Bakersfield Women's Business Conference

Mechanics Bank Theater on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Our theme for the 2024 Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, “Making the Impossible Possible,” embodies the spirit of resilience, innovation, and determination that defines every one of us. As we tackle something new whether it be a new business, career, education, project, or family, to name a few, we can achieve success when we surround ourselves with the right resources.

This year’s workshops will help attendees navigate through the new endeavors they choose to face and equip them with tools and a network to help them reach their goals. Let’s celebrate new connections, climbing the mountain of success together, and expanding our horizons with what’s possible! Join us in person at Mechanics Bank Theater on April 30, 2024.

BWBC 2024 is presented by our Platinum Sponsor, Valley Strong Credit Union.


Academy Award-Winning

Actress & Activist

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2021, Marlee was nominated once again as Executive Producer for the Live Action Short, Feeling Through. And in 2022, her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Despite the odds, Marlee’s journey is an inspiration to everyone, regardless of the barriers they face and she has refused to let the naysayers get in the way of her dreams of success. As she so aptly stated, “The only thing I can’t do is hear. The rest is there for the taking.”

Opening Speaker

Susan Saelee

Director of Operations, Blue Zones Project Bakersfield

Closing Speaker

Mari Pérez Dowling

President and CEO, United Way of Central Eastern California

The Conference Experience

The Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference is where you can invest in yourself on a personal and professional level. Your day is filled with engaging workshops, celebrity keynote speakers, unlimited networking, business expos, and more. Every aspect of our conference is designed to educate, encourage, and empower women.


Workshop Lineup

This year, we have 25+ workshop speakers covering topics on financial literacy, business technology, entrepreneurship, wellness, personal development, and more. There will be three workshop sessions on Conference Day and all are first come, first served. 

Sponsor Opportunities

BWBC has been a staple event in our community for three decades thanks to our sponsors. This is a great opportunity for your company to build relationships with 1,000+ businesswomen in Bakersfield and continue to support our community development.

Network with Exhibitors

We’ll have more than 60 exhibitor booths at BWBC throughout Mechanics Bank and Marriott. From small businesses and large organizations to nonprofits and entrepreneurs, attendees can network across various industries. See what exhibitors will be joining us.


Congratulations to the BWBC Board & to Marelle for a virtual conference well done! This was such a fun experience. Love you ladies and appreciate all of the hard work that you put into the each conference.

Hillary Haenes, 2021


Congratulations, this was an amazing event. Thank you for taking your time and energy to give us an amazing event. To the board members, you guys rock. Beautiful BWBC 2021, can’t wait until next year!

Ant Lands, 2021


Amazing speakers. Thank you all for sharing your stories and being here to speak with all of us.

Shauna Whiting, 2021

Contact Us

(661) 378-4707

PO Box 11049 • Bakersfield, CA  93389

April 30, 2024 at Mechanics Bank Theater