Lisa Ling keynote speaker for Women’s Conference

Lisa Ling attends the 13th Annual Inspiration Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Lisa Ling attends the 13th Annual Inspiration Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. John Salangsang/Invision/AP

Reporter and TV host Lisa Ling will be the keynote speaker for the 29th annual Central California Women’s Conference on Sept. 20 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.

The Sacramento native was one of the co-hosts for ABC’s “The View” from 1999-2002. Since then she has hosted news shows, including “This is Life with Lisa Ling” on CNN, and appeared as a correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and contributor to ABC’s “Nightline” and “National Geographic’s’ Explorer.”

“I can’t wait to meet my 3,500 new friends at the 29th annual Central California Women’s Conference,” Ling said in a news release. “Living life with #NoLimits is something we all need to do! See you soon, Fresno.”

The Women’s Conference, which runs 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center, aims to empower women. It has donated $800,000 to Valley community benefit organizations for women and children and given Career Preparation Scholarships to underserved young women. This year, CCWC is launching the She Makes a Difference contest.

“We are excited to honor one woman who through her efforts has changed her life, the lives of her family, or lives in the community with her courage, strength and wisdom to make a difference,” said Nené Casares, conference board president.

The theme of this year’s event is “Ignite Your Body and Spirit.”

Previous speakers have included Leeza Gibbons, Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis and Robin Roberts.

Among the special guests will be motivational speaker, humorist and researcher Pegine Echevarria and comedian Kat Simmons.

Along with the speakers, attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 21 options. Topics include career development, health, fitness, money, family, spirituality, courage, service, activism 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.

Tickets cost $110 and go up to $120 on Aug.16. Admission includes continental breakfast, all of the seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Because the event is expected to be another sellout, early registration is encouraged.

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