WALNUT CREEK, CA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) - The fifth annual East Bay Women's Conference, titled "Navigating Change - Facing Forward," will take place Monday, March 1 at the San Ramon Marriott from 8AM to 5PM. The conference, presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and The PMI Group, Inc. in association with Chevron, will be keynoted by award-winning journalist and host of National Geographic Explorer, Lisa Ling.

The acclaimed conference typically sells out to an audience of over 500 attendees and will feature other prominent Bay Area speakers: Kathy Buckley, known as "America's First Hearing Impaired Comedienne"; Lorrie Sullenberger, fitness expert and founder of Fit and Fabulous (and wife of local hero airline pilot Sully Sullenberger); and Sunne Wright McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund and former Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency among other government and non-government organizations.

The conference breakout sessions will be presented by industry experts in subjects such as personal growth, business leadership, professional development, women's health, and financial planning among others. There will be over 40 exhibitor booths, an end-of-day reception with entertainment, refreshments and surprises, according to organizers. In addition, John Muir Women's Health will offer screenings for cholesterol, bone density and blood pressure.

Among the sponsors of this year's event is De La Housaye & Associates, a Walnut Creek law firm active with women's organizations. Founder Angela De La Housaye is a winner of a Women's Initiative Pacesetter Award and she elected to sponsor the EBWC for two consecutive years now because of its impact on the East Bay and the opportunity for women business owners to gather and collaborate.

"Two years ago I met a woman at the conference, who later became an employee at our firm just by sitting next to her and striking up a conversation," De La Housaye recalls. "The caliber of business owners and speakers at this conference is practically unmatched. We are very pleased to be one of the sponsors at this East Bay event, anticipated all year, and which continues to sell out, in a compromised economy, because women want an uplifting and positive experience where they can collaborate with like minded business professionals."

Other sponsors of EBWC are The PMI Group, Inc., Chevron Corporation, AAA, AT&T, Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Broadway Plaza, Bay Area News Group, Business Point Impressions, Diablo Publications, Graphics Girl USA, John Muir Health, KGO Newstalk, Miller Starr Regalia, PG&E, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., San Francisco Business Times and Wells Fargo Bank.

About De La Housaye & Associates

De La Housaye & Associates is a business transactional and civil litigation firm with offices in Walnut Creek, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The firm provides clients small-firm attention with large-firm expertise. The attorneys analyze clients' businesses to identify vulnerabilities and strengths to sustain long-term success for their companies. For more information, visit De La Housaye & Associates at www.delahousayelaw.com or call 925-944-3300.

About the East Bay Women's Conference

The East Bay Women's Conference provides women an opportunity to come together and participate in a program of personal and professional enrichment, development, and networking activities; and to provide women the tools they need on the journey to their personal best as individuals, team members, and leaders in family, community, political, and business arenas. For more information about the Conference, contact Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, 925.934.2007; www.walnut-creek.com

Contact Information: Contact: Erica Zeidenberg For De La Housaye & Associates 925-631-0553