A very familiar face to many throughout the U.S., television reporter and anchor Kaci Christian had just spent weeks trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal. The solo journey was one of reflection after her job contract ended last year and the station chose not to renew.
Academy Award-nominated actress Lindsay Crouse will speak about finding inner peace in a chaotic world.
The nine-week trip, which included a 10-day silent meditation retreat, brought joy and renewal, and left Kaci with rich memories. While writing a book about her experiences, she was suddenly struck by something she describes as much greater: “I have talked to people since I was a child, and I have never met a ‘stranger.’
These people have imparted so much wisdom. I became aware that if I didn’t share the information, tools, resources and relationships with which I have been gifted over the years, then, in effect, I was hoarding them, and that was unacceptable.
The idea to host an event — even the name ‘The WE Conference’ — came in a moment of inspiration. When I learned that the Governor’s Conference for Women had been cancelled for 2011, I knew the timing was perfect to create an event to gather women together for an amazing day of inspiration, exploration and transformation.”
The WE ConferenceTM is a one-day women’s empowerment symposium to be held Saturday, Oct. 1, on the beautiful campus of Concordia University in Irvine, CA, easily accessible from Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs and the Inland Empire. The event will include accomplished speakers, live entertainment, a delicious luncheon and exhibitor booths.
The mission of The WE Conference is to inspire, educate and empower women to fulfill their greatest potential. The organization that Kaci founded to support the event and activities associated with it, is committed to connecting women with role models, new friends and tools to create authentic relationships, develop and sustain a supportive community and to facilitate positive change.
“The most powerful gift you can give is knowledge,” says Kaci. “Our conference is intended to provide women of all ages and backgrounds with essential information on a variety of topics specifically affecting women. We emphasize the holistic approach, because I believe true empowerment comes when the mind, body and spirit are in balance.”
Anti-aging expert Dr. Theresa Dale will reveal secrets on how to reverse the aging process naturally (i.e., without cosmetic surgery or hormones). Acclaimed authors (The Feminist Manifesta) and radio hosts Lily Hills and Karen Hudson will explain how to fire your “inner critic.”
Katy Sullivan will inspire you with her story of overcoming obstacles. Born without any legs, Katy is a television actress and world-class athlete! Best-selling author, Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, PhD (Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Everything), will present her cutting-edge approach to wellness.
Community activist Jerri L. Rosen, the founder of Working Wardrobes, will share what you receive when you give, describing how volunteering changed her life as well as the lives of thousands of others.
Kaci Christian will share her journey from the newsrooms of TV stations across America to the Himalayas and back.
A panel of acclaimed nutrition experts and celebrity chefs, including Lauren Von Der Pool, who works with First Lady Michelle Obama to address childhood obesity, will discuss their views on nutrition and health, talk about their culinary adventures and offer cooking tips!
“The conference isn’t going to be simply a day of lectures, though,” adds Kaci. “People need a mental break now and then so we will have performers take the stage between the speakers. I am so honored and humbled by the amazing talent we’ve been able to assemble.”
Performers include Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Harriet Schock (Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady), Emmy Award-winning writer and musician Tracy Newman, and stand-up comic Wendy Hammers. Other highlights include yoga and laughter breaks, a “sacred fan dance” and a spoken word performance.
“I’m extremely pleased with how this idea is coming to fruition,” adds Kaci. “The call for speakers yielded an overwhelming response. Those who attend are in for a real treat. We’re doing everything we can to make it a day of fun and inspiration.”
Register online at www.theWEconference.com. Registration includes admission, a buffet lunch, vendor exhibits and free parking. Awareness readers will receive a 20% discount (coupon code: AWARENESS). Visit The WE Conference website for more information.
Janet Herin is an award-winning freelance writer and communications consultant handling public relations for The WE Conference. She can be reached at (310) 994-6808 or janet@theWEconference.com. For general information about the event, please visit www.theWEconference.com