Maria Shriver's Minerva Awards Promote Humanitarianism, Women Leaders

06/02/2010 02:26 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sandra Day O'Connor and Oprah Winfrey are no strangers to being honored, but this October may bring one of the most important and well-received of their careers.

An annual two-day event hosted by Maria Shriver, The Women's Conference brings together international leaders and dedicated humanitarians for a celebration of the remarkable women who are creating change in the world.

Winfrey and O'Connor join Carolyn Blashek, Oral Lee Brown and Sister Terry Dodge as this year's Minerva Award recipients. Since their inception in 2004, The Minerva Awards have become one of the most prestigious given to women humanitarians.

From The Women's Conference:

"This year's Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others," said Maria Shriver. "These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them."

The Minerva Award winners were announced this morning on Good Morning America.