Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at PBWC’s 28th Annual Conference ‘Inclusion Now’

Secretary Clinton will give the closing keynote address to a sold-out crowd of 6,000 businesswomen and men

San Francisco, CA – March 14, 2017

The Professional BusinessWomen of California is excited to announce that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at the 28th Annual PBWC Conference, held on March 28th, 2017 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

Secretary Clinton will address a sold-out crowd of 6,000 businesswomen and men. After breaking multiple glass ceilings during her four decades in public service — including making history as the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party — Secretary Clinton is an inspiration and a role model for women around the world.

The PBWC conference offers a full day of world-class keynote speakers, cutting-edge seminars by top thought-leaders, panels of industry experts, and networking opportunities with leading business executives. It brings together individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and industries to discuss today’s most relevant issues and catalyze careers.

Clinton joined the Children’s Defense Fund after graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, and continued her work for women, children and families during her time as First Lady of Arkansas. As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York.

In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state. In the 2008 general election, she campaigned for Barack Obama and Joe Biden and was subsequently nominated by President-elect Obama to be Secretary of State. In her four years as America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership.

Clinton will be joined at the PBWC conference by 50 distinguished women who will also discuss topics around the theme ‘Inclusion Now.’

Other speakers at the conference will include: Award-winning actress, advocate, and entrepreneur Rosario Dawson will discuss her luminous career, advocacy for women and Latina inclusion in her keynote address. Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson—known for her breakout roles as Cookie Lyon on groundbreaking hit Empire on Fox and real-life hero Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures—will also share her insights into the importance of inclusion and diversity. Other speakers include Nandita Bakhshi, President and CEO, Bank of the West and Memory Banda, a girls’ rights advocate who is leading the fight against child marriage in her home nation of Malawi.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in more than 20 workshops that provide invaluable opportunities for interactive learning, tactical training and purposeful networking. Over the course of the event, the PBWC Expo Marketplace will showcase nearly 50 businesses and nonprofit organizations.

PBWC is California’s premier non-profit organization working to support and advance professional women and achieve gender equity in professional settings. Founded by an enduring champion of gender equity, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, PBWC has been fighting for equal access to opportunity in professional settings for nearly thirty years. Women remain underrepresented in the halls of power in 2017, comprising just 15 percent of this nation’s C-suite positions. In almost every industry, we are over-represented on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder and paid less than our male counterparts for equal performance. ‘Inclusion Now’ is our collective opportunity to renew our commitment to making change—for ourselves, our colleagues, other underrepresented professionals, and young women beginning their professional journeys.


WHO: Professional BusinessWomen of California

WHAT: 28th Annual Conference, ‘Inclusion Now’

WHERE: Moscone Center West, San Francisco, CA

WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, 2017


PRESS CONTACT: Alexea Candreva, SSPR