Former Pittsburgher Vera Cornish and a host of other local and national women are excited and preparing for the Oct. 14 Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The conference is expected to feature nationally recognized speakers who will address many critical issues facing women today.

Scheduled to speak on the topic of “How to Take Care of Yourself While You’re Taking Care of Others,” trainer, facilitator, speaker, life coach and owner of Cornish and Associates, Cornish said the focus of the workshop is to explore how nurturing yourself is the basis for being able to nurture others.


The first woman of color in the world to go into space, Mae Jamison, is also a keynote speaker during the seventh annual conference. The founder and president of two technology companies has also founded and chairs The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, which hosts an annual international science camp. Prior to joining NASA in 1987, Jemison worked in the fields of engineering and med­icine. She was a gen­­eral practitioner in Los Angeles with the INA/Ross Loos Medical Group. She also served as a Peace Corps medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa in 1980s.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women is co-hosted by Gov. Edward G. Rendell and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “The conference continues to be the state’s premier leadership forum for women across the state,” said Rendell. “This year’s theme—‘Your Time is Now!’—captures the conference’s investment in the future of Pennsylvania by helping provide the opportunity for women to make positive changes in their own lives and communities.”

Rendell pointed out that the all-day conference will feature dozens of experts leading seminars on the issues that matter most to women, such as professional development, business and entrepreneurship, health and work/life balance. The day will be inclusive of two main keynote sessions, lunch, three breakout sessions featuring more than 15 topics to choose from, access to the exhibit hall all day and access to the resume critique and Mentor Match.

Pumped up about returning to her home town, Cornish said she is excited to be a participant in an event of such significance. “This conference overall is among one of the largest gatherings of women across the commonwealth. To think that over 5,000 women are expected to convene, just imagine the great energy and synergy.”

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