The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce announced that Ashley Biden, executive director of Delaware Center for Justice, will serve as the keynote speaker for the chamber’s 28th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington.

The conference will provide a forum in which women in all levels of business can connect with resources, including educational and business opportunities, that inspire them to achieve success in professional and personal goals.

This year’s event will feature all new workshops, more than 100 exhibitors and networking with more than 500 expected attendees. The workshops will provide valuable knowledge and insight into topics and areas of interest for professional women at all levels of their careers.

The highlight of the conference is the awards luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and awards presentations. Biden advocates for those stuck in the criminal justice system and has been outspoken about the flaws of the justice system. She was a social worker for 15 years before joining the Center for Justice, recently at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.

The Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Patricia V. Rivera, owner of Hook PR. A brand storyteller and marketing consultant, Rivera helps Delaware organizations build their brands.

LaVerne T. Harmon, president of Wilmington University, will be honored with The Women’s Leadership Award. Harmon is the first African-American woman to be named the president of a college or university in Delaware.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Marilyn Monahan, of the Ministry of Caring. Monahan has served and improved her community for more than 40 years. She joined the Ministry of Caring’s board of directors in 2010, an organization that supports the poor and homeless men, women and children.

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