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Time again for the amazing Women's Conference! Maria Shriver & Governor Arnold hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly

This has to be my absolute FAVORITE event of any that I attend all year long. I walk away exhausted, yet inspired, encouraged, supported and overjoyed to have participated. It's thrilling to be surrounded by such amazing successful men and women who are making a difference in the world today.

Here's their press release which I'm copying and pasting here to allow you to see what I'm talking about. Bono! Live! Warren Buffet! Live! Condoleezza Rice! Live! Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright! Live! and so many more.

Read on and see.

I might not agree with all their philosophies, but that's what makes this conference so interesting. I love to hear other's viewpoints to allow me to stretch my own. Otherwise, it would be rather boring wouldn't it?

Now without further ado, enjoy the read.


Maria Shriver to Be Joined by Condoleezza Rice, Bono, Warren Buffet,Jennifer Lopez and 14,000 Women for The Women’s Conference 2008

WHAT: Hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
The Women’s Conference is the nation’s premier forum for women. Its mission is to inspire, empower and educate women from all walks of life to be Architects of Change in their own lives,in their communities and around the world. Every year, the non-partisan Women’s Conference gathers the world’s greatest hearts and minds to address the topics and concerns that matter to women. For more details, visit:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 6:30 a.m. – Press Check-in and Credential Pick-up Begins

WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center: 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802 Media parking in Shoreline Drive Parking Lot (Shoreline & Linden)

WHO: A roster of more than 70 world opinion leaders. Participant and program highlights:

· MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moderates a main-stage conversation on leadership and the
economy between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffet.

· Maria Shriver presents the 2008 Minerva Awards to Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King,Betty Chinn, Louise Hay, and Ivelise Markovits during an afternoon ceremony featuring remarks by Bono and a special musical performance by Bonnie Raitt.

· CNN’s Campbell Brown moderates a main-stage conversation on leadership, legacy and life with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

· Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville moderates a conversation on men who use their voices to change the world between Michael J. Fox and philanthropist/hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons.

· CNN’s Christiane Amanpour moderates a conversation on changing the world with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, The Experience Corp CEO Cecilia Maria Attias, Human Rights Advocate Cherie Blair, and Executive Director of Secretariat of Liberia Cerue Konah Garlo.

· NPR’s Farai Chideya moderates a conversation on being a woman warrior with Gloria Steinem and Children’s Defense Fund Founder and CEO Marian Wright Edelman.

NOTES: Pool feed available for all main stage presentations. Footage is restricted to news programming only; no more than 120 seconds of footage may be broadcast.

The Women’s Conference 2008
Fact Sheet

· The mission of The Women’s Conference is to inspire, empower and educate women from all walks of life to be Architects of Change in their own lives, in their communities and around the world.

· The Women’s Conference event is the nation’s premier forum for women where the world’s greatest hearts and minds gather every year to unite thousands of diverse women – 14,000 in person and many more online – with a shared conversation and a collective sense of purpose.

· The Women’s Conference covers the timely topics that matter to women today and the key concerns that matter to them every day – family and parenting, religion and spirituality,service and activism, business and entrepreneurship, money and finance, news and politics, environment and conservation, health and fitness, and style and beauty.

· The theme of The Women’s Conference 2008 – Be Who You Are. Feel it. Live it. Pass it On. – is a call to action that is meant to encourage all women to discover their unique and authentic purpose, passion and power to transform themselves and the world around them.

o This call to action will be delivered by a world-class roster of more than 70 newsmakers, visionaries and opinion leaders who will engage in "once-in-a-lifetime conversations" that will remind us that we are not alone in our quest to lead an authentic life and that the power to be an Architect of Change lies within each one of us.

o This year’s line-up of speakers and participants will be led by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Bono, Warren Buffet, Sister Joan Chittister, Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Matthews, Indra Nooyi and Gloria Steinem.

· Full-day passes to The Women’s Conference 2008 sold out in a historic, record-breaking time of three hours – beating last year’s record of three days.

· In response to this surging demand, The Women's Conference has taken a number of steps to make the conference more accessible to all women in California and around the world:

o Night at The Village – This year, The Women’s Conference is offering a new "opening night" event called Night at The Village that will provide 10,000 women with nourishment and empowerment for the body, mind and soul.

· Night at The Village will transform the Long Beach Convention Center’s exhibit hall into over 160,000 square feet of interactive experiences, connecting women with information, shopping, food and fun.

· The first-annual event will feature a conversation with Rachael Ray, book signings with prominent authors including Maria Shriver, Billie Jean King, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, renowned experts with advice on beauty, cooking, fitness and fashion, exciting shopping boutiques, useful green lifestyle products and information, and much more.

· Tickets for Night at The Village are still available for purchase at;

o Tickets are $20 per person purchased in advance and $25 per person at the door.

o Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out.

o Afternoon Session Tickets – Again this year, we will be reconfiguring the main arena’s floor seating in the afternoon, which will allow us to expand seating capacity and offer a separately-ticketed Afternoon Session featuring the 5th Annual Minerva Awards presentation hosted by Maria Shriver, remarks by Bono, and a special musical performance by Grammy Award Winner Bonnie Raitt.

· $40 tickets are still available at; however, tickets for the Afternoon Session are limited and are expected to sell out.

o – Significant portions of The Women’s Conference 2008 will be broadcast live all-day at and Maria Shriver has set the ambitious goal of amassing an online audience of One Million Women on the Web to watch the live webcast.

· The Women’s Conference’s brand-new website allows the conference to reach out beyond the walls of the convention center and touch women with its message of empowerment all over the world.

· At, women can be virtual conference participants via the Live Webcast, as well as WE Empower online community members anywhere, anytime.

o Additionally, The Women’s Conference is making use of available broadcast technology and media partnerships to reach beyond the walls of the convention center and empower women everywhere. In addition to the Live Webcast at, The Women’s Conference will be available through: · Cable television broadcasts on the California Channel and satellite television broadcasts to all participating California community colleges and universities, national women’s colleges, national women’s museums, national association of women businesses, military mobilization stations and corporate partners;

· Web broadcasts on and;

· SIRIUS and XM satellite radio broadcasts; and

· Audio and video podcasts of conference highlights online at shortly after the conference.

Hope you'll consider coming out!


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