Past Annual Meeting Locations

2017         York Heritage Hills Golf Resort
2016         Tannersville, Chateau Resort & Conference Center
2015         State College, Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel
2014         Gettysburg, Wyndham Gettysburg
2013         State College, Toftrees Golf Resort
2012         Pittsburgh, Double Tree by Hilton
2011         State College, Days Inn Penn State
2010         Carlisle, Hotel Carlisle (The Embers)
2009         Lewisburg, Country Cupboard ***
2008         Exton, Inn at Chester Springs
2007         Scranton, The Hilton-Scranton
2006         Johnstown, Downtown Holiday Inn
2005         Grantville, Holiday Inn
2004         Valley Forge, Radisson Hotel
2003         State College, Penn Stater
2002         Pittsburgh, Sheraton North
2001         York, Heritage Hills
2000         Allentown, Hilton
1999         Erie, Bel-Aire Hotel
1998         The Penn Stater
1997         The Penn State Scanticon Conference Center
1996         Valley Forge, Sheraton
1995         Harrisburg, Hilton
1994         Pittsburgh, Greentree Marriott
1993         Reading, Sheraton Berkshire
1992         State College, Days Inn
1991         Seven Springs
1990         Tamiment, Poconos
1989         Slippery Rock University
1988         York College, York
1987         Muhlenberg College, Allentown
1986         University Park, Penn State
1985         Lycoming College, Williamsport
1984         Chatham College, Pittsburgh
1983         Rosemont College, Philadelphia
1982         Lock Haven State College
1981         Behrend PSU Campus, Erie
1980         Bloomsburg State College
1979         Lafayette College, Easton
1978         Lancaster
1977         Altoona Campus, Penn State
1976         Valley Forge
1975         Monroeville
1974         Allentown
1973         Williamsport
1972         Villa Marie College, Erie
1971         Harrisburg
1970         Pittsburgh
1969         Reading
1968         State College
1967         Bethlehem
1966         Gettysburg
1965         Johnstown
1964         Beaver College, Philadelphia
1963         Altoona
1962         Allentown
1961         Hershey
1960         Philadelphia
1959         Pittsburgh
1958         Williamsport
1957         Wilkes-Barre
1956         State College
1955         Harrisburg
1954         Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphis
1953         Pittsburgh
1952         Bethlehem
1951         Atlantic City **
1950         Hazelton
1949         Easton
1948         Erie
1947         Altoona
1946         State College
1945         Harrisburg
1944         Reading
1943         Harrisburg
1942         Chambersburg
1941         Wilkes-Barre
1940         Pittsburgh
1939         Bethlehem
1936         Harrisburg *
1934         State College *
1932         Wilmington *
1930         Wilkes-Barre *
1929         Pittsburgh *
1926         Philadelphia *
1924         Philadelphia *

*     Pennsylvania – Delaware Division
**   Preceding Association Convention
*** Annual Meeting

2017 Annual State Meeting Recap

AAUW-PA 88th Annual Meeting
April 21-23, 2017
York Heritage Hills Golf Resort

Heritage: Diversity is our Strength

The AAUW-PA annual meeting, held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, York, PA from April 21 – 23, was attended by 84 members, speakers and student affiliates. Twenty-seven of the State’s 40 Branches were represented.  Activities on Friday evening included a “get acquainted” table game at dinner followed by our opening Keynote speaker, Dr. Susan Boland from Lock Haven University, who addressed Implicit Bias, Prejudice and Stereotypes.

Saturday’s schedule was very full.  Randi Blackman Teplitz, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, explained the role of the Commission and the positive impact it has across the state.  Dr. Mary Armstrong, professor at Lafayette College, gave a compelling address on Women in STEM.  There is much work to be done!  President Dot McLane conducted a Business Meeting followed by AAUW-PA Board leaders meeting with their respective Branch counterparts.

Luncheon speaker, Marianne Bellesorte , our Gateway to Equity Awardee, highlighted the mission of Pathways PA, a non-profit  devoted to ending the cycle of poverty, homelessness and abuse.  Concurrent sessions included Randi Blauth, National AAUW Diversity Committee, who addressed diversity within the Branch and our Public Policy Chairs, Barbara Price and Ann Pehle along with Elizabeth Holden from National, who presented, “It’s All About the Bill.”  The College Student Advisory Council (SAC) under the direction of Dr. Holle Canatella, shared their thoughts on campus issues including diversity, inclusion and intersectional feminism.  The District meetings (East, Central, West) were followed by the Awards Presentation program that recognized outstanding efforts from Branches.  Dinner speaker Kristen Galles, a civil rights attorney and Title IX expert who serves on the advisory committee of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, reviewed the statistics 45 years after Title IX legislation became law.  Her data provided reason to “get mad.”

