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‘Women’s Power Panel: Breaking Barriers’ Being Hosted In Bucks County

Bucks County Community College is hosting “Women’s Power Panel: Breaking Barriers” on March 28.

Liz Ellis, Dr. Vail Garvin, Barbara Simmons, and Erica Waller-Hill.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Bucks County Community College will host a “Women’s Power Panel: Breaking Barriers” event this week.

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Newtown Township Campus’s Library Learning Studio and will be accessible online.

The event is free to the public.

The panel will be moderated by Erica Waller-Hill, an author, educator, and motivational speaker, known for her impactful work with over 45,000 students and various community entities through the Destined for a Dream Foundation and Speak Life LLC.

Waller-Hill, who is also on the verge of completing her doctorate at Gwynedd Mercy University, will guide the conversation among three pioneering women.

More on the panelists:

Elizabeth (Liz) Ellis – the first female instructional equipment specialist at Bucks County Community College’s Public Safety Training Center (PSTC), one of the first female career firefighters in Bucks County, and the second female fire chief at the Dow facility in Bristol Township. Ellis has also traveled throughout the U.S., Japan, and Korea as a public safety instructor. She is currently assistant director of certification and curriculum at the PSTC.

Dr. Vail Garvin – the first female CEO of a large hospital, former top executive at a large health-insurance company, and former leader of a 1,500-member chamber of commerce. For more than 20 years, Garvin was president and CEO of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and is currently senior advisor to the Bucks County Herald Foundation.

Barbara Simmons – mediator, facilitator, and educator, who served as Executive Director of Langhorne Borough-based The Peace Center for more than 30 years. Simmons created hundreds of programs to address conflict, violence, racism, and bigotry in more than 300 schools, businesses, and communities in the tri-state region.

The event will also have information tables from A Women’s Place and the Bucks County League of Women Voters.

For those unable to attend in person, the “Women’s Power Panel: Breaking Barriers” will be streamed live online. Interested participants can register for the Zoom session through the provided link:

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