Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a live broadcast of the Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women on Tuesday, Oct. 23 on campus in UTC-127. CSULB participants will be able to view broadcasts of the three major sessions of the conference. Although admission is free, seating is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, the California Women’s Conference has become the largest event of its kind in the nation. With the theme, ”Remarkable Lives. Remarkable Legacies. What’s Yours?”, this year’s conference was designed to encourage women to look inside themselves, identify the legacies they want to leave and commit to creating them. Conference participants, including CSULB broadcast viewers, will be invited to take a 10-point pledge to start that process.
At CSULB, viewers will be able to observe the conference opening session from 8-10 a.m. Joining First Lady Shriver and Gov. Schwarzenegger in this session will be Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Helene Gayle, president and CEO, CARE USA; Deborah Norville, anchor, Inside Edition; Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics athlete; and others.
The conference luncheon session also will be broadcast to CSULB from 12:30-2:30 p.m. This session will include Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan; Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author; Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmental activist; Anne Sweeney, president, Disney-ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks; and others. Additionally, First Lady Shriver will moderate a conversation with presidential candidate spouses Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy Hensley McCain, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney and Jeri Thompson. A video honoring women who are living with breast cancer also will be shown.
Finally, CSULB’s broadcast will include the conference concluding session and presentation of the Minerva Awards from 4:45-6:45 p.m. Participants of the closing session will include Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer and president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; as well as the governor and first lady. Additional highlights of the conference finale are presentation of the Minerva Awards, which recognize leadership, service and community giving; and a performance by singer Joan Baez.
Broadcast of The Women’s Conference at CSULB was arranged with the cooperation of the City of Long Beach and the Governor’s Office. For a complete list of session speakers and their biographies, visit the conference Web site. Additional information, including the conference pledge and related reading list, is available on the Web site for the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.