Signature Events

The Forum hosts four annual signature events:

The Leadership Breakfast

The Leadership Breakfast is held each fall in October and includes a recognized keynote speaker as well as the unveiling of our annual Women on Boards report. Attendees include 650-700 leaders and decision-makers from our region and the event provides an opportunity to showcase and celebrate women’s leadership.

In 2018, we welcomed

Mary Beth West, Chief Growth Officer, The Hershey Company.


Eileen McDonnell, Chairman and CEO, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance.

Past Keynote Speakers have included among others:

2017 – Eileen McDonnell, Chairman and CEO, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance

2016 – Helena B. Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy who was interviewed by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Click image to view video of Keynote)

2015 – Sara Mathew, Former CEO, D&B

Breakfast 2015

2014 – John Fry, President, Drexel University

2013 – Anne M. Mulcahy, Former Chairman & CEO, Xerox Corporation

2012 – Ellen Kullman, Former Chairman of the Board & CEO, DuPont

The Leadership Symposium

Each year The Forum hosts a half-day Leadership Symposium that attracts between 150 – 200 women from the region. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch keynote speakers along with breakout sessions featuring thought leaders addressing timely and thought-provoking topics. Recent keynote speakers at the symposium have included:

2017 Leadership Symposium with Tiffany Dufu and Sallie Krawcheck


2016 – Adam Grant and Gretchen Rubin

2015 – Stew Friedman and Lisa Belkin

The Forum’s Annual Meeting

At The Forum’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, which takes place in June, our new Forum board is elected and introduced to the membership.  In addition, our Annual Forum Award is presented and our 25 year members are celebrated. The dinner following the meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for members to connect.

The Forum’s Holiday Party

The Forum’s Holiday Party takes place in early December and serves as a wonderful opportunity for members to come together to celebrate the holiday season.