100 exhibitors and networking with over 500 expected attendees. The workshops will provide valuable knowledge and insight into topics and areas of interest for professional women at all levels of their careers.

The highlight of the conference is the awards luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and awards presentations. Ashley Biden, Executive Director of Delaware Center for Justice, will give the keynote speech during the luncheon portion of the day. Ashley advocates for those stuck in the criminal justice system and has been outspoken about the flaws of the justice system. She was a social worker for 15 years before joining the Center for Justice, most recently at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

“This event gets bigger and better every year,” said New Castle County Chamber of Commerce President, Bob Chadwick. “This is one of our most popular events because it provides educational and motivational opportunities for attendees while expanding foot traffic for sponsors and vendors. Everyone walks away as a winner from this conference!”

The Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Patricia V. Rivera, Owner of Hook PR. A brand storyteller and marketing consultant, Patricia excels at helping Delaware organizations build their brands with meaningful content across multiple channels.

Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon, President of Wilmington University, will be honored with The Women’s Leadership Award. Dr. Harmon is the first African-American woman to be named the president of a college or university in the state of Delaware.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Marilyn Monahan of the Ministry of Caring. Marilyn has proudly served and improved her community for over 40 years. She joined the Ministry of Caring’s Board of Directors in 2010, an organization that supports the poor and homeless men, women and children.

The Women’s Leadership Conference will be held on November 15, 2018 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. For more details about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit The Chase Center on the Riverfront is located at 815 Justison St., Wilmington DE 19801.


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