Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” will be the keynote speaker for the 28th annual Central California Women’s Conference on Sept. 22.
Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee, was nominated this year for a Golden Globe for work on the ABC drama. She picked up Screen Actors Guild and People’s Choice honors this year for the show.
Her speech will focus on her fight against hunger.
“I will use my 15 minutes of fame to draw attention to the fact that one out of every five people in this country are food insufficient and three out of five children go to school hungry,” Davis says in a news release announcing her selection.
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The Women’s Conference — 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center — aims to empower women. It has donated $650,000 to local women’s and children’s community benefit organizations. The theme of this year’s event is “Ignite Your Body and Spirit.”
Previous keynote speakers have included Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis and Robin Roberts.
Davis joins more than two dozen other national and local speakers. Among those special guests will be motivational speaker Jean Steel and Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Monica Piper.
Along with the speakers, attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 24 options. Topics include business and entrepreneurship, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.
Attendees also have the opportunity to visit the conference Marketplace and Community Corner where more than 175 businesses and nonprofits share information about their products and services.
Early Bird tickets, costing $100, will be on sale April 1 to May 31. Regular priced tickets of $110 will go on sale June 1. Tickets include continental breakfast, all of the seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception.
Tickets are limited to the first 3,500 attendees. Because the event is expected to be another sellout, early registration is encouraged.
For more information about the conference and speakers go to www.CCWC-Fresno.org.