Bertinelli will be keynote speaker for Central California Women's Conference in Fresno

The Fresno BeeJune 3, 2014 

Valerie Bertinelli of "Hot In Cleveland" will be the keynote speaker Sept. 16 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.


Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the 27th annual Central California Women's Conference to be held Sept. 16 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center, 848 M St. Valerie Bertinelli, star of the TV Land series "Hot in Cleveland," will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets -- available at -- are $100 and include a continental breakfast, all seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Only 3,500 tickets are available and because the event has been a sellout in recent years, early registration is encouraged.

This year's theme, "Nurture You!", will encourage attendees to nurture all areas of their live: careers, relationships and themselves. Bertinelli fits that theme: the Golden Globe-winning actress and best-selling author will talk about her life as an actress, producer, wife and mother.

In a press release announcing her appearance, Bertinelli said, "Juggling and balancing everything is difficult for all of us."

The acting career for 54-year-old Bertinelli started almost 40 years ago when she starred in the 1975 TV series "One Day at a Time." Since then she's appeared in a host of TV shows and films, including her current series. She's also been a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program, launched a fashion and home line and written several books, including the cookbook "One Dish at a Time" (Rodale Books, $30).

Previous keynote speakers have included Marie Osmond, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis and Robin Roberts.

The Women's Conference lineup also will include appearances by Black Hawk pilot and motivational speaker Elizabeth McCormick and humorist Judy Carter. There will be 27 seminars by local, regional and national experts discussing business and entrepreneurship, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.

There also will be a marketplace with more than 175 exhibitors.

As part of the conference mission of empowerment, $600,000 has been donated to local women's and children's community benefit organizations.

More information is available at

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