Butte College served as a remote viewing location for the 2008 Women's Conference hosted by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community viewed a live satellite feed of The Women's Conference from the Long Beach Convention Center on October 22 in the Center for Excellence, inside the Butte College Library from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. After each of the panel discussions, moderator Annie Rafferty, Director of the Training Place and Economic Development, solicited input and feedback from students and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.
The Women's Conference is held annually in Long Beach, and was sold out within three hours to more than 14,000 attendees.
"The Women's Conference brought some of the world's visionaries together to discuss empowerment and change. We're pleased we were able to participate in the conference from Butte College to engage our campus in global issues," said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. "This was a unique opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to hear from prominent global leaders."
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Included:
8-10:30 a.m. Opening Session, Welcome and Panel Discussion Featuring Warren Buffet
• Jennifer Lopez, Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
• Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
• Chris Matthews, Host of Hardball, MSNBC & the Chris Matthews Show, NBC
• 10-10:30 a.m. - Moderated discussion with Butte College students, faculty and staff
10:30 a.m. - Noon : "It's Your Voice: How You Can Use It to Change the World"
• Christiane Amanpour CNN Chief International Correspondent
• Madeleine Korbel Albright, Former United States Secretary of State
• Cecilia Maria Atias CEO, The Experience Corp (USA)
• Cherie Blair, Human Rights Advocate & Wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair
• Cerue Konah Garlo, Executive Director, Women NGOs Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL)
• 11:30-Noon - Moderated discussion with Butte College students, faculty and staff
12:30 - 3 p.m.:"Women Leaders Discuss Challenges, Greatest Moments, and Personal Insights"
• First Lady Maria Shriver
• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
• Sister Joan Chittister, OSB & Author Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
• Campbell Brown, CNN Anchor, Campbell Brown: Election Center
• 2:30-3 p.m. - Moderated discussion with Butte College students, faculty and staff
For more information, contact Lisa DeLaby, Butte College Public Relations, at 530/895-2937.