Wednesday, June 23

maria shriver, oprah, jessica simpson & more joining forces

My homegirl J-Simps has been invited to participate in the "2010 Women's Conference" in California this Fall. I'm not sure as the the extent of her appearance - whether or not she will be speaking, yada yada - however, I do love the difference she is trying to make in the lives of women, through empowerment and true beauty. I think it's wonderful that she's attending.

It takes quite the woman to get these heavy hitters mobilized for a cause! Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Jessica Simpson, Deepak Chopra and Laura Ling are among the newsmakers and Hollywood names slated to headline at the Women's Conference 2010 hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

With a mission of "empowering, inspiring and educating women", the annual conference expands to three days this year, Shriver will announce Thursday. It kicks off in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday, October 24, with a March on Alzheimer's to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease.

From what I've heard so far, this is something that I would love to attend. Just SO many inspirational and enlightening speakers. And to think my girl is going to be up there with DEEPAK! Also speaking are Kim Barnouin (Skinny Bitch), Erin Brockovich, Cat Cora, Giada DeLaurentiis, my mother-effing LADY Sally Field, Donna Karan (DKNY), Jillian Michaels, Suze Orman (and her jackets), Howard Shultz, Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) and my girl Jess!! Anyone want to donate a round-tripper and a few nights accom to the "Vanessa Eve B.A. Charity for Poor SMF Students?" Either way... I'm going! More after the jump =)

Among the program highlights will be Diane Sawyer's conversation between The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a "kitchen table conversation" between Matt Lauer and Schwarzenegger where the Governor will reflect on his seven years in office and discuss what's next. Others in the lineup include Mary J. Blige, Erin Brockovich, Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Jillian Michaels.

"With this year's theme of 'It's Time,' we are hoping The Women's Conference inspires women to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves, our communities and our world as Architects of Change," says Shriver, adding that the kick-off Alzheimer's march is important because, "I believe it's time to pick up the pace and start marching to defeat this devastating disease."

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