Geena Davis keynotes Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference

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Acclaimed actress Geena Davis took the stage at the 10th annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference, delivering her keynote speech to more than 2,000 women in attendance Thursday, May 11, at Ford Park in Beaumont. The all-day event showcased the latest in health and wellness and culminated in a champagne toast and diamond giveaway to one lucky attendee.

Davis is most known for her roles in Tim Burton’s dark comedy “Beetlejuice” (1988) and was the surprise winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Accidental Tourist” (1988). She is also known for her role in the very successful “Thelma & Louise” (1991), directed by Ridley Scott, and garnered an Academy Award nomination. Davis also starred in “A League of Their Own” (1992) with Tom Hanks.

As they lunched during the conference, Davis shared with Southeast Texas women insights not only about her experiences in Hollywood — specifically, trying out for some of her most iconic roles — but also about taking up the sport of archery at the age of 41 and becoming a semi-finalist for the Olympic trials. Her message of setting goals and attacking with laser-like focus, but making sure to stay flexible enough to change direction when life’s little twists call for it, visibly resonated with many.

Davis had the crowd laughing along with some of her tales about coming up in Hollywood and listening intently to her candid revelations about past marriages and her most impactful role yet — parent. She shared how it was this time in her life that ultimately inspired her to begin researching gender disparity in media and to establish the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to affect change in the industry and in the world.

Since 2008, over 20,000 women in Southeast Texas have attended the LiveWell Conference to grow, learn and take charge of their lives and health. The day featured a series of free health screenings, a shopping area, presentations by leading physicians on health and wellness and engaging seminars on the latest trends in fitness, beauty, DIY projects, parenting, and spiritual connection and growth.