Women in Business Presents: 2021 Professional Women's Forum

Join us for this year's Professional Women's Forum, hosted by the Lancaster Chamber's Women in Business program!


DATE: October 14, 2021

TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Cork Factory Hotel

COST: Non-Lunch - $75 for Members and $100 for Non-Members.

               Lunch - $100 for Members and $125 for Non-Members. 


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What is Women in Business?

Women in Business is designed to equip professional women with the knowledge, strategies, and resources needed to navigate challenges and achieve success in the workplace as well as to provide opportunities to connect with businesswomen across Lancaster County. 

What is the Professional Women's Forum?

The Lancaster Chamber's Professional Women's Forum is a half-day program for businesswomen and professionals dedicated to the advancement of women in the workplace, hosted by the Chamber's Women in Business community. 

Following a tumultuous year and a half, we invite you to join us for our 2021 Professional Women's Forum: Metamorphosis. Leave feeling transformed and inspired as you look forward to 2022!


11:30 a.m.  -  Women's Mini Expo & Networking

12:00 p.m.  - Lunch

1:00 p.m.  - Breakout Session

     Choose from one of the following breakout sessions when you register under program options:

  • Sisters in the Shared Struggle: Addressing Intersectional Identities & Barriers to Success and Promotion, with Dr. Armenta Hinton

We recognize that regardless of race culture or ethnicity there are challenges and expectations for women in the workplace. In this session, we will explore the opportunities to lift as we climb as women ascending the workplace ladders. We will explore how to offer support to women of color and not create unintentional impediments to their success.

  •  Cultivating Confidence, with Andrea Shirk

This session will focus on five key concepts for cultivating confidence in the workplace. Girl Power - It is important to be aware and proud of the strengths women bring to the workplace. Deliver with Confidence - There are challenges to maintaining assertiveness in a male-dominated world, but understanding the power of our perspectives can help us speak up. We've Got Your Back - Prioritize finding a community of women in the workplace because we are strongest when supporting the women around us. Making Smart Choices - When we learn to make intentional, strategic decisions, we can make stronger choices we are confidence to stand behind. Bring "You" to the Table - Figuring out what you and your family need and want in life is the most powerful reality you can face. It's OK to set boundaries and limits in your career to balance your life demands and desires. 

  •  The COVID Metamorphosis – Mental Health and it’s Influence on our Productivity, with Julie Evarts, RN, MSN, CRNP, CWC

We will discuss the impact of mental health on productivity in the workplace and the power of re-framing our patterns of thinking, encouraging you to find your wings!

2:00 p.m.  - Women's Roundtable: Childcare and a Family-Friendly Workplace

                      Facilitator: Andrea Heberlein

Access to quality, affordable child care is essential for working families to enter, re-enter, or stay in the workforce. However, the pandemic exacerbated long-standing problems surrounding access, affordability, and quality. The current child care crisis illuminates the critical need for cross-sector solutions.  In the child care and family friendly policies roundtable, we will explore the economic impact of insufficient child care, the range of options that businesses can adopt to better support working families, and related advocacy strategies.

3:00 p.m.  - Virtual Keynote - Pivot: Lessons in Changing Course, Spotting Opportunity, and Staying Relevant

 Lisa Schneider, Chief Growth Office | Chief Product Officer at Framework

Forget "30 under 30" lists: these days your career is likely to be long and winding, and the ability to learn, grow, and pivot throughout is imperative. In “Pivot: Lessons in Changing Course, Spotting Opportunity, and Staying Relevant” you’ll learn the qualities and skills that are required to pivot—whether that’s changing your company or reinventing yourself—and get actionable insights to help you move forward with courage.

4:00p.m.  - Happy Hour, Women's Mini Expo & Networking

About the Keynote Speaker


Lisa Schneider is Chief Product Officer & Chief Growth Officer at Framework, a social enterprise startup focused on building strong communities through the stabilizing force of homeownership. In other words, making the world a better place. Previously Lisa was Chief Digital Officer at Merriam-Webster, where she led digital strategy and product innovation and spearheaded a digital transformation that redefined the dictionary for the 21st century, changing people’s perception of the brand from a “dusty book on the shelf” to a timely, relevant resource and commentary users turn to every day. Under Lisa’s leadership, Merriam-Webster grew its audience, extended to new platforms, garnered unprecedented press coverage, and won numerous awards—including eight Webby and three Shorty Awards. She is a Webby Awards Executive Judge, and was recently featured on the AdAge Creativity 50, Folio: Top Women in Media, and Constellation Business Transformation 150 lists. Lisa is also a sought-after speaker for conferences and podcasts on leadership and strategic transformation.

