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On a mission to highlight Lessons on Leadership, Activism and Family, Maria
Shriver will open registration for the 2005 Governor
and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families
today. Tickets, which can be purchased by signing onto
www.californiagovernorsconference.org, are expected to
sell out quickly for this day-long event scheduled to
be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on October
27. Shriver promises the 19th annual conference for
women and families is guaranteed to be better than
ever-before.

"I am truly honored to be a part of this extraordinary
conference that empowers and inspires millions of
California women," said Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. "California is home to some of the
most talented and enterprising women in the entire
world and I am so proud that this conference will
showcase their amazing achievements and contributions
to our state."

This year’s prestigious panels of speakers represent
more than 60 diverse and prominent national leaders in
their fields. Award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, CNN
foreign correspondent Christine Amanour, Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Pulitzer
Prize-nominated poet Maya Angelou are just a few of
the speakers scheduled to appear.

"I am thrilled to serve as host to this historic and
powerful day-long event that brings together tens of
thousands of California’s multi-cultural and
multi-tasking women. Whether you are a stay-at-home
mom, a scientist, a teacher, nurse practitioner,
journalist or engineer you will end your day inspired
and energized by the many courageous speakers who
struggle daily to live life to its fullest and to give
back by serving those around them," said Maria
Shriver. "This year’s conference will continue to
honor California’s remarkable women through the 2nd
Annual Minerva Awards ceremony and for the first-time
we will showcase a wide-array of our state’s produce
and products at the newly created California
Marketplace, promoting healthy eating, California
style."

Conference participants can give a special welcome to
the new 2005 Minervas of Tomorrow program, granting
500 young women the chance to interact with dynamic
role models and mentors. Students involved with
Minervas of Tomorrow are invited to attend the
conference general sessions and seminars, as well as
the Minervas of Tomorrow Youth Leadership Session,
specially designed for their needs. The program
provides young women with an opportunity to share in
this inspirational and educational day, celebrating
women leaders of the past and those creating a vision
for the future. Also, new this year, Governor
Schwarzenegger will preside over the Minerva Scholars
Award ceremony, presenting four students pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in the fields of nursing, business,
math, science or special education, a twenty-five
thousand dollar scholarship to pay for costs
associated with completing their education.

Volunteerism and service will continue as focal points
for the conference Shriver often refers to as the
"Conference with a Conscience." The 2004 Governor’s
Conference on Women debuted the highly successful
Volunteer Village, which will be expanded to play an
even more prominent role this year-including exhibits
sponsored by 45 outstanding not-for-profit
organizations.

The day will also include Pastor Rick Warren, author
of The Purpose Driven Life; Dr. Agatston, author of
the South Beach Diet; renowned author and spiritual
leader Dr. Deepak Chopra; award-winning journalist
Linda Ellerbee; Chairman of the Christopher Reeve
Paralysis Foundation, Dana Reeve; diet and fitness
expert Suzanne Somers; acclaimed entertainment writer
Nora Ephron; personal finance guru Suze Orman;
television personality Lisa Ling; and Chairman and CEO
of Young and Rubicam, Ann Fudge. Mary J. Blige will
close the day with the second annual Remarkable
Women’s concert.

More information on the California Governor and First
Lady’s Conference on Women and Families and tickets
are available at
www.californiagovernorsconference.org. The Honorary
Premier Sponsor for the 2005 California Governor and
First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families is BP.
Presenting Sponsors include Safeway/Vons. Sponsorship
packages and ticket sales information are available
online. Conference material including digitally
recorded panel sessions, "Tips" books and other
conference material will be available after October
27, 2005.