Bako ladies shine on

Alana Garrett, Reporter

By Alana Garrett


Business women and many others alike gathered at the 2013 Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference.

The Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference was April 18, at the Rabobank Arena.

The conference started off with a continental breakfast and a kickoff speech from Lynda Resnick, an entrepreneur and billionaire. Resnick owns POM Wonderful and Fiji water brands.

After the speech, the attendees were free to roam the conference and visit with the various vendors and businesses that were in attendance. Vendors offered information and even some free services such as the Brazilian Wax Boutique that gave out free eyebrow waxes.

Kelly 95.3 radio hosts Danny Hill and Niki Reyes were in attendance at the event interviewing a few of the speakers and workshop presenters.

The conference also had workshops that were presented by successful businesswomen like Denise Winston, author of the book “Money Starts Here!”

Winston held a workshop on saving finances.

Marian Cadwell, 33, an attendee to the event said, “Denise’s tips were very useful.” Cadwell also went on to say that “I’m going to buy her book, it seemed like it could be very useful.”

During the lunch at the conference, attendees were entertained by E! News reporter Giuliana Rancic. Rancic is a star of the reality show “Guiliana and Bill.”

Rancic told a very inspirational and emotional story about her battle with infertility and breast cancer. Rancic ended her speech by encouraging the attendees to “Do what you love, but also do what your good at.”

Perla Veloz, 19, a business major at Bakersfield College, said, “I feel motivated by Guiliana’s speech. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad I was able to learn something.”

The conference ended with a closing speech from Robin Mangarin-Scott a former KGET Channel 17 news anchor and was sponsored by many companies including State Farm and Chevron.

The event is held annually. For more information go to their website