First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will join the extraordinary lineup 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, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26. Mrs. Obama, in her second appearance at the conference, will speak during the Opening Session of The Main Event on Tuesday, October 26th 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 http://www.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 Maria 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.”
This is Mrs. Obama’s second appearance at The Women’s Conference. 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.
Joining Mrs. Obama in the stellar lineup 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 than 150 of the world’s greatest voices, hearts and minds.
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.
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The President will address the 2010 FortuneMost Powerful Women Summit at the Mellon Auditorium tomorrow in Washington, DC to talk about the impact of women in business on the economy and the steps we can take together to ensure that America remains competitive over the long term.
Earlier today President Obama said during a roundtable discussion with the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, "Feel certain that I think women should be paid equal to men. Take that to the bank."