Dr. Jill Biden speaks at sold-out East Bay Women’s Conference
Mar 6, 2018
At the East Bay Women’s Conference March 5, the paradigm of women in leadership shifted. Talk of “woulda, coulda, shoulda” leadership was out; real- life examples of what women have done, are doing and are determined to do more often were in.
Presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with primary partners John Muir Health and Stanford Children’s Health and other sponsors, the event held at the San Ramon Marriott sells out annually. Keynote speaker and former second lady Dr. Jill Biden and featured speakers addressed more than 500 Bay Area corporate and nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners, working professionals and mothers. Attendance was predominantly women, although men are welcome and a handful appear each year. Professional development workshops, casual networking, vendor exhibitions and a festive closing reception offered opportunities to fortify established relationships and forge new connections.
Whereas in past years the focus was on obtaining or finding balance within positions of power, the 13th annual conference illustrated new momentum. As always, stories women shared about what caused them to attend — or why a speaker or presenter chose a topic to highlight — were rooted in personal experiences and philosophies. Notably, women struggle, suffer, persevere and best overcome obstacles in the same way that men do: collectively. Personal stories embedded in presentations throughout the day — from two-time Olympic pentathlete Marilyn King’s rousing peace advocacy to sessions on structuring financial success to Biden’s robust, upbeat message — were characterized by confidence and hope. Energized by urgency, women spoke not just about desired change, but about making it happen.