Past Conferences

Bakersfield Women's Business Conference

2022 Conference

Kristi Culligan, 2022 BWBC Chair

Keynote Speaker: Amy Purdy

Paralympic Snowboarder and Author

Opening Speaker: Bryan Terrell Clark

Actor, Singer, and Songwriter

2021 Conference

Marelle Williams, 2021 BWBC Chair

Keynote Speaker: Jillian Michaels

Fitness icon and NYT Bestselling Author

Opening Speaker: Amy Thelen

Vice President of Bitwise Bakersfield

Closing Speaker: Anthony Robles

National Wrestling Champion

2019 Conference

Norma Rojas-Mora, 2019 BWBC Chair

Keynote Speaker: Shannen Doherty


Opening Speaker: Raji Brar

COO Countryside Market & Restaurants

Closing Speaker: Jay Shetty

Award-winning host, storyteller, and viral content creator

2018 Conference

Diane Williams, 2018 BWBC Chair

Keynote Speaker: Laila Ali

Professional boxer & TV personality

Opening Speaker: Sonya Christian

President, Bakersfield College

Closing Speaker: Cedric Crawford

Author, entrepreneur, and life coach

2016 Conference

Christina Springstead, 2016 BWBC Chair

Keynote Speaker: Naomi Judd

Country Music Star

Opening Speaker: Amy Adams

Actress, speaker, and former “American Idol” contestant

Closing Speaker: Rachel Hollis

NYT Bestselling author and Hollis Co. founder

Past Keynote Speakers

2015: Dara Torres, five time Olympian, and author

2014: Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook marketer, author, and business owner

2013: Giuliana Rancic, broadcaster and reality TV star

2012: Tyra Banks, super-model and entrepreneur

2011: Gloria Allred, attorney

2010: Joan Lunden, broadcaster

2009: Vickie Lawrence, comedian

2008: Soledad O ‘ Brien, News Broadcaster

2007: Nancy Brinker, Founder of the Susan G. Komen Center For The Cure

2006: Jayne Seymour, actress and author

2005: Kathy Ireland, model and entrepreneur

2004: Olympic gold medalist, Mary Lou Retton

2003: Dr. Cheryl Shavers, former Undersecretary of Commerce

2002: Debbi Fields, founder Mrs. Fields Cookies

2001: Linda Carter, actress from the hit television series “Wonder Woman”

2000: Gail Sheehy, author of “Passages”

1999: Deborah Norville, host of the TV program Inside Edition

1998: Linda Ellerbee, Journalist

1997: Beverly Sills, Soprano and community activist

1996: Former Texas Governor, Ann Richards

1995: Olympic Gold Medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee

1994: Sheri Poe, founder of Ryka Athletic Footwear

1993: Muriel Siebert, first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange

1992: Elizabeth Dole, attorney, author, and politician

1991: Former First Lady, Betty Ford