The Philadelphia Fire Department’s 4th annual Women’s Day Conference is a FREE educational and networking opportunity focused on professional development and peer mentoring.

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, please join us for this extraordinary chance to learn, grow and make connections! This two-day event takes place March 6-7 at the American Red Cross, 700 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia. It will feature dynamic presentations, panel discussions and hands-on emergency preparedness workshops that will offer insight on career paths, personal wellness, community building, and challenges faced by women in the workplace.

Friday, March 6

Today is focused on careers in public safety and public service. Speak with female police officers from the SWAT and K-9 divisions; get up close with a fire engine and ambulance and ask questions of female firefighters and paramedics. Visit resource tables, voter registration booth and recruiters from agencies including Fire, Police, TSA, SEPTA Police, Jefferson Hospital and many others. Everyone is welcome, but young women looking at career options are especially encouraged to attend!

Emcee: Marilyn Russell of WOGL radio (98.1 FM)

8 a.m. Registration, check-in, meet-and-greet (light refreshments provided)

9 a.m. Opening remarks: Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Councilmember Helen Gym

9:30 a.m. Keynote: FEMA Region 3 Administrator MaryAnn Tierney

10 a.m. Break/Networking/Recruiting

10:15 a.m. Lauren Footman: “Your Network is Your Net Worth”

10:45 a.m. Scott Charles, Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Temple University Hospital

11:15 a.m. Network of Neighbors: Responding to Community Trauma

12:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. Breakout sessions:

  • ReSet (yoga session)
  • Philadelphia Fire Department: Hands-only CPR/bleeding control workshop
  • Association of Women In Forensic Science
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • Philadelphia Office on Domestic Violence Strategies

1:45 p.m. Break/Networking/Recruiting

2 p.m. Breakout sessions (same as above)

2:45 p.m. Break/Networking/Recruiting

3 p.m. Office of Emergency Management Workshop: Operation High Water. In this interactive exercise, participants learn how decisions are made and resources are deployed during disasters.

4:30 p.m. Closing remarks

Saturday, March 7

Today’s agenda focuses on the challenges facing professional women and the importance of self-care, support and empowerment.

8 a.m. Registration, check-in, meet-and-greet (light refreshments provided)

9 a.m. Opening remarks: Deputy Police Commissioner Robin Wimberly, Fire Department Chief of Staff Tara Mohr.

9:30 a.m. Keynote: Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw

10 a.m. Break/Networking

10:15 a.m. Panel discussion featuring:

  • MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Administrator
  • Chief Toni Washington, Decatur (Georgia) Fire Department
  • Commissioner Blanche Carney, Philadelphia Department of Prisons
  • Deputy Director Evan Thornburg, Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
  • Noelle Foizen, Executive Director, Opioid Response Unit
  • Rochelle Bilal, Philadelphia Sheriff
  • Captain Lisa Forrest, Philadelphia Fire Department

11:30 a.m. Break/Networking

12 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. Breakout sessions:

  • Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy: Building Collapse Response
  • Assistant Fire Chief Richard Davison: Conflict Resolution
  • Sergeant Sylvia Young, Philadelphia Police: Active Shooter Response
  • Georgette Littlejohn: Mental First Aid for Female First Responders
  • Sara Smith, NBC Philadelphia: Social Media Branding

1:45 p.m. Break/Networking

2 p.m. Breakout sessions:

  • Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • American Cancer Society
  • Sergeant Sylvia Young, Philadelphia Police: Active Shooter Response
  • Georgette Littlejohn: Mental First Aid for Female First Responders
  • Sara Smith, NBC Philadelphia: Social Media Branding

2:45 p.m. Closing remarks

The Women’s Day Conference is proudly presented by the Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation and American Red Cross. Please note the agenda and list of speakers is subject to change.