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Shriver brings in stars for annual Women’s Conference

By Emily Morgan

July 15, 2008 at 1:28pm

In her fifth year of organizing the annual Women’s Conference, California First Lady Maria Shriver has managed to pull in some big names. Tickets to the conference sold out in under three hours.

Speakers at the 2008 conference, which begins on Oct. 21, include Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Bono, Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong, Michael J. Fox, Heidi Klum and Warren Beatty.

Tickets for the two-day event at the Long Beach Convention Center went on sale yesterday. The price ranges from $125-185.

The Women’s Conference is a non-profit, non-partisan event that was founded in 1991 by then-governor of California, Pete Wilson.

This year’s event will include talks, book signings, forums and conversations between speakers, although the pairings have yet to be announced.

For the first time, Shriver has also organized a pre-conference event, Night at The Village, at which Shriver and Rachael Ray will speak and hold a book-signing.

Shriver says, “The Village is our answer to a call from women for more time to just be – whether it is to mingle casually, network for work, or shop around for items and experiences that will enrich their mind, body and soul.”

The Minerva Awards will also be presented at the conference and will feature a performance by Bonnie Raitt.

The Minerva Awards recognize women who have “recognized a problem or challenge, identified a solution, and pursued it with courage, perseverance and compassion.” Last year, Maria Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Nancy Pelosi were among the winners.

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