O.C. Women’s Journey Conference May 19
By Mariana Williams
On May 19th, the Women’s Journey Conference celebrates ten years of presenting speakers, entertainment, shopping and most importantly enlightenment to the women and girls of Orange County. The UCI Campus is the site of the event, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6 pm.
This year’s featured speakers are New York Times Best-Selling Author Marianne Williamson and actress/comedienne, Cloris Leachman.
Along with browsing through exhibitor’s booths displaying original items of jewelry, clothes and art objects, attendees will enjoy musical performances by The Swing Dolls (Andrew Sisters tribute), Karen Gallinger (Jazz Singer) and R & B powerhouse, Gino Walker. Also performing are singers Kelly Fitzgerald who will be doing songs by Carole King and Cara Lee who will be impersonating Janice Joplin.
Presenting positive and inspiring speakers has been a decade long tradition for the WJC. One area that has grown is the emphasis on girls ages 8 to 18. Bringing self-esteem and awareness through speakers and interactive activities has been very successful and fulfilling, says founder and producer, Patty Turrell.
“We have partnered with Girls Inc. and are excited to help young girls discover their strengths through education. We have also reached out to at-risk girls through various foster organizations” This program is FREE to all girls.
Marianne Williamson’s books Illuminata and Everyday Grace have both ranked #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The Age of Miracles reached #2. Other works include A Woman’s Worth, Healing the Soul of America, The Gift of Change and The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife.
She has been a popular guest on the Oprah talk show, as well as Good Morning America, Charlie Rose and Larry King Live. Her speaking engagements are famously well-attended events leaving the audience laughing one minute and moved to tears the next.
A passage in her bestseller, A Return to Love is regarded by many as an anthem for this generation’s spiritual seekers: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Proving that wit and wisdom come with age, Cloris Leachman, actress of stage, screen and television, is sure to delight the crowd at the Women’s Journey Conference. Her credits include eight Primetime Emmy Awards — more than any other performer — and one Daytime Emmy Award. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show.
Leachman plays a supporting role in Raising Hope, a sitcom that premiered in the fall of 2010 on Fox. She will star with Tara Reid in The Fields and with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in Gambit, a remake of a 1966 film.
Motivational Speakers Collette Carlson and Ari Flanagan are also on hand to share their wealth of knowledge empowering women of all ages and ethnicities.
The Women’s Journey Conference is a non-profit event serving the O.C. community along with supporting organizations such as, The Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance, Working Wardrobes, New Directions for Women Recovery Facility and The Geena Davis Foundation for Gender Equality.
The Women’s Journey Conference will be held on Saturday, May 19th on the UCI campus from 9 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womensjourneyconference.com