Women’s Conference sells out in just over a week


Celebrity keynote speaker Tyra Banks drove ticket sales for 32nd annual Central California Women’s Conference
FRESNO – The Central California Women’s Conference is sold out. Celebrating its 32nd year, the 2019 Central California Women’s Conference (CCWC) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in downtown Fresno. This is the fastest sellout in conference history, as ticket sales just opened on June 3. A waiting list is being created at ccwc-fresno.org in case additional tickets become available. 
Ticket sales were driven by the announcement in April that Tyra Banks would be the luncheon keynote speaker at the conference. Banks is an icon for empowering women of all ages, championing the message that “perfect is boring and human is beautiful” to her diverse audience. She began her career as a supermodel at age 15 and today at 45 is still gracing magazine covers. She has accomplished many firsts for African-American women and women of all shapes and sizes. After her explosive success in the fashion world, Banks expanded her influence to television as an Emmy award-winning host of The Tyra Banks Show and the creator and executive producer of the long-running America’s Next Top Model seen in more than 150 countries. Banks keeps beauty and entertainment at the forefront of her actions when she is not on camera. She developed her own self-titled entertainment investment company, a cosmetic line called TYRA Beauty, and the TZONE Foundation, which empowers young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. Most recently, Banks has taken on the role of visiting college professor at Stanford Business School, speaking on the subject of personal branding. She has also released a book she cowrote with her mom titled “Perfect is Boring.” Bank’s has twice been ranked by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.
The theme of this year’s CCWC is breaking boundaries. Attendees will celebrate their accomplishments and be inspired to push further in life to reach goals they thought unattainable within their careers, relationships, and, most importantly, their own personal growth. In keeping with the breaking boundaries theme, the morning warm-up session kicks off the conference by honoring 20 young women who will receive the Wells Fargo/CCWC College and Career Preparation Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, promise and the students’ commitment to create positive change. Also in attendance at the conference will be the five AT&T/CCWC/Central California Education Opportunity Center (CCEOC) Re-Entry Scholars. Attendees will then hear motivational speaker Jen Bricker. Bricker is also a professional gymnast who toured as an aerialist with Britney Spears and is a State Champion power tumbler, despite the fact that she was born without legs. At birth, she was left at the hospital by her biological parents but was adopted by a loving family who taught her to “never say the word, can’t.” Bricker’s New York Times best-selling book entitled Everything is Possible tells her extraordinary life story. Attendees choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 21 options. Topics include career development, health and fitness, money and finance, relationships, courage, service and activism, and strength and change. 
“This year’s lineup is so diverse and rich in valuable information,” said CCWC board president, Nene Casares. “Our board and team couldn’t be more excited about the day we have planned for our attendees. This unforgettable conference will be a day of information, networking, fun, great food, and ‘retail therapy’ for the hard-working women of this Valley.” 
In addition to the one-day conference featuring three general sessions and 21 breakout sessions, CCWC has given more than $1.2 million during its history to support women and children in the Valley. At its Community Celebration Reception on April 23, CCWC’s Board of Directors honored 89 Valley non profits serving women and children with grants totaling $100,120. Local recipients of this year’s CCWC grants were: Assistance League of Visalia, Family Services of Tulare County, Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties and Happy Trails Riding Academy.
CCWC also serves through its CCWC/Wells Fargo College Preparatory Scholarship Program. In 2018, 20 students from Fresno, Sanger, McLane and Central (east campus) high schools participated. They each received a scholarship, attended the conference, and also participated in a financial literacy workshop. In addition, CCWC partners with AT&T for its re-entry scholarship program, where five deserving women receive a scholarship, attend the conference and are hosted at a celebratory luncheon. 
Tickets were $125 each and included continental breakfast, all seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Tickets were limited to the first 3,500 attendees and a sellout was anticipated.
To date, more than 94,180 women have attended the Central California Women’s Conference since its inception. The 2020 Central California Women’s Conference will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, and tickets will go on sale in early June 2020. For more information, visit ccwc-fresno.org.