On Sunday morning Dr. Jennifer Parker, Associate Professor at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, recognized for promoting multiculturalism and sensitivity to students, shared her approaches to addressing diversity.  Elizabeth Holden, National Advocacy Manager, provided an AAUW National Update and advised how to advance our public policy at all levels.  She also installed newly elected officers. Activities designed to benefit the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund included a silent auction where attendees bid on baskets donated by individuals and branches and mailboxes strategically placed for membership donations.

Special thanks to the Program Committee including Sandy M. Homel (Program VP), Rosemary Baker, Patricia Byerly, Susan Donahue, Dot McLane, Linda Robbins , Barbara Zaborowski (Conference Coordinator),  and Connie Schroder.

Annual Meeting Speakers

Plenary Speaker – Dr. Susan Boland
Susan Boland is Professor of Psychology at Lock Haven University. She will be speaking on “Implicit Bias: Prejudice and Stereotypes”. View her presentation here.


Plenary Speaker – Mary A. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary A. Armstrong is a Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and English as well as the Women’s & Gender Studies Program Chair at Lafayette College. Her areas of interest include Feminist and Queer theory, sexuality studies, links between Women’s Gender Studies and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), gender and environmental justice, and Victorian literature/culture. She will present her research on Women in STEM: A Look through the Gender Studies Lens. Mary is a member of our Easton Branch and comes to us highly recommended by our members who have been in her audience.

Plenary Speaker – Jennifer Parker, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Parker, Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, was recently awarded the prestigious John Romano Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award at University Park for consistently promoting multiculturalism and demonstrating concern and sensitivity to the needs of these students. Her presentation topic is “Approaches to Addressing Diversity”.

Speaker – Randi Blackman Teplitz
Randi Blackman Teplitz serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.  She was appointed by Governor Wolf in October, 2015 along with 25 other women who advise the Governor on policies and legislation that impact women and girls. She is a Professor in the Legal Studies Division at Central Penn College and adjunct at Widener University. Randi will join us for breakfast on Saturday morning and share her insight on the role and impact of the Commission. View her presentation here.

Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Speaker – Kristen Galles
Kristen Galles, a Civil Rights attorney who represents students, athletes, coaches and teachers in discrimination and retaliation cases nationwide, serves on the attorney advisory committee of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. She is a Title IX expert who has successfully litigated on behalf of AAUW.

State Gateway to Equity Recipient – Marianne Bellesorte, PathWays, PA
Our Saturday luncheon speaker, Marianne Bellesorte, will receive the 2017 AAUW-PA Gateway to Equity Award on behalf of  Pathways PA. This award recognizes a person(s) or organization that advocates on behalf of women and girls. Marianne, Vice President of Advocacy, will share the many ways that Pathways PA has positively impact the lives of others as they help teens, women, and families achieve economic independence and family well-being. View her presentation here.

National AAUW Update – Elizabeth Holden, AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Elizabeth Holden, AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager, will provide an update from AAUW National. She serves as the grassroots advocacy manager at AAUW, where she works with members across the country to advance AAUW’s public policy priorities at all levels of advocacy.

Workshop Sessions

Who’s Not at the Table? Recruitment Ideas for a More Diverse Branch with Randi Blauth, AAUW National Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

Did you know that AAUW National has a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force? Randi is a member, and will share information from the Task Force that will help Branches as they seek a more diverse membership. Is your Branch vibrant with a healthy age diversity? Learn how to sustain Branch interest that will appeal to a 50-year age span.

It’s All about the Bill

Barbara Price and Ann Pehle, AAUW-PA Public Policy Co-Chairs; Elizabeth Holden, AAUW National Grassroots Advocacy Manager, Beryl Kuhr, Chief Counsel to House Democratice Appropriations Committee and member Harrisburg Branch

Many of AAUW’s public policy priorities require legislation to achieve success.  Understanding how laws are created and your role in influencing legislation is the topic of this concurrent session.  We will:  explore the Pennsylvania legislative process—how bills become laws; provide clarity on the constitutional amendment process; discuss current Pennsylvania legislation supporting or opposing our public policy priorities; show how to track legislation as it moves through the process; and finally, tips and techniques of grassroots advocacy—from an expert, Elizabeth Holden, AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager. We are pleased Elizabeth is attending our convention and will participate in this session.

State Student Advisory Council Presentation:
Bridging the Gap: Inclusion, Diversity, and Intersectional Feminism on Campus

The members of the 2016-17 AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council, Suzanna Carnevali-Doan, University of Pittsburgh; Danita Scott, University of Pittsburgh; Allison Dushack, Robert Morris University; and Virginia Njenga, Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present this session. Moderator: Holle Canatella, AAUW-PA C/U Liaison and Lock Haven University.