Tuesday September 25, 2018

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

Tickets go on sale on June 5. More info coming soon re: #CCWC18!


Below is our schedule and topics from the 2017 conference – FYI only. In May we will post the topics and schedule for our 2018 event. Thank you! See you soon! 


Seating for the morning warm-up, afternoon cool-down and all breakout sessions is open seating and is first come, first served. Lunch seating will be assigned based on the date of registration. If you wish to sit with friends or colleagues, you will need to register as a group.

7:15 - 9:30 am Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Central Valley Toyota Dealers

Co-hosted by The Brownie Baker, Inc., Wawona Frozen Foods and Champion Dried Fruit

9:30 - 10:15 am Break

Sponsored by Michael B. Stevens, MD, PhD

10:15 - 11:15 am Session 1

Session 1-01 - Roth Who? IRA What? A Workshop About Managing Your Investments (Sponsored by Wells Fargo)
The Eiland Group of Wells Fargo Advisors


Don’t know the difference between a stock and a bond? Or a mutual fund and an ETF? Are you confused about the differences between a 401k, an IRA and a Roth IRA? If so, know you’re not alone. This session will help de-mystify the basics of investing. You’ve worked hard to save your money – now figure out what to do with it. Become an informed investor!

Session 1-02 - Volunteering: YOU make a difference
Mary Thielscher

Giving back is one of the best ways to enhance your life’s purpose and meaning. Get ideas about how and where to start, how to find a good fit for you, how to determine your time commitment and how to set boundaries. In this session you’ll also learn the MANY benefits of giving back – including (but not limited to) the “helpers high,” making new friends, enhancing your resume and improving all aspects of your health.

Session 1-03 - A Pediatrician’s Tips for Raising Healthy Children – Newborn to High School Grad (Sponsored by Community Medical Centers)
Serena Yang, MD, MPH


Many of us have lamented that there is no “what to expect” book for all phases of your child’s life. However, by attending this session, you’ll get the inside scoop from one of the area’s leading pediatricians regarding what you really need to be focused on to raise healthy children. Dr. Yang will make sense of all the conflicting information out there and also answer your questions!

Session 1-04 - How Smart, Savvy Women Can Conquer Change & Challenge in the Workplace
Clara Chorley

Work can be a place where we play to our strengths, enjoy showing up, and collaborate with people who are aligned around a shared vision or goal. As with all relationships, there are times when disagreements and unclear roles, lack of appreciation and differing communication styles can begin to take their toll. When change and challenges surface in the workplace, there are 3 mistakes professional women and men make again and again that stop them from navigating these often normal conflicts in a way that builds trust and collaboration. In this session, you will obtain clarity about what’s in your way plus some tools and resources to get you re-engaged!

Session 1-05 - REAL Fast Food - Whole Real Food You Can Make Quickly!
Dina Juve

How often do you pick up food at a drive-thru? Wouldn’t you rather eat REAL Fast Food – food that’s good for you that you can make quickly? In this session you’ll learn tips about how to cook a healthy and nutritious meal in the same time it would take you to go through most drive-thrus. The focus will be on creating meals that are fast (made in 20-30 minutes), easy, full of nutrition and delicious – using 5 ingredients or less. Get the secrets to easy food prep and learn how to make healthy eating a way of life!

Session 1-06 - The Illusion of Powerlessness
Angeleen Corona

There are times in life when we come to a point where we feel overwhelmed, unhappy, unhealthy, and just plain defeated. The illusion of powerlessness is something most of us can relate to, but the reality is we have more power over our health, our happiness and our joy then we realize. We give so much power away trying to find the answers outside of ourselves when the answers are within us the whole time. In this session you will learn how to identify why you continue to hold back in your life from the things you know are meant for you.

1:30 - 2:30 pm Session 2

Session 2-01 - Lose Weight and Feel GREAT
Rhonda Murphy

Learn exercises to help shrink your belly, butt and thighs. This session will help you target and tone your troubled areas with simple and quick moves you can do daily.

Session 2-02 - Secrets of Bold Leadership (Panel)
Kathleen Scott (Moderator) Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, Paula Castadio, Mary Castro & Deborah Adishian-Astone (Panelists)

Hear personal stories and secrets to success from a panel of Fresno State’s top women leaders. Panelists will share insights about their own leadership journeys; tips to balance work, family and community; personal challenges; struggles and lessons learned. Through conversation, our panel will explore how successful women leaders empower, influence and inspire others. The session will include a question and answer session during which participants will gain instant coaching on their most compelling leadership challenges.

Session 2-03 - Embrace Your Own Journey
Armen Bacon

It’s time to flex your memory muscle, own your life story and maybe even share it out loud. Discover the hidden treasures of your past, including the defining moments that have shaped and sculpted your life. In this session you’ll learn strategies for unlocking the precious and fragile moments often tucked away, lost or forgotten. Everyone has a story. Find yours.

