Maria Shriver Hosts Women’s Conference 2009

As anticipated, the 2009 Women’s Conference currently taking place in Long Beach, California is turning out to be a quite a star-studded and inspiring sold-out event. With the intentions to invigorate, empower, and educate women, the theme “Architects of Change” challenges women to take control of their own destinies, while supporting others to do the same.

As the largest and undisputedly most dynamic gathering of powerful women in the nation, the Women’s Conference, hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, brings together women from all walks of life, with varying backgrounds and perspectives for a life-altering experience. This year, expanded to two full days of inspiring speakers, sessions, and events, the Women’s Conference held a new A Day of Transformation session and Night at The Village on October 26, followed by an additional day of speakers and self-empowering transformation and success stories.

With tickets to the event selling out within two hours, this year Shriver and Gov. Schwarzenegger are joined by influential individuals, internationally-acclaimed leaders, visionaries, and authors such as, Sir Richard Branson, Katie Couric, Elizabeth Edwards, Dr. Jane Goodall, David Gregory, Valerie B. Jarrett, Caroline Kennedy, Alicia Keys, Annie Leibovitz, and 14,000 women in one arena, plus many more via the web.

As an award-winning journalist herself, Shriver approaches the conference as “a place for once-in-a-lifetime conversations and news-making moments that combine the world’s most authentic and influential voices in discussions about the issues that matter most to women.”

Some highlights from the event’s main stage conversations include Robin Roberts moderating a conversation on Leadership Decisions in Tough Times with Gov. Schwarzenegger, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila C. Bair, and Sir Branson; David Gregory moderating a conversation on How a Woman’s Nation Changes Everything with former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Amy Holmes, Valerie B. Jarrett, and Claire Shipman; Shriver moderating a main stage conversation on Grief, Healing and Resilience with Elizabeth Edwards, Susan Saint James, and Lisa Niemi; Katie Couric moderating a conversation with Leibovitz; and Robin Roberts moderating a second conversation on Overcoming the Unimaginable with Gayle Haggard, Elizabeth and Lois Smart and Wife Without Limbs President and Founder Nick Vujicic.

Shriver comments, “We encourage women to pass on the wisdom, life-lessons, and practical tools they have learned [at the conference] to empower other women to see themselves capable of making a difference in the world.”

The Women’s Conference
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Via: Women’s Conference