Conference for Women Announces Finalists

The Conference for Women, a locally produced day of professional development and designed to connect local business leaders in the Capital Region, announces the finalists for its annual awards. The day will be filled with education, recognition, and practical solutions addressing today’s critical issues and discovering innovative solutions.

In addition to a slate of nationally and regionally recognized speakers, the conference recognizes several key award Finalists:

Goodwill Ambassador – a woman who is focused on community outreach, business, and personal philanthropy efforts, and who demonstrates leadership characteristics in our community with proven results.

Finalists include:

Nancy Bittinger: Owner , Carlisle Bowen Works

Rebecca West Hensinger: Founder and CEO at Crowns For Kids Inc.

Tara Brown: Partner Dexterity Depot

Tressia Pankewicz: LPL Financial Advisor, Vista Wealth Management, LLC

Tricia Heisey: Financial Literacy Educator at Belco Community Credit Union

Sara Firestone: Community Relations Manager at Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Alexandria Resetar: Marketing Specialist at AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union

Niki Lannigan: Lead Licensed Medical Aesthetician at The Aesthetics Center of Memorial Eye Institute

Angela Tatum: Vice President at M&T Bank

Nancy Chavez: Director at PCCD

Agate Award – the man who has demonstrated exceptional effort to help advance women in business.

Finalists include:

Peter Russo: Owner, Law Offices of Peter J. Russo, P.C.

Jeffrey West: Managing Partner, Freedom Financial Wealth Management, Inc

Leland Nelson: President at African American Chamber of Commerce

Todd Snovel: Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

Leadership in Diversity – a business leader who excels in the pursuit of cultural diversity and inclusion in the community or workplace.

Finalists include:

Dr. Kimeka Campbell: Owner, Young Professionals of Color–Greater Harrisburg

Twila Glenn: Twila Glenn Group at Joy Daniels Real Estate Group

Lisa Lickers: CEO/Founder at Young Women’s Empowerment Academy

Aimee Brough: Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development at HACC
Masai Lawson: Talent Acquisition Strategist, Gannett Fleming
Dr. Bili Mattes: Executive Director at STEM-UP Network

Care to Share – a woman who shares her expertise to help others develop and grow. She creates a lasting and beneficial impact on business owners, leaders and rising stars.

Finalists include:

Anne Parmer: Director of Engagement, Andculture
Mary Clayton: Marketing Event Planner at PA Media Group

Amy Collins: Facilities Business Line Marketing Manager, Gannett Fleming

Kerry Mullen: Creative Director at PSECU

Candice Coleman: Iparty4aliving/African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA

Robyn Waters: Nurse, Messiah Lifeways

Lifetime Achievement Award – a woman who builds long-term business success, with strong community involvement and is adaptable in the changing business environment.

Finalists include:

Danette Blank: Executive Director at Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania

Jessica Gasper: Chief Operations Officer at Campbell Commercial Real Estate, Inc

Linnie S. Carter: Vice President of College Advancement at HACC

Kelly Logan: Vice President Strategic Workforce Development & University Centers Harrisburg University

Patti Husic: President/CEO at Centric Bank

Susan Drummer: Director at American Mint

Extraordinary Business of the Year – a business that demonstrates a positive company culture, employee development, and job growth. It focuses on using its business to grow the community via sponsorship, volunteerism, and community involvement.

Finalists include:

Americhoice Federal Credit Union

Carlisle Bowen Works

Leadership Arts Associates

Perry Media Group, LLC

In addition presenting these prestigious awards, Events by Eye Candy will present a $1,000 grant to an area non-profit. The 2019 Americhoice Grant winner is The Skyler James Wenger Scholarship Foundation.

The 7th Annual Conference for Women will take place on Wednesday, October 30, at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg, 4751 Lindle Road. The cost to attend this full-day event is $99 with lunch only tickets available for $49. VIP tickets are available for $159. Visit to register and for more information.

Call 717-514-4449 for more information about vendor and sponsorship opportunities.

Eye Candy is a woman- and veteran-owned business with a goal to inspire, motivate, and empower community members to live their lives by design not default. It has raised more than $175,000 for local non-profits.