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Central California Women’s Conference

Next Show Dates: September 13, 2011

The CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE was founded in 1988 by State Senator Ken Maddy of Fresno. The conference is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-political organization designed to educate, motivate and inspire women to be the best they can be in their professional and personal lives. (Tax I.D. #77-0178140).

The Conference is a forum for women of all generations and backgrounds to share practical ideas on how to succeed in their careers while juggling increasingly complex and diverse life demands. The conference provides an exciting and fun atmosphere, where women come together to network. There are three general session keynote speakers and several professional breakout speakers providing seminars on a full range of issues affecting all women ñ in the workplace, at home and in the community. Information on the benefits of products and services of interest to women is also provided at the ìMarketplaceî ñ a trade show with over 160 exhibit booths.

Previous keynote speakers have included former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards; former first lady of Egypt, Jehan Sadat; surgeon and medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman; news anchor and journalist, Paula Zahn; ABC news correspondent, Lynn Sherr; best selling author and lecturer, Deepak Chopra; financial expert and author, Suze Orman; actress & singer, Vicki Lawrence; Rita Moreno; Olympic Gold Medallist, Wilma Rudolph; 20th Century Fox President, Sherry Lansing; actress & entertainer, Debbie Reynolds; author, Gail Sheehy; actress and breast cancer survivor, Marcia Wallace and Olympic Gold Medallist Peggy Fleming. In 2001, Cokie Roberts was booked, but because of September 11 th, she was not able to travel and was replaced by international news correspondent & journalist, Bettina Gregory. In the past three years keynote speakers have been Erin Brockovich, Star Jones, and Joan Lunden. We are very excited to announce the 2006 luncheon keynote speaker – Nancy Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

To date, over 50,000 women have attended the annual conference in Fresno, and hundreds of thousands of dollar have bee donated to nonprofit 501(c)(3) charities that are solely for the support of women and children. These charities provide resources to women in the Central California area such as emergency and homeless shelters, domestic violence and sexual assault, treatment and prevention, parenting classes and family counseling.

Central California Women’s Comference – Web Site (Opens in a new Window)

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center – Web Site (Opens in a new Window)


700 “M” Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559.445.8200


Fresno Convention Center Location – Site Map (Opens in a new Window)

From Southbound 99 Fwy
Take the Ventura/Kings Canyon exit, east approx. 7/10 mi., turn left onto “O” St. to the parking lot entrance.

From Northbound 99 Fwy
Merge onto Fwy 41 north, use Van Ness exit (Civic Center), turn left onto Van Ness Ave., then right onto Ventura St., turn left onto “O” St. to the parking lot entrance.

From Southbound 41 Fwy
Take the “O” St. exit, turn right onto “O” St. and continue north to the parking lot entrance.

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