CCWC helps Fresno thrive!

Contributed by: Jan Edwards, CCWC Director of Development/ Marketing and Betsy Hays, CCWC Speaker/PR Coordinator

A day of empowerment as well as a shot in the arm to the Fresno economy, the 27th Annual Central California Women’s Conference will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.

This day-long event features celebrity keynote Valerie Bertinelli and a myriad of learning opportunities via regional and national speakers (including former Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick). Not only does the speakers’ travel bring money to the area, it also puts Fresno on the radar for these experts as a viable place to both speak and sell their products.

CCWC brings 3500+ attendees to downtown Fresno – many for the first time, and some of whom stay in the area for dinner or drinks and those from out-of-town stay in local hotels. The conference features more than 175 exhibitors, all reporting solid sales as well as successful lead generation and networking.

Local sponsors – essential for the event’s success – enjoy a robust and fruitful visibility opportunity by being associated with this premier event for Valley women. Home grown bounty will be served at the breakfast compliments of Fresno State and Fresno State wine will be featured at the Cool-Down reception, adding more local flavor to the conference.

When people have a positive experience they want to repeat it. CCWC provides an extremely positive Fresno and downtown experience – ideally leading to more downtown and Fresno visits for attendees. And when an event has a solid reputation and history, more people want to be involved. Case in point – Ms. Bertinelli is very selective with her speaking engagements, and chose to come to Fresno because of her interest in the mission of CCWC and all that it has accomplished.

While CCWC’s primary focus is the September event, its other mission is to support organizations that aid Valley women and children. Toward that end, it has given more than $600,000 to date to area non-profits. In 2014, CCWC share $50,000 among 28 area organizations. And thanks to the generous underwriting from Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo, 20 graduates of the Encourage Tomorrow high school program receive scholarships and attend the conference.

Tickets for CCWC are $100 each and tables of 11 are available. The conference is close to selling out, so potential attendees are encouraged to buy soon to ensure a seat.

Full agenda and tickets are available at, or call 559-265-6888.l

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