WOMEN’S WORLD: Media and political power players gathered Tuesday at the Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif. By noon, Robin Roberts had moderated a talk between California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Richard Branson and FDIC chairman Sheila Blair; Eve Ensler performed part of her latest play, “Emotional Creature”; activist Somaly Mam thanked Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive for helping her raise awareness in the U.S., and Katie Couric chatted with Annie Leibovitz about her financial situation. “I always let other people handle the finances. Those days are over. It was a good lesson. We are pulling ourselves out [of it],” the photographer said. When asked to dish about some of her famous portraits, Leibovitz laughed, “I still have a few more years I have to work,” but she did reveal she’s about to photograph Justice Sonia Sotomayor for Vogue. During lunch, “Meet The Press” host David Gregory moderated a talk between Madeleine Albright, Amy Holmes, Valerie B. Jarrett and Claire Shipman about women choosing between work and family. Couric, who called herself “an annoyingly upbeat” person, discussed resilience in the face of her husband’s death and her rocky “CBS Evening News” debut (the audience’s applause prompted her to say, “If only a third of you watched the ‘CBS Evening News’….Where are you people when I need you?). Maria Shriver, who founded the conference when Schwarzenegger, her husband, was elected governor of California, spoke about grief before moderating a panel between Elizabeth Edwards and Susan Saint James, who have both lost sons, and Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze’s widow. Afternoon speakers included Leive, Linda Ellerbee, Arianna Huffington, Hon. Hilda L. Solis and Caroline Kennedy. — Marcy Medina
October 28, 2009
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