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Bakersfield Women's Business Conference

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From its inception, the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference has been a platform for women to help grow their businesses and improve their personal and professional lives. Our one-day event provides a setting for information sharing, skills development, and personal growth that brings enrichment to the lives of all attendees.

BWBC is where you can invest in yourself on a personal and professional level.  Wherever you’re at in your career, there is something for everyone here. From small business owners and corporate leaders to recent grads and job seekers, all community members are welcome.

Every aspect of our conference is designed to encourage, educate, and empower women in our community. Join us on Thursday, April 28, 2022 to see what it’s all about! 

2021-2022 Conference Team

Kristi Culligan, 2022 BWBC Chair

Aera Energy

Natesha "T" Johnson, 2022 BWBC Vice Chair

Upside Productions

Executive Board Members

Susan Spears

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

R.O.S.E Mentor Program Coordinator

Norma Rojas-Mora

Bakersfield College

Power Pitch Coordinator

Staci Martinez

California Resources Corporation

Workshops Committee Leader

Colleen Bauer

Fairy Godmother Wedding & Event Planning

Deanna Blaise

Valley Strong Credit Union


Kathryn Mears

University of LaVerne

Exhibitor Committee Leader

Jessica Neeley

Dignity Health

Keynote Committee Leader

Janelle Capra

Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County

Marketing Coordinator

Amy Thelen

Bitwise Industries

Workshops Committee Leader

Advisory Board Members

Marelle Williams

2021 BWBC Chair

Christina Springstead

2016 BWBC Chair

Springstead Solutions

Norma Rojas-Mora

2019 BWBC Chair

Bakersfield College

Deanna Blaise

2013 BWBC Chair

Valley Strong Credit Union

Colleen Bauer

2009 BWBC Chair

Fairy Godmother Wedding & Event Planning

Dayna Nichols

2004 BWBC Chair

LaMeka Ross

2012 BWBC Chair

Aera Energy

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