Lisa has an extensive track record of strategic and digital transformation, including roles at Bridal Guide, Reader’s Digest, Budget Travel, and Penton. As part of her community involvement Lisa is on the Advisory Board for ACP, an organization that helps U.S. armed services veterans find their next jobs, and she serves as a mentor and advisor for the OU Impact Accelerator and the CPO Accelerator.

About the Breakout Speakers

Sisters in the Shared Struggle: Addressing Intersectional Identities & Barriers to Success and Promotion 

Armenta E. Hinton, Ph.D. joined HACC in February of 2020 as the Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity. In this role Dr. Hinton brings a high level of executive leadership to guide out commitment to promoting a culture of collegiality, inclusiveness, respect, and competence. She oversees Student Access Services and serves as the College's Title IX coordinator. Previously she was the director of diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator at Elizabethtown College and served at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania as Associate Dean and Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Black Studies. Dr. Hinton was also Associate Director of the Center for Diversity and Social Justice at Susquehanna University. Dr. Hinton is an active scholar, practitioner, and presenter in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and Title IX. Her research focuses on diversity, access and equity in education and higher education leadership. She is the co-editor of "Persistence and Memory," a collection of essays on diversity with reflections written by Derald Wing Sue. Also, she contributed a chapter to a book, "Preserving HBCU's Million Dollar Legacy."


Cultivating Confidence  

Andrea Shirk is the leader of a new kind of live event crew. Focused on building a uniquely collaborative, state-of-the-art live event experience, her dedicated team has been breaking new ground within the industry. Andrea comes to Rock Lititz with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management with multiple product development and program management roles, having worked in leadership programs at both Lockheed Martin and Bose. In 2013, she accepted the role of General Manager for state-of-the-art production campus Rock Lititz, where shows from around the world come to practice, train, build and structure their tours.  Today, Andrea is currently the President & CEO of Rock Lititz. In her most important role, Andrea and her husband, Mike Shirk, are parents to Tyler (13) and Haley (9) Shirk.  You’ll find her in their classroom teaching Junior Achievement, assistant coaching her daughter’s soccer team and cheering loudly for her son’s baseball team.  She is engaged in her community through passionate roles in Women in STEM and education.


The COVID Metamorphosis – Mental Health and it’s Influence on our Productivity

Since 2005, Julie Evarts, RN, MSN, CRNP, CWC, Clinical Director of Health, Safety and Wellness, has been growing and shaping the Integrated Health Management Program at EHD, one of the largest independent insurance agencies on the east coast. Before joining EHD, Julie worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Philadelphia. She is directly involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health & productivity initiatives aimed at improving the health status and healthcare consumer skills of both employees and dependents while reducing medical and lost time costs. As a result of her experience and expertise, Julie has contributed to the programs and best practices which have allowed EHD to be a leader in the ever-changing health management marketplace.  As a result of her unique skillset, Julie is also uniquely positioned to recognize future trends and recommend changes that can enable employers to take advantage of cutting edge health management programs.  She has been instrumental in building and expanding programs to help employers manage their occupational and non-occupational claims cost. In the community, Julie serves as the Chair for Harrisburg Area Community College Wellness and Health Promotion Program Advisory Committee.


Women's Roundtable

Facilitator: Andrea Heberlein, Executive Director at Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission

Andrea L. Heberlein is the Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. The Commission was created by an Executive Order in 2008 for the purpose of mobilizing business leaders across Pennsylvania to secure support for investments in early learning. Before joining the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, Andrea served as the Vice President of Strategic Impact for United Way of Lancaster County, where she helped to lead and support community initiatives focused on improving the educational, health, and financial outcomes for children, youth, and adults. Under her leadership, United Way of Lancaster County was recognized nationally and statewide for unprecedented increases in health and social service collaboration and innovative place-based strategies related to social determinants of health. Andrea has an extensive background and experience around community-building work, service coordination for adults with disabilities, community systems development for children with disabilities, and directing an employer-sponsored, NAEYC accredited, early childhood learning center for Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health and Franklin and Marshall College. She currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition and the Advisory Council for Nurse-Family Partnership.


Women's Mini-Expo

Interested in showcasing your business and your services? Join us at our Professional Women's Form for our Women's Mini-Expo! Expo space is free to Women-owned businesses (51% majority owned minimum requirement) and BIPOC-owned businesses. Expo space is $50 for other businesses. We have limited spots on a first-come, first-served basis, so contact Ashley Glensor at [email protected] to sign up beginning Monday, August 23!


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