Session 2-04 - Run Wild and Kick A**
Jean Steel

Since Jean Steel last spoke at CCWC she has learned a lot. There is new research about how to reduce stress and make a difference in ourselves, our community, our world – and be even happier. Mark Twain’s quote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why,” is about discovering your “ikigai” (i.e. why you are here). Rediscover your attitude of gratitude, recognize the power within, and leave with a list of changes you can do to make the world a better place.

Session 2-05 - A Smooth Ride Every Time: Insider Info on Purchasing, Financing and Servicing Your Car (Sponsored by Fresno Acura)
TheeAnna Stevens


This session will turn your next car service — and your next car purchase — into times of empowerment! Learn what you need to know to expertly navigate these often tricky adventures.

Session 2-06 - All You Need to Know to Conquer Menopause (Sponsored by Saint Agnes Medical Center)
Lisa Ann Golik, MD, OB/GYN


The interesting thing about menopause is that all women experience it, but most of us don’t know very much about it before it happens — and we often know even less about conquering it! In this session you’ll learn the 4‑1‑1 about the interesting and important changes our bodies go through, and tips for how to thrive during this time.

Session 2-07 - The Beauty of Simplicity in Home Decorating
Khrysten Kent

There is a tremendous amount of beauty in simplicity when it comes to designing your home. Often, less can truly be so much more. The most pleasing spaces are the ones that people love being present in. People often enjoy spaces because they elicit a feeling or emotion that is pleasant. The ability to create those spaces starts with understanding a few fundamental elements. From there, you can create that energy in your home and this session will teach you how to do just that.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Afternoon Break

Sponsored by Pepsi Beverages Company

3:15 – 4:15 pm Session 3

Session 3-01 - Macy's Fashion Show: Embrace Your Wardrobe Journey (Sponsored by Macy’s)
Martin Oftedal


Macy’s Martin Oftedal will share insider tips the fashion experts use to make everyone look fabulous! You’ll learn how to maximize your wardrobe in this fun and fast-paced session.

Session 3-02 - How to Improve the Landscapes of Your Life
Lee Ayres, Anne Clemons and Brianna Woodsford

Learn how to choose and improve the landscapes where you live: home, neighborhood, work and play. As we adapt to water regulations, we are reducing turf and increasing the use of water-wise trees and plants. Learn how you can have beautiful, vibrant landscapes and use less water.

Session 3-03 - The Six Social Media Mistakes You & Your Business are Making
Anna Gonzalez

Learn the most common mistakes individuals and businesses are making on social media and how to overcome them to build your online brand and your community – as well as drive sales for your business!

Session 3-04 - Break on Through to the Other Side of Health: How to Fight Obesity, Diabetes and Other Health Challenges (Sponsored by Community Medical Centers)
Pearl Ma, MD


This session will break through barriers and misperceptions about women’s health, obesity and diabetes. You’ll get powerful insight from a female surgeon who has seen it all and will lead us toward managing diabetes and accepting obesity as a disease, not a lifestyle choice.

Session 3-05 - Leading Up in a World Falling Down
Alison Haugan

In an age of disruption and divisiveness, economic uncertainty, and worldwide unrest, the ability to effectively lead in ways that promote respect, demonstrate responsibility, and inspire confidence is critical to individual and corporate success. Learn how you can transform your personal relationships – and your organization – and create more ease, cooperation, and profitability. In addition, you’ll discover why it is critical to our personal and collective success, freedom and survival that we reclaim what was a strategic pillar of our country’s foundation.

Session 3-06 - Stop the Medicare Madness! Shocking New Medicare Secrets Revealed
Susan Hatch

Get what you are entitled to! Learn why many can’t go to their doctors and favorite hospitals and how to make sure that will never happen to you. Discover why your drugs are so expensive and what you can do about it. How will the new administration affect Medicare? The new very controversial Medicare card is coming soon. Learn why the best Medicare supplement plan will stop allowing new people…how to get it and keep it for life. Get approved, no matter how ill you are. Learn why your past employer group plan may be making a fortune with your money, and how to stop it.

Session 3-07 - Finding Your Family History
Emy Lopez Phillips

The longing to know more about her grandmother’s Nicaraguan roots is what led this speaker down the journey of finding more about her family’s history. Come listen to Emy’s interesting discoveries and the resources she accessed along the way. Joining her in this session is a member of the Fresno County Genealogical Society who will share information that is locally available to anyone with an interest in genealogical research.

Neither CCWC, its board, officers nor agents makes any warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product and/or services provided by the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors or vendors participating in the 2018 CCWC Women’s Conference. Furthermore, CCWC, its board, officers and agents encourage all attendees to complete their own independent investigation, analysis and due diligence in purchasing, utilizing and securing the information, services and/or products provided by speakers, sponsors, exhibitors or vendors participating in the 2018 CCWC Women’s Conference.