First Lady Michelle Obama is the headliner of The Women's Conference./White House official photo

 Los Angeles, CA – California First Lady Maria Shriver today announced that First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will join the extraordinary lineup of newsmakers and world opinion leaders confirmed for The Women’s Conference 2010.  Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, the conference will run from Sunday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26.

Mrs. Obama, in her second appearance at the conference, will speak during the Opening Session of The Main Event on Tuesday, October 26th in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,000 attendees.

“I am honored to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama back to The Women’s Conference. Mrs. Obama and I not only share a commitment to service, women, military families, community health and many other issues, but also share the role of wife and mother, of which she is a stunning example,” said Maria Shriver.

“I’m so proud that The Women’s Conference has become a destination where extraordinary newsmakers like Mrs. Obama come together for authentic, honest and civilized conversations that you cannot find anywhere else. I look forward to hearing her speak and share how her life has changed since she first took to our stage in 2007.”

This is Mrs. Obama’s second appearance at The Women’s Conference. In 2007, Shriver gathered for the first time in one place five spouses of the 2008 Presidential candidates: Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain, Ann Romney, Jeri Kehn Thompson and future First Lady Michelle Obama. Shriver moderated a conversation about the rigors of the campaign trail but also the trials and tribulations of balancing motherhood, careers, relationships and personal identity that apply not only to political wives but to women at the Conference and across the country all seeking to be Architects of Change.

 At The Women’s Conference in 2007, Mrs. Obama spoke candidly about the challenges of raising strong, confident and nurtured children in the midst of a presidential race, relaying to the crowd a story where she and future President Barack Obama discussed how their young daughters would be impacted by the campaign trail or life in the White House. 

“You have to be a good father in addition to being a good president,” Mrs. Obama said. “And you can do both.” The conversation continued The Women’s Conference’s tradition of pairing the world’s most fascinating people together regardless of political affiliation in non-partisan discussion about the issues that matter the most to women.

 This year’s conference will be no different  – for the first time ever a sitting governor will convene with the two opposing candidates in an unprecedented conversation: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California gubernatorial Candidates Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R) will participate in a discussion moderated by TODAY Show anchor Matt Lauer titled “Who We Are, Where Are We Going.” This will be the first and only conversation between Schwarzenegger, Brown and Whitman to discuss the past, present and future of California and the nation.

 Also joining Mrs. Obama in the stellar lineup of The Women’s Conference Main Event is former First Lady Laura Bush, Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, The Honorables Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Nicholas Kristof, Robert Redford, Erin Brockovich, Rosario Dawson, Journalists Laura Ling and Lisa Ling, Sarah McLachlan, Poet Mary Oliver, Suze Orman, The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop and Primate The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Howard Schultz, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Jessica Simpson, Brian Williams and more than 150 of the world’s greatest voices, hearts and minds.

 This year’s conference has been produced around the overarching theme of “It’s Time,” which is intended to inspire people from all walks of life to see this challenging moment in history as an opportunity to come together and transform ourselves and our communities as Architects of Change.

 Also announced last week is the debut of The Modern House Call for Women, a groundbreaking three-day event that will provide a range of free medical, dental, financial and educational services to under-served women in the Long Beach area. The Modern House Call For Women will take place from Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24 at The Walter Pyramid at California State University at Long Beach.

The Modern House Call for Women is a partnership with health clinics, medical groups and community-based organizations, including the Harbor Dental Society, CA Department of Health and Human Services, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, Amrit Davaa World Health Corp, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, CareNow, Inc., among many others.

 Some of the free services include vision, dental, mammograms, bone density, immunizations, PAP smears and more.

Patients will be able to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis during a pre-registration event on Sunday, October 17th from 1PM-5PM at Long Beach City College on Pacific Coast Highway (PCC Campus), 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90806. Event organizers are expecting a high level of demand for the free medical services, so all patients must pre-register and receive a wristband to access the clinic. For more information, visit http://themodernhousecall.com or call 877-490-9284.