BPW/PA is a statewide organization of 1600+ members in 75 local organizations and 12 districts throughout the state.  BPW/PA is a leading advocate for working women in our state.  We work on all issues that touch women's lives and careers.

  • Organized in 1919, the Pennsylvania Federation (BPW/PA) is one of the Charter Members of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
  • Our organization was one of the first women's organizations to formally endorse the Equal Rights Amendment in 1937, and we have led the drive for ratification ever since.
  • Since its inception, the Pennsylvania Federation has initiated programs such as:  Luncheon Honoring Women in Government, National Business Women's Week Projects, Workshops for Women, Youth Conferences, Leadership Training and Mentoring.
  • BPW/PA has endorsed many financial projects including:  purchase of cancer research equipment, victims flood relief, scholarships, interest free loans to members and MATHCOUNTS.


BPW/PA Members Participate at 

PA Conference for Women                                                                       Philadelphia, PA                                                                    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hello BPW/PA Members,

We are pleased to announce that PA BPW Foundation and BPW/PA will again be participating as an Exhibitor at the PA Conference for Women on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration fees for BPW/PA members will be $175.00 for the Conference. Our BPW/PA members will again have reserved seating. We have reserved two tables of ten (10) and registrations will be taken by Denice Robinson, Treasurer of the PA BPW Foundation.

The tables are tables of ten (10) and Registrations will be sent in once a table is full. Seating will be assigned as Registrations are received. No additional seats will be available at the BPW/PA tables unless you have registered through PA BPW Foundation.

Deadline for reservations is August 31, 2017.  Click here PA BPW PA Womens Conference Application.doc for the application to register.

               Pennsylvania                                     Conference                                  For Women

Denice Robinson                       Cell # 724-557-5552

80 Oakland Avenue

Uniontown, PA 15401

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Why Join BPW? 

  • Impact                  
  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Information
  • Leadership
  • Visibility
  • Helping Others
  • Member Discounts
  • Friendships

For membership information, please contact Denise Clawson, Membership Chair, at 724-422-5227 (cell)


The 97th Convention of the BPW/PA Federation has been adjourned.  The weekend events began on Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 A.M. at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsport, PA with the BPW Foundation Board meeting.  At 1:00 P.M. the Executive Committee began their meetings.  That evening the Executive Board of Directors came together for a wonderful dinner and meeting with networking, much laughter and hugging of old friends and making of new friends.

On Friday, June 9, Susan Vladika, BPW/PA President called the meeting convention to order promptly at 8:30 A.M.  The Emblem was presented by the Past State Presidents, Girl Scout Cadet Troop 60160 presented the colors, and PSP Emily Holgash sang the National Anthem.  V.P. Theresa Rusbosin led the group in the Collect and Pledge of Allegiance.  The entire group was welcomed to Williamsport by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and the Genetti Hotel General Manager, Marc Schefsky.  The first timers were recognized for their attendance.

Tiffanie Burger, Young Careerist Chair, introduced the candidates for the YC Speak Off and Karen Schmiech, Individual Development Chair, introduced her ID candidates.  Those judges had a challenge ahead of them as all the speakers did an excellent job!

Emily Holgash, Nominations Chair, presented the slate of officers for the 2017-2018 year:  President Marilyn Tallant, President Elect Theresa Rusbosin, Vice President Dawn Berkebile, Recording Secretary Ginny Bailey and Treasurer Jean Calabrace.  With no additional nominations from the floor the slate of officers was approved by unanimous vote.

Members were then invited to attended various workshops or participate in several tours in the area for the afternoon.  Friday evening the BPW Foundation held a fund raiser with much laughter and fun for the members and much money raised for the Foundation.

The meeting continued on Saturday, June 10, with Bylaw updates, report of action items, the presentation of the Treasurer’s report and the presentation of the Budget for the upcoming year.  After discussion on each item, they were individually passed by the voting membership.

Many awards were presented over the weekend………Issues Management, Foundation, Membership, Legislation, Public Relations, the Mary Clark Myers Award and the Adams/Westcoat Award.  The District 12 Tribute to Women Award was presented to Denise Clawson. 

District 8 made a presentation to Outgoing President Susan Vladika and welcomed her back to their district.  District 3 also made a presentation to Incoming President Marilyn Tallant with much laughter and well wishes for the upcoming year.

After the Convention was adjourned the membership prepared for the evening’s Banquet.  After the introductions of the Head Table and Board of Directors, the first order of business was the presentation of the Woman of the Year award to Ginny Shultz. Many tears were shed and Ginny’s husband was able to join her for the evening.  After a delicious dinner Bernie Koval installed the new officers with Marilyn’s theme “Bridges to the Future”.  The prestigious Eleanor Briner award was presented to District 3.  Way to go D3!!

Everyone then made their way to the Garden Room for the Incoming President’s reception and receiving line.  Dessert was served and music was provided for dancing.  A fitting end to a wonderful 97th BPW/PA Convention.

                                                                                    Janet Riordan, P.R. Chair


Marilyn J. Tallant, BPW/PA President



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