Bedford’s ‘women in business’ showcasing outstanding pros

By Walt Frank

BEDFORD – Penn State Lady Lions basketball coach Coquese Washington will be the keynote speaker for the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce inaugural Women in Business Conference May 9 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.

“We feel Coach Washington is the perfect choice as a featured presenter for our first conference,” Chamber Executive Director Kellie Goodman Shaffer said.

“Her accomplishments go far beyond the basketball court as an attorney, teacher, motivator, philanthropist, wife and mother. We are very excited to welcome her to Bedford County as a shining example to other women in business.”

Between 200 and 250 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors and food.

“We have had requests from our members for something designed for women in business. We wanted to do something with a regional pull where we could show what Bedford County has to offer. We also have some men who are coming. It is not just for women, but it is geared toward women in business,” Goodman Shaffer said.

Some of the other speakers include:

– Beth Caldwell of Pittsburgh Professional Women, a popular author and business strategist who helps her clients succeed in life and business.

– Dr. George Zlupko, founder of Altoona Lung Specialists.

– Dr. David Arbutina, medical director of the Breast Cancer Women’s Health Institute.

– Dana M. Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics.

– Bette Slayton, president of the Bedford County Development Association.

“The chamber has assembled an incredible agenda and a group of accomplished and inspirational speakers for its first Women in Business Conference. The broad range of topics is impressive including health, finance, marketing, technology, politics, business and much more. It will be a day of education, networking and fun,” Slayton said.

The day will conclude with a mixer, sponsored by CenturyLink. The mixer will give attendees another opportunity to connect with other professional women.

Goodman Shaffer hopes to make the conference an annual event.

“We are very proud of the outstanding women in our business community, and we look forward to providing them with a valuable day to connect with one another for the benefit of themselves and their businesses, all while exposing professionals from around the region to Bedford County,” Goodman Shaffer said.

The cost for the entire day is $85; the luncheon only featuring Washington is $45. The registration deadline is Friday.

For more information call the chamber at 623-2233.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.