The Women’s Conference – What an Amazing Day
This October, for the fourth year in a row, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Conference in California hosted by the First Lady, Maria Shriver.
Over 14,000 women were in attendance in Long Beach with over one million others viewing the events of the day via satellite or on a webcast. I felt so lucky to be empowered once again by these dynamic speakers.
The morning started out with Marilyn McCoo from the Fifth Dimension singing the Star Spangled Banner, and the day ended with Bonnie Raitt singing Let’s Give them Something to Talk About and other songs.
In between, we were treated to seeing and hearing from Jennifer Lopez who asked us to think about what our legacy will be. Deborah Norville asked us to open our hearts. Warren Buffett seemed calm on a day with another stock market significant loss and told us to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy when others are fearful.
Condoleeza Rice talked about her ambitious career and told us to do what we love. We did a group zen meditation with Jack Kornfield. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour was introduced as the greatest international journalist of our time and shared her thoughts that being a female news correspondent was like being a man, only better. I sat in the session with former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and with tennis pro Billy Jean King who told us the use of a wife’s role is to take over a husband’s job.
We heard from Gloria Steinem, and was inspired by Maria Shriver thoughout the day, who although she claims she doesn’t like her current title, she loves her job. She inspired the group by telling us that it can take a long time to become the person you want to be. She added that if you stay in fear mode, it assures that you won’t move forward with your life.
The added bonus of the day was the Wellness Center located in The Village. I stopped by for a free flu shot, glucose and cholesterol test, passed the bone density test with flying colors, and found out that I had 20/30 vision.
At the end of the day, I was enriched, healthy, and happy. It is inspirational people like those I heard speak at the Women’s Conference that make me realize how happy I am to be a woman and to be living in this great State of California.