The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present, in partnership with UPMC Health Plan, our 8th annual Women in Business Conference. Designed to educate, enlighten and inspire a regional audience of professional women, the conference is planned for Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 at the historic Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Keynote Speakers Announced

The Women in Business Conference will kick off with a keynote breakfast presentation by nationally-renowned author and speaker Beth Caldwell, of Pittsburgh Professional Women.  Meet Beth Caldwell  Beth Caldwell helps her clients make powerful SHIFTS in life and business. Her refreshing style and unlimited energy have impacted men and women around the world. She is the founder of the SHIFT Coaching Program for Women, Leadership Academy for Women and the host of the popular WebTV Program Monday Morning Mastermind. In 2014 Beth joined the Steve Harvey Success Institute as a global instructor teaching classes on time management, publicity and being an influential leader. She’s received the Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 award for being an innovative leader and was recently honored with the Woman of Courage Award. She’s the author of 10 popular books on business and inspiration, the devoted mom to Brian and Kevin, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA with her significant and soul mate Paul.

All conference attendees will also receive a copy of Caldwell’s book, Women Lead as a special gift from the conference sponsors. Caldwell, a professional business coach who has mentored thousands of women/entrepreneurs will also provide a bonus session: Difficult Situations Require Difficult Conversations, 

Our mid-morning keynote will feature a message entitled: Be Present, Curious, and have Radical Grace by Leanna Meiser, MBA, M.Ed, Director of Enterprise Learning and Organizational Change Management for The Hershey Corporation.

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Our luncheon keynote will feature Women Leaders of Agriculture of the Bedford County region.  Among the 56% of decision-makers on American farms, these women are serving in leadership roles in their families, businesses and communities, while also working to support the feeding and clothing of America and the world.  The panel will include: Berneta Gable of Snider Homestead Farm, former National Dairywoman of the Year; Mandisa Horn, owner of Horn O Plenty Freshtaurant; Lorraine Hall, Farm Manager for Lampire Biological Farms; Heidi Barkley, Marketing Assistant for Bedford Grange Mutual Insurance Agency and two-time Master Showman of the Bedford County Fair and PA Farm Show Champion; and Lori Sollenberger, owner of Hidden Hills Dairy, LLC.

Afternoon programming will be highlighted by a Women in Business Showcase, featuring local influencers, styled by women-owned businesses.  Far more than a “fashion show”, you’ll be inspired by the stories of influential leaders of business and/or the community, sharing products and services from area businesses led by other outstanding women.

Conference attendees will also enjoy plated breakfast and lunch, beverage service and breaks, valuable networking, door prizes, exhibitor visits/shopping, attendee gift bags, and more.

NEW IN 2022: The Women in Business Advisory Committee is passionate about giving back to the community of professional women, mentoring young women in business, and providing assistance to women in need.  To those ends, the Spring Conference will include a professional clothing collection for Women United, an organization formed through the United Way of Bedford County whose mission is to empower others to empower themselves by utilizing community resources and local networking opportunities.  Clothing needed includes gently-worn professional attire (pants, skirts, suits, blouses, shoes, etc.) and new undergarments.  Anyone donating clothing for Women United will receive extra tickets for the basket raffle at the end of the conference.

Attendees may also contribute a basket to the raffle, proceeds from which will be used to provide scholarships to future Women in Business events, ACM classes and/or other endeavors of enrichment for young professional women of the Bedford County region.   Those who donate baskets or other items will be receive extra tickets (chances) for the raffle.


All registrants for any part of the conference will also receive a subscription to the Chamber’s Women in Business POWER HOUR series, with noon-time programs, round table discussions and check-ins, to be held August Thru October via Zoom.  CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Sponsorships, vendor spaces and program ads are still available.


Thank you to our sponsors to date:  UPMC Health Plan, Omni Bedford Springs Resort,  Bayada, Bedford County Business & Professional Women, Bedford Candies and Rita’s Italian Ice, Everett Flower Shop, Epic Journeys,  Bedford County Chamber (Education) Foundation, Silver Lining Drive-In, ACM Bedford County Campus, United Way of Bedford County, the Bedford Gazette, and Fox 8/ABC 23.