The Women's Conference: Who We Are & What We Do

To learn more about The Women’s Conference 2010, please visit our special Welcome to The Women’s Conference 2010 page – a one-stop shop for everything you’ll need to know about this year’s events, speakers and ticket sales. Online registration is on June 23 at 9am PDT.

What is The Women's Conference event?

The Women’s Conference® community is a global network of women who gather every year at the nation’s premier forum for women, hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. More than 140 internationally-acclaimed leaders, visionaries, authors, journalists and artists come together with 30,000 women from all walks of life to be educated, inspired and empowered. The mission of The Women’s Conference is to create Architects of Change – people who see a problem and seek to create the solution, be it in their homes, their communities, their states or the world.

The Women’s Conference is the destination for the world’s greatest voices, hearts and minds. Under First Lady Maria Shriver’s leadership, past speakers have included former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bono, Sir Richard Branson, Katie Couric, Warren Buffet, Elizabeth Edwards, Thomas Friedman, Diane von Furstenberg, Dr. Jane Goodall, Caroline Kennedy, Alicia Keys, Heidi Klum, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Annie Leibovitz, Jennifer Lopez, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Indra Nooyi, Michelle Obama, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Sandra Day O’Connor, Her Majesty Queen Rania, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Muhammad Yunus. The Women’s Conference has become a “must attend” transformational event and full day passes sell out in record-breaking time each year. To watch highlights of the 2009 conference, click here.

Beyond the annual event, – The Home for Architects of Change – has become a thriving online community of more than one million women who visit the site to be empowered with daily editorial and video content, life-changing tips and tools and to watch the conference webcast.


When and where does The Women’s Conference 2010 take place?

The Women’s Conference 2010 has expanded to three days on October 24, 25 and 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, please visit Welcome to The Women’s Conference 2010.


How can I attend The Women's Conference?

Online ticket registration will take place on June 23 starting at 9AM PDT. For more ticket information, please visit Welcome to The Women’s Conference 2010.


Can I volunteer at The Women's Conference?

At this time, all shifts for all volunteer opportunities have been filled. If you would like to be placed on the 2010 Volunteer Waiting List, please send your name, email address, and a brief note to You will hear back from the Volunteer Team only if a volunteer position becomes available.


How does The Women's Conference give back to the community?

The Women’s Conference is A Conference with a Conscience. Under the leadership of Maria Shriver and the guidance of our Board of Directors, The Women’s Conference has formed strategic partnerships with established organizations to develop six far-reaching women’s empowerment programs – WE Educate, WE Invest, WE Connect, WE Act, WE Inspire and WE Honor. Through these programs, The Women’s Conference community works together 24/7 on the frontlines of humanity to finance dreams and invest in entrepreneurs, lift people out of poverty, help end the cycle of violence, send young women to college, build community centers, playgrounds and gardens, honor courage, wisdom and strength, and inspire people by the remarkable history of their state. Proceeds from The Women’s Conference Main Event, Night at The Village, A Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation and the Conference’s Store directly support the conference’s WE programs.


When was The Women’s Conference founded?

The Women's Conference event was originally established in 1985 by Governor George Deukmejian as The California Governor & First Lady's Conference on Women, a nonpartisan forum for women small business owners. At that time, women-owned businesses were failing at a high rate and the conference was created to provide support to this growing sector of the economy and help women access funding and resources. The conference has grown into an international network of women from all walks of life, backgrounds and perspectives, and a life-changing experience for the thousands of women who have attended. The Women’s Conference is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization.