PressRelease: Galvanize Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2018


(Washington, D.C.) — Yesterday, we saw women across the country take a stand, vote and even get elected for the first time!  Women are organizing, running and working together, and in Pennsylvania, the next step is to continue this momentum by joining the United State of Women at Galvanize Pennsylvania. The United State of Women will join with local and national organizations and individuals from across the state to discuss issues that matter to women and girls, and to train women on steps they can take on organizing, running for office, leadership and entrepreneurship.

On November 17th, we will create a community to continue to work together to make progress towards gender equality in our country and across Pennsylvania.

Speakers throughout the day will include, in alphabetical order:

  • Denise Barreto, Founder, Relationships Matter Now, LLC

  • Desiree Peterkin Bell, Founder, DP Bell & Associates

  • Aronda Smith Benson, Founder and President, Women Veteran Command Center

  • Emily Bittenbender, Managing Partner, Bittenbender Construction

  • Liz Brown, Managing Director, Backstage Capital (Philadelphia office)

  • Gina Cline, Chief Program Officer, American Reading Company

  • Sharron Cooks, Owner & CEO of Making Our Lives Easier LLC, a consulting firm. Community Organizer and Activist

  • Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Author & Activist

  • Deesha Dyer, Senior Executive, Ford Foundation, and former White House Social Secretary

  • Karen Fleshman, Racy Conversations

  • Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network

  • Donna Hylton, Senior Justice Fellow, Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, keynote speaker

  • Carol Kuniholm, Chair and Co-Founder, Fair Districts PA

  • Suria Nordin, Senior Executive, Ernst & Young

  • Lisa Nutter, Principal, Sidecar Social Finance

  • Nancy Santiago Negron, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Communication, Hispanics in Philanthropy

  • Lola Ogunnaike, People TV Anchor

  • Rebecca Rhynhart, City Controller, Philadelphia

  • Linda Sarsour, National Organizer, Women’s March and Co-founder, MPower Change

  • Lisa Servon, Professor, City and Urban Planning, University of Pennsylvania

  • Tara Setmayer, CNN, ABC News Contributor, Host, “Honestly Speaking w/Tara” podcast

  • Lolita Taub, Principal, Backstage Capital

  • Tina Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler, LLP, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Co-Founder, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

  • Sherece West-Scantlebury, President & CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

The Galvanize Pennsylvania program is co-chaired locally by Desiree Peterkin Bell, Helen Cunningham and Lisa Nutter. Pennsylvania First Lady, Frances Wolf serves as the honorary co-chair for the Galvanize Pennsylvania program.

Attendees will choose one of four tracks based on their interests to receive in-depth and skills-based training developed by national partner organizations. Tracks include:

  • Entrepreneurship powered by BRAVA Investments

  • Leadership powered by Courtney A. Seard

  • Running for Office powered by VoteRunLead

  • Grassroots Organizing

Attendees will leave inspired but more importantly, with the tools and knowledge to activate and mobilize locally and nationally and will hear from leaders in their communities who are working to increase gender equity in Pennsylvania and around the country.  The theme for the day is to focus on “Where we are, where we are going, and how we will get there”. We are at a critical time in our country and as women it is important to not only understand that we are not a monolith but identify those differences to determine how we move forward to make impact.

USOW has hosted previous Galvanize regional events in Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Atlanta, GA in 2017 and Miami, FL in 2018 with additional events slated later in the year including in Albuquerque, NM, as part of the United State of Women’s nationwide mobilization to spur women into action in our local communities.

The United State of Women’s Galvanize Program in Pennsylvania is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, American Airlines, Land of Distraction, Justice Action Network, Moore College of Art and Design and DPBell & Associates. Additional sponsor and speaker announcements will be forthcoming.

For additional details about the Galvanize Pennsylvania, including registration details, visit the Eventbrite page.

For sponsorship and partnership opportunities of Galvanize Pennsylvania, visit our website.

MEDIA REGISTRATION: The plenary sessions of the Galvanize Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will be open to the press, and media interested in attending should email with the subject line “Galvanize PA – RSVP” to request credentials. Media registration will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN: The United State of Women (USOW) is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, the United State of Women has hosted multiple regional convenings across the country and recently organized the second United State of Women Summit, bringing together 7,500 women and allies in support of gender equality. USOW serves as a convener, connector, and amplifier bringing women together across background and beliefs to engage and inspire each other. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

The United State of Women (USOW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For more information on the United State of Women’s Galvanize Program, visit and follow @USOWomen.