Candy Chang to speak at MGM Women's Leadership Conference

Jun 15, 2018 9:20 AM

Candy Chang, noted artist and urban designer will speak about love, loss and fulfilling goals at The MGM Resorts Foundation's 12th annual Women's Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference is set for Aug. 27-28 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

"Candy Chang's story – about losing a loved one and living your life to the fullest – is certain to resonate with WLC attendees," said conference organizer Dawn Christensen, Executive Director of National Diversity Relations for MGM Resorts International. "It's so easy to lose focus on the important things in life, the things we all want to accomplish before we die. Candy's artwork and its inspirational message will serve as a reminder to others to set goals and work toward accomplishing them."

Chang was inspired to create her best-known art exhibit "Before I Die" after losing a loved one in 2012. This project transformed the external walls of an abandoned house in New Orleans into a blank canvas. Those passing by were encouraged to write in chalk to finish the sentence "Before I die I want to..."

Hundreds of people wrote out their greatest desires, such as "eat all the candy and sushi in the world, tell my mother I love her," and other messages.

The participatory project is now a global phenomenon with over 4,000 Before I Die walls in over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.

The 2018 Women's Leadership Conference theme is "Women Inspiring Women." Registration is $499 and includes the two-day conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches.