Annual Conference - 2024 (POST EVENT) - Professional BusinessWomen of California

PBWC Commemorates 35 Years


PBWC convened an energized community from May 22-23, 2024, to connect, celebrate accomplished executive leaders, hear from preeminent thought leaders and professionals, and unveil a new class of remarkable scholarship award recipients.


PBWC’s 35th Anniversary Conference arrived at a mixed moment for women, with some prepared to take the world by storm and others stressed and struggling. The conference invited attendees to adopt a “career forward” mindset to achieve a 360 degree life, prioritize self-care, take risks for career growth, lead with vulnerability and authenticity, and learn and try something new every day.  


PBWC was honored by Speaker Emerita Pelosi’s office with a letter of congratulations on its 35th Anniversary, and was recipient of a Senate Resolution signed by a Northern California delegation of members of the California State Senate and Assembly. A vibrant outdoor expo marketplace, bustling recruiter hub, and celebratory closing reception featuring the all-female Mariachi Bonitas closed the event. It was an unforgettable experience!

Since 1989, PBWC has gathered women and allies with a shared vision of achieving gender equality in professional settings. Our highly-anticipated annual conference delivers skill-building, networking opportunities, and inspiration to women at all career levels.


PBWC’s 35th Anniversary Conference welcomed influential and engaging keynote speakers, including:

  • Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
  • Kara Swisher, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Host of On with Kara Swisher & Pivot Podcasts, Editor-At-Large at New York Magazine
  • Chip Conley, Author, Founder & CEO, Modern Elder Academy (MEA)
  • Grace Puma, Co-Author, Career Forward and Former Executive Vice President and COO at PepsiCo
  • Christiana Smith Shi, Co-Author, Career Forward and Former President, Nike Consumer Direct

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Other notable past conference keynote speakers include:

  • Sylvia Acevedo
  • Angela Ahrendts DBE
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Maya Angelou
  • Robin Arzón
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Jennifer Coolidge 
  • Mary C. Daly
  • Rosario Dawson
  • America Ferrera
  • Jane Fonda
  • Chetna Gala-Sinha
  • Amanda Gorman
  • Jennifer Granholm
  • Congresswoman Deb Haaland
  • Carla Harris
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Mellody Hobson
  • Reid Hoffman
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Valerie B. Jarrett
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Dr. Bernice A. King
  • Sallie Krawcheck
  • Lisa Ling
  • Cynt Marshall
  • Rita Moreno
  • Cecilia Muñoz
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Ai-Jen Poo
  • Cecile Richards
  • Geena Rocero
  • Eve Rodsky
  • Zainab Salbi
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Reshma Saujani
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Maria Shriver
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Dr. Tererai Trent
  • Lena Waithe
  • Meg Whitman
  • Venus Williams
  • Anne Wojcicki
  • Susan Wojcicki