Annual Conference - 2023 (POST) - Professional BusinessWomen of California

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We came to Engage—for opportunity, connection and transformation


While progress for women in the workplace has stalled, and even reversed, thousands from around the world chose to Engage at PBWC’s 34th Annual Conference. 


Recognizing the power of community and a collective desire to do right and do well, attendees logged on to draw energy and inspiration from one another. Engage took on a unique meaning for each individual’s personal vision and aspirations. From recognizing one’s worth and being present to building connections and skills that impact career growth, the PBWC community heard from luminaries and thought-leaders making meaningful change within their organizations, industries and beyond.


Check out highlights from the 2023 program:

Since 1989, PBWC has gathered female professionals and allies from diverse backgrounds, genders and ages united by a shared vision of equal access to opportunity. Our highly-anticipated annual conference delivers skill-building, inspiration and networking opportunities to women at all career levels.


PBWC’s 34th Annual Conference welcomed influential and engaging keynote speakers, including:

  • Jennifer Coolidge, one of Time100’s 2023 Most Influential People in the World
  • Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
  • Robin Arzón, VP of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor, Peloton and 2x New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International, TV Host and Author
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

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Here’s what Engage attendees loved about the conference:

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Other notable past conference keynote speakers include:

  • Sylvia Acevedo
  • Angela Ahrendts DBE
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Mary C. Daly
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Jane Fonda
  • Chetna Gala-Sinha
  • Jennifer Granholm
  • Congresswoman Deb Haaland
  • Carla Harris
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Mellody Hobson
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Valerie B. Jarrett
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Dr. Bernice A. King
  • Lisa Ling
  • Rita Moreno
  • Ai-Jen Poo
  • Cecile Richards
  • Geena Rocero
  • Reshma Saujani
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Maria Shriver
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Dr. Tererai Trent
  • Lena Waithe
  • Venus Williams