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CCWC  9/25/18


If you would like to apply to speak at the 2018 conference, please fill out our call for proposal form here by Feb. 1, 2018 for priority consideration:

Below is a list of the speakers from our 2017 conference – FYI only.

Thank you!

Amy Purdy

Keynote Speaker

Amy Purdy is a world-class snowboarder, 2014 Paralympic Medalist, and founder of Adaptive Action Sports. She is also a motivational speaker, actress, model, dancer, clothing designer, New York Times best-selling author, and product spokesperson.


At 19, Amy contracted Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine-preventable bacterial infection, and was given a less than two percent chance of survival. As a result of the infection, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. Amy also needed and successfully received a kidney transplant (from her father). Just three months after the transplant, she entered the USASA National Snowboarding Championship where she won medals in three events. Amy is the only double-leg amputee competing at the world-class level, and in 2013 she was named as one of the top 15 most remarkable para-athletes in the world by the International Olympic Committee. Today, she is one of the top-ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world and was the 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist.


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Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario

Warm-Up Speaker

As a former educator and tireless champion for America’s youth, Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario is uniquely equipped to develop and implement hard-hitting programs that instill core values into youth for a positive trajectory toward success. Dr. Del Rosario’s exceptional leadership as Founder/CEO of ReCapturing the Vision International has resulted in numerous awards and accolades, including the 2003 Humanitarian of the Year award from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, a nomination to the President’s Advisory Board on HIV/AIDS, and a state commendation from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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Kerri Pomarolli

Cool-Down Speaker

Kerri Pomarolli is a stand-up comedian, actress and author based in Los Angeles.

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Deborah Adishian-Astone

Secrets of Bold Leadership

Debbie is the Vice President for Administration and interim CFO at Fresno State overseeing Facilities Management, Public Safety, Human Resources, Financial Services, Auxiliary Operations and Organizational Excellence.

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Lee Ayres

How to Improve the Landscapes of Your Life

Lee serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Tree Fresno, a non-profit organization founded in 1985 which has planted more than 42,000 trees.

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Armen Bacon

Embrace Your Own Journey

Armen Bacon made her authorial debut with the powerful memoir, “Griefland – An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship,” a story of two women whose words and astonishing friendship helped them survive the ultimate loss.

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Paula Castadio

Secrets of Bold Leadership

Paula Castadio is the Vice President for University Advancement at Fresno State.

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Mary Castro

Secrets of Bold Leadership

Mary Borges Castro has been the First Lady at California State University, Fresno since 2013, when her husband Joseph Castro became the University’s eighth president.

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Clara Chorley

How Smart, Savvy Women Can Conquer Change & Challenge in the Workplace

For more than a decade, Clara Chorley has helped leadership teams resolve blind spots and communication glitches that slow down progress.

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Anne Clemons

How to Improve the Landscapes of Your Life

After obtaining a degree in biology from Fresno State, Anne began a career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

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Angeleen Corona

The Illusion of Powerlessness

After experiencing a complete breakdown, Angeleen Corona learned that getting well for her meant healing from the inside out.

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Lisa Ann Golik, MD, OB/GYN

All You Need to Know to Conquer Menopause (Sponsored by Saint Agnes Medical Center)

Dr. Golik is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist of Saint Agnes Medical Providers, specializing in gynecology and pelvic surgery, who has been practicing in Fresno, California since 2011.

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Anna Gonzalez

The Six Social Media Mistakes You & Your Business are Making

Anna Gonzalez is a public relations and social media professional based out of Fresno, California.

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Alison Haugan

Leading Up in a World Falling Down

Alison Haugan is a pioneering entrepreneur, business growth strategist, and speaker.

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Susan Hatch

Stop the Medicare Madness! Shocking New Medicare Secrets Revealed

Susan Hatch (PHIAS- Professional Health Insurance of Advanced Studies) is an objective advocate, analyst and talk radio guest about Medicare Supplements.

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Dina Juve

REAL Fast Food (a.k.a. good-for-you food that you can make quickly!)

Dina Juve is a weight loss specialist, fitness guru and transformation expert with 16 years in the health and fitness industry.

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Pearl Ma, MD

Break on Through to the Other Side of Health: How to Fight Obesity, Diabetes and Other Health Challenges (Sponsored by Community Medical Centers)

Dr. Pearl Ma is a born and raised Iowa native and moved out to California, where she completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine from University of California, Davis.

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Rhonda Murphy

Lose Weight and Feel GREAT

Rhonda Murphy is a top Personal Trainer for the Central Valley and a motivational speaker and worksite wellness coach who specializes in health and fitness programs for business.

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Martin Oftedal

Macy's Fashion Show: Embrace Your Wardrobe Journey (Sponsored by Macy's)

Martin Oftedal, a native of Fresno, has been working in the retail fashion industry for the past 20 years and has been an executive with Macy’s for more than 16 years.

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Emy Lopez Phillips, EdD

Finding Your Family History

Emy Lopez Phillips, EdD, is an Assistant Professor in the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State.

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Kathleen Scott

Secrets of Bold Leadership

Kathleen is the Director of Organizational Excellence at Fresno State overseeing organizational, professional and leadership development programs designed to nurture a culture of change and innovation.

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Jean Steel

Run Wild and Kick A**

Jean is excited to be speaking for her 4th time at CCWC, one of her favorite conferences EVER.


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Mary Thielscher

The Feng Shui of Volunteering

Born in California, Mary moved to Ethiopia, Africa at the age of four. With a father in the government, she spent nine years of her childhood overseas, affording her a unique global view and appreciation for our country.

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Brianna Woodsford

How to Improve the Landscapes of Your Life

Brianna grew up in Fresno’s back yard— the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She spent her childhood climbing trees, playing in creeks and sleeping under the stars. She carried her love for nature and the outdoors into her adulthood, where it has impacted and shaped her career.


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Lynnette Zelezny, PhD

Secrets of Bold Leadership

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, a Fresno State alumnae and veteran academic administrator, is the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, serving in this capacity since June 1, 2014.

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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 2017  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 2017 CCWC Women’s Conference.