California First Lady Maria Shriver announced this week that First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will join the line-up of newsmakers and world opinion leaders confirmed for The Women’s Conference 2010. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, the conference will run from Sunday, Oct. 24 through Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Obama, in her second appearance at the conference, will speak during the opening session of The Main Event on Tuesday in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,000 attendees. Her participation, along with the entire main stage and select breakout sessions, will be streamed live in their entirety at womensconference.org.
“I am honored to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama back to The Women’s Conference. Mrs. Obama and I not only share a commitment to service, women, military families, community health and many other issues, but also share the role of wife and mother, of which she is a stunning example,” said Shriver. “I’m so proud that The Women’s Conference has become a destination where extraordinary newsmakers like Mrs. Obama come together for authentic, honest and civilized conversations that you cannot find anywhere else. I look forward to hearing her speak and share how her life has changed since she first took to our stage in 2007.”
In 2007, Shriver gathered, for the first time in one place, five spouses of the 2008 Presidential candidates: Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain, Ann Romney, Jeri Kehn Thompson and future First Lady Michelle Obama. Shriver moderated a conversation about the rigors of the campaign trail but also the trials and tribulations of balancing motherhood, careers, relationships and personal identity that apply not only to political wives but to women at the Conference and across the country all seeking to be “Architects of Change.”
At this year’s conference, for the first time ever, a sitting governor will convene with the two opposing candidates in an unprecedented conversation. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown (Democrat) and Meg Whitman (Republican) will participate in a discussion moderated by TODAY Show anchor Matt Lauer titled “Who We Are, Where Are We Going?” This will be the first conversation between Schwarzenegger, Brown and Whitman to discuss the past, present and future of California and the nation.
Also joining Obama in the line-up of The Women’s Conference Main Event is former First Lady Laura Bush, Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, The Honorables Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Nicholas Kristof, Robert Redford, Erin Brockovich, Rosario Dawson, journalists Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Sarah McLachlan, poet Mary Oliver, Suze Orman, The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop and Primate The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Howard Schultz, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson, Brian Williams and more.
This year’s conference has been produced around the overarching theme of “It’s Time,” which is intended to inspire people from all walks of life to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves and our communities as “Architects of Change.”