Helen Hunt featured speaker at women's conference

July 2, 2013 

A day of fun, growth, knowledge and "passion" is planned for women across the Valley at the 26th Annual Central California Women's Conference 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 has acted 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 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 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," Casares said. "Puerto Rican native Maria Marin will grace our stage. Marin is an international motivational speaker, national newspaper columnist, author, and radio host who is known worldwide for her expertise in the 'Art of Negotiation.'

To date, $550,000 from the event has been donated to the Valley community to support women's and children's community benefit organizations.

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."

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.

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. Tickets are now on sale at 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.

Sponsorships and exhibit booths are still available. For sponsorship information contact Jan Edwards, jan@ccwcfresno.org. For exhibit booth information contact Mary Stabelfeld, mary@ccwc-fresno.org. Details: CCWC-Fresno.org.

— Central California Women's Conference

"Our breakout session line-up is amazingly strong. 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."

— Jan Edwards, director of marketing and development for CCWC

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