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nology to extend its reach. The Women’s Con- ference announced today that The Main Event will span both coasts with the debut of Satellite Summit New York City in partnership with The White House Project. More than 400 peo- ple will be gathering together at New York University’s Eisner & Lubin Auditorium to watch a live simulcast of the conference and engage in a multi-generational conversation spanning both coasts on the topic of women’s leadership. For those unable to attend The Main Event in person, The Women’s Confer- ence invited organizations around the country that share its mission to freely access the live satellite feed or live Webcast of The Main Event to create their own “Satellite Summits” – self-organized free viewing events that will educate and inspire their own local community members. Conference organizers estimate that hundreds of thousands of women will be at- tending The Women’s Conference 2010 via live Webcast and at Satellite Summits across the country. The Women’s Conference 2010 was kicked


off with Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheim- er’s on Sunday, October 24 at the Rainbow Lagoon in Downtown Long Beach and along the waterfront. More than 3,000 marchers raised nearly $300,000 to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading vol- untary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Joining Maria Shriver to help raise funds for and awareness of Alzheim- er’s disease were march celebrity co-chairs Leeza Gibbons, Soleil Moon Frye, Peter Gal- lagher, Natalie Maines, Jake Steinfeld, and others. “Glee’s” Jane Lynch also made a spe- cial appearance on stage with Jane Fonda as they both warmed up the crowd with stretch- ing exercises. Country music singer Brett El- dredge performed his song, “Raymond,” which was inspired by his own personal experience with his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s. Amber Riley from FOX’s hit show “Glee” performed live during the candlelight vigil. The first day of The Women’s Conference


2010 culminated with the sold-out A Night at the Theater event on Sunday evening, October 24. Hosted by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, A Night at the Theater featured a star-studded live performance of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” the intimate collection of stories writ- ten by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. This special conference production featured acclaimed ac- tresses Rita Wilson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Caro- line Aaron, Natasha Lyone and Carol Kane. A portion of the proceeds from A Night at the Theater benefited the California Arts Council’s Minerva Arts Project and Million Plates Cam- paign. The second day of the conference began


with the sold-out A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation on Monday, October 25. Due to popular demand, the second-annual event was doubled in size to more than 3,200 attend- ees. Hosted by Maria Shriver and organized


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Sally Field on stage at A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation at The Women’s Conference 2010 (Photo Credit: Gold/Wong Photography)


around the theme of “It’s Time...To Take Ac- tion,” the event featured more than 25 world- class issue experts leading interactive sessions packed with practical tips, tools and takeaways for how attendees can transform themselves personally and professionally and become Ar- chitects of Change in their lives. Session topics included “how-to’s” such as Take Action in Your Own Life, Lead Like A Woman, Negoti- ate Effectively at Work and Home, Leverage the Web to Get Ahead, Tips for a Successful Love Life, and Find Your Frank and Fearless Voice, among others. Speakers for the event included Martha Beck, Deepak Chopra, Gi- selle Fernandez, Sally Field, Tory Johnson, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Lesser, Tony Robbins, Dr. Marie Savard, Author Gail Sheehy, and Dr. Robert Epstein, among others. The conference’s second day was capped


off with the third-annual Night at The Village, which transformed the Long Beach Conven- tion Center’s exhibit hall into an over 160,000 square foot women’s village for more than 10,000 attendees. Hosted by Maria Shriver and organized around the theme of “It’s Time...To Experience the Best,” the event featured: stage conversations with prominent speakers, nota- ble personalities and women entrepreneurs such as Paula Deen, Jessica Simpson, Jane Fonda, Donna Karan, Giada De Laurentiis, Ali Wentworth and “The Cake Boss” Buddy Va- lastro; stage interviews and book signings with more than 20 bestselling authors such as Mar- tha Beck, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Kennedy, Meghan McCain, Kim Barnouin, Cat Cora, “The Biggest Loser’s” Bob Harper, The Hap- piness Project Author Gretchen Rubin, Holly


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Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete and Kather- ine Schwarzenegger; a make-over style ses- sion hosted by Jeannie Mai; a fashion show session hosted by Lloyd Boston; cooking exhi- bitions; live entertainment and interactive shopping experiences with women-focused products, services and information from more than 330 exhibitors. The Women’s Conference 2010 is sup-


ported by generous sponsors that share its mission of empowering, inspiring and educat- ing women. Many of our sponsors have been with us for all seven years under Shriver’s leadership, including Safeway, who returns as a Conference Presenting Sponsor and Target, who returns as The Minerva Awards Present- ing Sponsor. Lean Cuisine returns as Night at The Village Presenting Sponsor, and the Shin- nyo-en Foundation returns to present A Day of Health, Wellness and Transformation. SKECHERS joined the conference this year as a Presenting Sponsor of Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s. New sponsor Kodak will join the Conference this year as a Pre- senting Sponsor. Commonly referred to as “the conference


with a conscience,” the annual event is pro- duced by a non-profit, non-partisan organiza- tion – the California Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women – that has formed stra- tegic partnerships with organizations to devel- op far-reaching WE Programs that seek to di- rectly empower women all year round. Proceeds from all conference events, as well as from its Shop With a Purpose (SWAP) Confer- ence Store, directly support the organization’s WE Programs. Prior to the conference event, the Califor-


nia Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women presented The Modern House Call for Women, a groundbreaking three-day event that provided more than 3,200 free medical, dental, financial and educational services to nearly 2,400 people in the Long Beach area. The Modern House Call For Women took place from Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24 at The Walter Pyramid at California State Uni- versity at Long Beach. The Modern House Call for Women was a partnership with health clinics, medical groups and community-based organizations, including the Harbor Dental So- ciety, CA Department of Health and Human Services, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, Amrit Davaa World Health Corp, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, CareNow, Inc., among many others. All health care and financial services offered at the event – including supplies and equipment – were do- nated by generous professionals and organiza- tions throughout California. Some of the free services included vision, dental, mammo- grams, bone density, immunizations, PAP smears and more. For more information, visit: http://themodernhousecall.com. For more information about The Women’s Conference, visit: http://www.womensconfer- ence.org.


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