The 25th Annual Central Valley Women's Conference drew another sellout crowd to downtown Fresno Tuesday with Jamie Lee Curtis as the keynote speaker. The purpose of the conference is to encourage women in both personal and professional aspects of life.
Curtis made quite an entrance, first running behind a black curtain, then popping out as her name was announced. The award winning actress, children's book author and activist addresses dozens of women before the actual luncheon. The smaller setting was something she says she wasn’t prepared for.
“I might jump out from behind a curtain; I don't do any imitations or funny voices. I can cry like a baby,” said Curtis before quite accurately imitating a baby crying.
Improvising her way through life is just how Curtis likes it, especially when it comes to her career.
“I literally fell into acting. It was a complete accident that I ended up becoming an actor. I would have been a cop,” said Curtis.
In front of an audience of 3,500, Curtis' message is to embrace what makes us unique and infuse humor as much as possible. Attendee Amanda Reev says they were words she needed to hear.
“You realize you have to stop sometimes and let life happen to you instead of making things happen,” said Reev.
The conference allows people to learn, network and give back. Proceeds from the event are donated to organizations that help women.
“Over the years we've given more than half a million dollars to those organizations and we will continue to do so with money from this year,” said organizer Betsy Hays.