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United States Laura Bush during the luncheon session of the main stage; „ Matt Lauer will moderate a main stage conversation titled Who We Are, Where We Are Going with Governor Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger and California gubernatorial Candidates Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R). This will be the first and only conversation between Schwarzenegger, Brown and Whitman to dis- cuss the past, present and future of California and the nation; „ Gayle King will moderate a conversation


on Building Self Esteem and Leadership in Young Women with Jessica Simpson, Lisa Leslie, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Global Ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Fund Jess Weiner during an afternoon breakout ses- sion;


Maria Shriver and Michelle Obama at The Women’s Conference 2010 (Photo Credit: Gold/Wong Photography)


„ At the end of the day, The Women’s Con- ference will continue its tradition of honoring “Remarkable Women, Remarkable Legacies” during The Grand Finale featuring the always inspirational and moving presentation of The Minerva Awards. Held during the afternoon main stage session, the special ceremony will be hosted by Maria Shriver and will feature remarks by Mary J. Blige and by the five 2010 Minerva Award honorees: Oprah Winfrey, The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Oral Lee Brown, Sister Terry Dodge and Carolyn Blashek. The Grand Finale will end with a spe- cial musical performance by Sarah McLachlan. First Lady Maria Shriver also announced


that The Women’s Conference’s WE Invest program surpassed $1 million dollars in mi- croloans to women entrepreneurs in the United States. In June 2009, The Women’s Confer- ence expanded its WE Invest program nation- ally in partnership with The Opportunity Fund, ACCION USA and Kiva. Together, they launched the first-ever online peer-to-peer mi- crolending program in the U.S. Since the launch, the partnership has resulted in funding more than 179 entrepreneurs in 17 states who have received nearly 31,000 microloans total- ing more than $1 million. “And to think it all started a little over a


Candlelight vigil - Maria’s March on Alzheimer’s (Photo Credit: Gold/Wong Photography)


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Katherine Schwarzenegger signs her book, Rock What You’ve Got, at Night at The Village (Photo Credit: Gold/Wong Photography)


CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF DIVERSITY


year ago when we knocked on Kiva’s door and asked them why their successful peer-to-peer online model couldn’t be applied to women entrepreneurs here in this country,” said First Lady Shriver. “It’s vitally important that we invest in entrepreneurs right now. Entrepre- neurs and small businesses create the majority of the new jobs in this country. As First Lady, I meet so many people who have dreams of starting their own business but have trouble securing small business loans. I’m a big be- liever in the power of partnerships, and I knew this program could make a difference in peo- ple’s lives.” In July, The Main Event sold out in the re- cord-breaking time of 15 minutes. In order to meet the demand and make this forum more accessible to women all over the country, con- ference organizers have been leveraging tech-


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