Breakout Conversations Agenda


The Women's Conference 2009
Tuesday, October 27
10:30 - 11:30 AM


Health: How to Manage Your Health So Work & Stress Don’t Kill You

Host:  Leslie Margolin, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross California

Stress is unavoidable but it can be managed in a healthy way. Let Dr. Oz, co-author of the YOU book series, show you how to successfully manage stress and live a healthier life.


Once-in-a-Lifetime Conversation: Legend to Legend

Host:  Patricia Clarey, Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory and External Relations Officer, Health Net, Inc.

Moderator:  Katie Couric, Anchor & Managing Editor, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

No modern photographer has perfected the portrait like Annie Leibovitz. How many iconic images has she created over her nearly 40-year career? Share the journey of her life behind the camera with trailblazing news anchor Katie Couric.


Inspiration: Overcoming the Unimaginable

Host: Crystal Ashby, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs - Refining and Marketing - BP America, Inc.

Moderator: Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Good Morning America

Life can throw nasty curveballs. When it does, it’s a rare person who steps up to the plate and an even rarer one who advances. Meet a man born without limbs who lives a life without limits. A wife of a former minister transcends revelations of her husband’s sex addiction. A kidnap victim turned political activist and her mother. And a moderator who survives breast cancer and works to rebuild the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought to her hometown and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Changing the World Through the Web

Host:  Sheila Jordan, Vice President of Communication and Collaboration Information Technology, Cisco

Moderator:  Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital

Here in real time are people who are changing the world through the Internet. These innovators have created entirely new ways to communicate, connect, and even to lend money. Let them expand your creativity and find ways to join them pushing the edges of technology.


Beating the Odds: Profiles of Inspiration

Host:  Graciela Meibar, Vice President of Global Sales Training and Global Diversity, Mattel, Inc.

Moderator:  Linda Ellerbee, Television Producer, Journalist, and Best Selling Author

Here are two courageous persons who faced daunting challenges and succeeded. They’ll inspire you to do the same. Dara Torres, the only over-40 woman in history to swim in the Olympics, won three silver medals at the age of 41. Sully Sullenberger was the last person to leave US Airways Flight 1549 after he successfully landed it in the Hudson River and saved all 155 passengers aboard.


How to Start Your Own Business

Host: Nora Denzel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Employee Management Solutions Division, Intuit Inc.

Moderator:  Jean Chatzky, Today Show Financial Editor, and Author, The Difference

Starting a business can be a rocky road of pitfalls and frustrations, not the least being financing. Or it can be a smooth ride to success. Hear winning stories like California-based Lulu’s Desserts, one of the fastest growing Hispanic owned companies in the country and Sprinkles Cupcakes, the LA Times deems as the “progenitor of the haute cupcake craze”. Learn how to secure a solid bankroll and get tips from someone who not only started her own company to help entrepreneurs but also tracks the latest small business trends and innovations for national media.


The Women's Conference 2009
Tuesday, October 27
3 - 4 PM


The Female Body, The Female Brain: The Crucial Link That Could Save Your Life

Host: Alex Jung, Senior Vice President Walgreens Health Services

This best-selling author says it best herself: “True health is only possible when we understand the unity of our minds, emotions, spirits and physical bodies.” Dr. Northrup has spent nearly 30 years helping women trust the messages their bodies send and how to harness that knowledge to create healthier, happier lives.


Women Who Use Their Voices to Change the World

Host:  Cathy Foster, Corporate Government Affairs, Apple

Moderator:  Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media

Throughout time, women have been catalysts for change. These men and women are fighting human slavery, awakening the world to the stories of women’s extraordinary heroism and horror and harnessing international diplomacy to secure the release of a sister from a North Korean prison. This conversation will inspire you to use your voice too.


How to Manage Your Money in Uncertain Times

Host: Marla Vasquez, Senior Vice President, Regional President, San Fernando Valley Community Bank, Wells Fargo & Co.

There are smart ways to save, smart ways to spend and smart ways to succeed even in these turbulent times. Who better to spell them out and create a winning game plan for your financial future than the author of The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times?


Women in Power: What Happens When Women Run Things?

Host:  Larree Renda, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategist and Administrative Officer, Safeway Inc.

Moderator:  Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent for ABC News’ Good Morning America

Everywhere you look, women are taking charge. Does it matter when women run things? Share the stories of these successful women who are at the helm online, in print, in government and in academia.


Once-in-a-Lifetime Conversation: Pioneering Women Talk to Each Other

Host: Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, PG&E Corporation

Moderator:  Linda Ellerbee, Television Producer, Journalist and Best Selling Author

Jane Goodall is far more than just the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, just as Linda Ellerbee is far more than a brilliant, award-winning journalist. Together, the two of them could venture just about anywhere. Gombe and the Olduvai Gorge, habitat conservation, world affairs, micro-financing, motherhood are just a few possibilities.


How to Raise Strong Confident Children

Host: William Margaritis, Corporate Vice President of Global Communications and Investor Relations, FedEx Corporation

Moderator: Paula Zahn, Host & Executive Producer, Discovery ID, On The Case With Paula Zahn & Co-Host, WNET’s Sunday Arts

Meet two parents and their kids who turned out well. T.J. Patrick bought his daughet, Danica, a 1998 Ford Mustang when she was 15. She had a third place finish in this year's Indianapolis 500. Meghan McCain has stepped onto the national stage with a confident brand all her own. This blogger and author lives up to her mother's advice to "just be yourself."

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