updated 06/17/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/17/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
It takes quite the woman to get these heavy hitters mobilized for a cause! Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Jessica Simpson, Deepak Chopra and Laura Ling are among the newsmakers and Hollywood names slated to headline at the Women’s Conference 2010 hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
With a mission of “empowering, inspiring and educating women”, the annual conference expands to three days this year, Shriver will announce Thursday. It kicks off in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday, October 24, with a March on Alzheimer’s to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease.
Among the program highlights will be Diane Sawyer’s conversation between The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a “kitchen table conversation” between Matt Lauer and Schwarzenegger where the Governor will reflect on his seven years in office and discuss what’s next. Others in the lineup include Mary J. Blige, Erin Brockovich, Sally Field, Jane Fonda and Jillian Michaels.
“With this year’s theme of ‘It’s Time,’ we are hoping The Women’s Conference inspires women to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves, our communities and our world as Architects of Change,” says Shriver, adding that the kick-off Alzheimer’s march is important because, “I believe it’s time to pick up the pace and start marching to defeat this devastating disease.”