The Womens Conference 201

What was The Women’s Conference 2010?

Hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Women’s Conference® 2010 was the nation’s premier forum for women, empowering women to be Architects of Change ® in their own lives, their communities and the world. More than 150 extraordinary speakers came together with 30,000 women to be educated, inspired and empowered. The Women’s Conference was also a global online community, where more than one million women gathered to learn how to truly change the world.

When and where was The Women’s Conference 2010?

For the first time, The Women’s Conference expanded to three days — October 24, 25 and 26at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.  

What were The Women’s Conference 2010 events?

In 2010, the overarching Conference theme was It’s Time… — a call to action to inspire women to see a challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves, our communities and our world. Learn more about each of our six 2010 events:

Maria Shriver and thousands of families, friends, community members and Conference attendees joined together on Sunday afternoon for a 5K march and candlelight vigil to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
This brand new event featured a star-studded performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. 
Twenty top experts led interactive sessions on how to transform yourself personally and professionally; the day was hosted by Maria Shriver. 
10,000 women visited The Village for an incredible evening of inspiring speakers, top chefs, best-selling authors, a fashion show, the best shopping and live entertainment. 

More than 70 of the world’s most influential and authentic voices — leaders, experts, authors, artists and journalists –- informed and inspired 14,000 attendees on the issues that matter most to women. 
Hosted by Maria Shriver with remarks by Mary J. Blige, The Grand Finale was an evening to celebrate and honor our five extraordinary 2010 Minerva Award winners. The event culminated with a special musical performance by Sarah McLachlan. 
Who spoke at The Women’s Conference?

Visit our special Meet the Speakers page to find out more about the 150 extraordinary speakers.

Did The Women’s Conference air on the web?

Yes, live webcasts of The Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation on October 25 and The Main Event and The Grand Finale featuring The 2010 Minerva Awards on October 26 were available at Videos of the speaker sessions are now available here. To watch highlights of the 2009 Conference, click here.

How has The Women’s Conference given back to the community?

The Women’s Conference has been A Conference with a Conscience. Under the leadership of Maria Shriver and the guidance of our Board of Directors, The Women’s Conference has had six far-reaching women’s empowerment programs – WE Educate, WE Invest, WE Connect, WE Act, WE Inspire and WE Honor. Proceeds from the Conference have directly supported these programs 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.

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