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The Central California Women’s Conference is an event many Fresno women look forward to each year, and the 2017 conference is approaching quickly! If you’re interested in attending, or would like to know more about the event, I’ve compiled a list of 10 things you should know about the 30th annual Central California Women’s Conference, as well as information on how you can obtain tickets and additional event details.
1. CCWC is the largest women’s event in the region.
Serving women of all generations, ethnicities, and backgrounds, the conference is also one of the largest women’s conferences in California and draws crowds of 3,500+.
2. The theme of this year’s event is EMBRACE YOUR JOURNEY.
The conference will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center. Attendees will celebrate and be inspired to embrace their lives in areas including careers, relationships, and, most importantly, their own personal growth.
3. Amy Purdy, world-class snowboarder, 2014 Paralympic Medalist, and founder of Adaptive Action Sports, is this year’s keynote speaker.
She is also an actress, model, dancer, clothing designer, New York Times bestselling author, and product spokesperson.
4. Purdy was on Dancing with the Stars.
Some might not recognize Amy Purdy’s name, but may remember her from the popular show, Dancing with the Stars. At the age of 19, Amy contracted meningococcal meningitis, a vaccine-preventable bacterial infection, and was given a less than two percent chance of survival. As a result of the infection, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. Amy also needed and successfully received a kidney transplant from her father. Just three months after the transplant, she entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events.
5. The CCWC awards scholarships to students in the area.
During the day’s morning warm-up session, 20 young women will receive Wells Fargo/CCWC College and Career Preparation Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, promise, and the students’ commitment to creating positive change. This year’s winners are from Sanger, Fresno, McLane, and Central (East campus) high schools.
6. One woman will be honored with this year’s “She Makes a Difference Award.”
This award is given to a woman who has overcome significant challenges to make a difference for the community. Presented by PG&E, the award allows the recipient to select a local non-profit of choice to donate $5,000 to. Want to nominate someone for this year’s award? Click here to complete the nomination form—you have until July 31 to nominate!
7. The morning speaker will be Jacqueline Del Rosario (a.k.a. “Dr. Jacquie”).
She will share her formula for strong relationships of all kinds. Considered a go-to expert for marriage and relationship advice, Dr. Jacquie, known as “America’s Marriage Coach,” has been featured on KTLA, The Hallmark Channel, and Fox News.
8. Attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 20 options.
Topics include career development, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.
9. There will be an exhibitor showcase.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the conference Marketplace and Community Corner where more than 175 businesses and non-profits share information about their products and services. Visitors will be treated to samples, gourmet tastings, information and shopping.
10. The cool-down session is a chance to unwind.
The day ends with the cool-down session, where women enter to win prizes, kick off their shoes, and relax. This year’s cool-down speaker, Kerri Pomarolli, is a stand-up comedian, actress, and author based in Los Angeles.
Tickets are on sale now at $110 and will go up to $120 on August 20. Registration includes continental breakfast, all seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Tickets are limited to the first 3,500 attendees, so early registration is encouraged. Visit www.CCWC-Fresno.org for tickets and additional information.