Shannen Doherty

Actress Shannen Doherty will headline the Bakersfield Women's Business Conference on April 25.

Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star and breast cancer survivor Shannen Doherty will be the keynote speaker at the Bakersfield Women's Business Conference in April.  

"We had discussed the idea of finding someone who was a breast cancer survivor because the chair for last year's conference passed away from (breast cancer) in the past year," said Irma Cervantes, chair of marketing for the conference.

Diane Williams, who owned Diane Williams Insurance, was last year's chair.

Cervantes said this year's organizers wanted to find a speaker who could express the importance of women taking care of themselves and living a healthy life. She said Doherty was sought by organizers before the recent death of her "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Luke Perry.

Known for her roles in a variety of popular television series, including "Little House on the Prairie," "Our House," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed," Doherty also has performed on the big screen with roles in such films as "Heathers," "Mall Rats" and "Christmas Caper."

Born in Memphis, Doherty's family moved to Los Angeles when she was 7. By the age of 10, she had made her professional television debut on "Father Murphy," which led to her role on "Little House."

Doherty is also a host of "Scare Tactics," director of "Charmed" and author of "Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude." In addition, Doherty co-hosts the Great American Country series "Off the Map With Shannen and Holly."

In 2015, Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been open throughout the process of her treatment, which has sparked a conversation in the media that she hopes inspires others fighting cancer.

The conference's opening speaker will be local businesswoman Raji Brar. The closing speaker will be Jay Shetty, a so-called "urban monk," British social media star and motivational speaker.

The conference takes place Thursday, April 25.

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