FIRST LADY OF CALIFORNIA & THE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

FIRST LADY OF CALIFORNIA & THE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

From 2003-2010, Shriver served as California’s First Lady and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation’s premier forum for women, The Women’s Conference. Under Shriver’s direction and vision, it grew into the world’s premier forum for women. The Women’s Conference was an iconic destination for world opinion leaders, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, visionaries, spiritual figures, authors, journalists, and women from all walks of life to realize their potential to become Architects of Change.

With Shriver at the helm, The Women’s Conference became a force for change, directly funding millions of dollars in charitable programs serving women on the front lines of humanity and funding the re-emergence of The California Museum. The Women’s Conference awarded $6 million in grants to organizations that provided women with microloans, financial literacy training, domestic violence counseling, and college scholarships. and funded a three-day free health clinic for women and a first of its kind March on Alzheimer’s.

In 2004, Shriver also created The Minerva Awards and Minerva Prize to recognize and reward remarkable women who stepped forward and changed the world with their courage, wisdom, and strength.

Below is a highlight of some of our favorite moments from The Women’s Conference’s final year:

MARIA SHRIVER

FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH

MARY OLIVER
Pulitzer-Prize Winning & National Book Award-Winning Poet

MARY J. BLIGE
Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Actress

DIANE SAWYER
In Conversation with Legendary Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O’Connor

It’s Time to Learn How to Build Self-Esteem and Leadership in Young Women

It’s Time to Talk About What Happens When Women Lead

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If You’re Looking to Strengthen Your Family, This Message Is For You.

If You’re Looking to Strengthen Your Family, This Message Is For You.

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

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