2023-04-11 14:30Press release

Philadelphia Leaders Symposium Brings In Two Powerhouse Keynotes That Beat The Odds to Success

NAWBO Greater Philadelphia Leaders Symposium to

Focus on Embracing Differences


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (April 11, 2023) – The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater Philadelphia Leaders Symposium is back again and this year, it's all about embracing differences in the workplace. Happening on April 25th at The Inn at Villanova, the event promises to be an enlightening day with two renowned keynote speakers and panel discussions on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B).


The symposium provides an ideal platform for attendees to broaden their horizons and gain new perspectives on these critical issues from various vantage points. What's more, there's a bonus workshop at 2:00 pm that's designed to equip business leaders with the tools they need to enhance growth. We can't wait to witness the incredible stories of empowerment, respect for differences, and economic progress that'll undoubtedly emanate from this inspiring event. Don't miss it!


WHEN:            Tuesday, April 25, 2023,  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


WHERE:         The Inn at Villanova, 601 County Line Rd, Wayne, PA 19087


WHAT:            9 AM Morning Keynote: Create a Culture Where We Do Great Things Together

Magie Cook, CEO & Keynote Speaker

A LGBTQ+ Latina who overcame adversity to achieve the “American Dream” and

build a multimillion-dollar company, delves into the benefits of embracing DEI in

the workplace.  Magie sold her first company to Campbell’s Foods for $231M.


12:45 PM Afternoon Keynote: Filling my Ditty Bag: Tools for Personal and

Professional Success

Bethann Rooney, Port Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Beth will speak about the tools and personal relationships she has leveraged to

overcome significant challenges and succeed.  Bethann oversees the

management, operation, and ongoing development of the major marine

terminal facilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest and

busiest seaport on the East Coast of North America.


Breakout Sessions, 10:15 AM

Collaborative Perspectives

Presented by Ariesha Geier, Collective Roots, LLC

Participants will work through collaborative exercises and discussion prompts to

gain a deeper understanding of DEIB and its importance in inspiring their

individual style of leadership and increasing their capacity to be more impactful.


From Onboarding to Exiting, The Employer, Employee, Contractor Experience

Panel discussion, 11:15 AM

led by Lesley Mallow Wendell, Rosewood Consulting


Kimberly Bennett, Immigration Associate, Jackson Lewis

Ucheonye Maple, Founder Aghaeze-Maple

Dr. Aronte Bennett, Associate Dean of Diversity, Villanova School of Business

Mary Ellen Harris, PhD, CHRO, Kreisher Miller



Dr. Magie Cook will launch Speaker Mastery Live

Dr. Magie has dedicated over a decade to empowering female entrepreneurs in

honing their voice and crafting their message. In this intensive session,

Dr. Magie will guide participants through her systematic approach which instills

confidence in both new and seasoned speakers and entrepreneurs looking to

take their business to the next level.



2023 Event Sponsors

            Loutel Law

            MPI Business Valuation and Advisors

            Bank of America


Advance video interviews are available with the Keynote Speakers and moderators.  To arrange an interview at your convenience or for additional information, please contact Cindi Sutera at cindis@amscommunications.net and 610-613-2773.



Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States, representing the fastest-growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and with chapters across the country. Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C., and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization.


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