Laila Ali, a fitness expert, boxing champion, actress, cooking enthusiastic, mother and the daughter of Muhammad Ali, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Bakersfield Women's Business Conference, it was announced Tuesday.

“The theme for the 2018 Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference is ‘A New You Starts Now,'" organizers said in a news release. "Speakers and workshops will highlight all different areas of how a woman can begin to reinvent herself in all areas of her life such as health, family and career.

"We feel that Laila’s story will inspire women to pursue as many goals as they wish and that now is always a good time to start.”

The conference will be held April 19, 2018, at the Rabobank Convention Center. Information about it will be updated at www.bakersfieldwomen.org. For sponsorship opportunities, call 378-4707 or send an email to bakersfieldwomen@gmail.com.

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