Helen Hunt to Headline Women’s Conference

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FRESNO – A day of fun, growth, knowledge and “passion” is planned for women across the Valley at the 26th Annual Central California Women’s Conference. CCWC is the largest women’s event in the Valley and will be from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.

The theme of this year’s event is Live Your Passion and encourages attendees to explore, plan and then live their best lives with passion.

Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, Helen Hunt, is this year’s keynote speaker. She joins 32 other national and local speakers who will discuss important topics for women at the daylong event. Hunt is a beloved actress on television, stage and screen – with starring roles in such acclaimed films as “As Good as it Gets (for which she won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and the Oscar). For her starring role as Jamie Buchman in “Mad About You,” Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Hunt’s keynote speech “Live The Journey of Life With Passion,” will explore her belief that it is her duty as an artist and a woman to choose her roles carefully, only selecting those that portray women in a positive light and in leadership positions. She will share why her most important role is as a strong, independent woman and mother . . . whether on or off screen.

Conference Board president, Nené Casares, says women throughout the Central Valley will be elated with the diversity and variety of topics covered by this year’s speakers.

“We are especially thrilled that in addition to bringing the fabulous Helen Hunt, we have our first ever Latina Warm-up speaker. Puerto Rican native Maria Marin will grace our stage,” noted Casares.

Marin is an international motivational speaker, national newspaper columnist, author, and radio host. “Maria is known worldwide for her expertise in the ‘Art of Negotiation,’ and her wealth of knowledge in this area has allowed her to become one of the few Latinas who teaches negotiation all around the world,” added Casares.

Women of all ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds attend the annual event. In keeping with the conference mission of empowerment, to date, $550,000 has been donated to the Valley community to support women’s and children’s community benefit organizations.

The morning Warm-Up Session kicks off the conference by honoring 20 under-served youth who will receive the Wells Fargo/Encourage Tomorrow College and Career Preparation Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, promise and the students’ commitment to create positive change. Marin will then take the stage as the 26th annual event begins.

Attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 27 options. Topics include business and entrepreneurship, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.

“Our breakout session line-up is amazingly strong,” said Jan Edwards, director of marketing and development for CCWC. “We work all year to identify the best local, regional and national talent who can educate, empower and enlighten our attendees in an entertaining way.”

The keynote luncheon will be held in the new Exhibit Hall with Helen Hunt speaking.

Attendees also have the opportunity to visit the conference Marketplace and Community Corner where more than 175 businesses and non-profits share information about their products and services. Visitors will be treated to samples, gourmet tastings, information and shopping.

The day winds down with the Cool-Down Session where women enter to win prizes, kick off their shoes and relax. This year’s Cool-Down speaker, Jan McInnis, is billed as America’s “Work lady” comedienne and professional speaker. McInnis spent 14 years climbing the corporate ladder, and she says she has the comedy to prove it. McInnis will talk about everything from “control-freak” bosses to her assistant “calling in fat” and teambuilding exercises gone awry. Jan says she’s lived it all and is ready to share “her take” on corporate America with CCWC.

This year’s event is expected to be another early sellout. A $95 ticket includes continental breakfast, all seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Tickets are limited to the first 3,500 attendees. Early registration is encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at  www.CCWC-Fresno.org.

The conference is made possible through the support of national and Central Valley businesses. The presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo. Founding sponsors are The Fresno Bee and ABC 30. Major sponsors include Community Medical Centers, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fresno, Macy’s, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Granville Homes, Bank of the West, Children’s Hospital Central California, City Press, Chick-fil-A, Peak Broadcasting, and Univision Radio.

Sponsorships and exhibit booths are still available. For sponsorship information contact Jan Edwards jan@ccwc-fresno.org; for exhibit booth information contact Mary Stabelfeld at mary@ccwc-fresno.org.

More information about the conference and speakers is available at www.CCWC-Fresno.org.



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