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Christus announces 10th annual LiveWell Women’s conference speaker

January 11, 2017

Award-winning actress Geena Davis will be the keynote speaker at this year’s 10th annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference, Christus released on Wednesday.

The “Beetlejuice” star will take the stage on May 11 at Ford Park, furthering her mission to advocate for women’s health and equality.

According to the release, Davis is the founder and chair of the nonprofit “Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media,” which engages film and television creators to increase the percentages of female characters - and reduce gender stereotyping - in media made for children 11 and under.

On top her nonprofit, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union and is the official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. In addition, Davis is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 classic, “Tootsie. In 1989, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the off-beat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s, “The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1992 for her performance in Ridley Scott’s, “Thelma & Louise.” In 1993, Davis received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball star Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.” Davis has also starred in films such as “The Fly,” “Angie,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Stuart Little.”

“Geena Davis epitomizes in her roles and in her daily life the grace, beauty, creativity, compassion, and power of a woman,” says Becky Howard, Christus Southeast Texas Health System conference lead. “We are honored that she will help us celebrate 10 years of discovering, reviving and shining all of the qualities that make us the women we are.”

Registration for the conference will run from March 28 through May 1 at www.christuslivewell.org. Those who register by April 3 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win two VIP tickets to meet and greet Davis, and two spa days at the Meridian Day Spa, the release states.

Shelly Vitanza, editor-in-chief of VIP Magazine of Southeast Texas and the Southeast Texas EventsBook, will emcee the conference, which also includes 20 sessions empowering women to improve their physical, spiritual and mental health will be featured.

Past speakers include Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Melissa Joan Hart, Jewel, Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank.

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