The Oprah Winfrey experience is coming to San Jose.

The media mogul -- and one of the most influential women in the world -- on Wednesday announced an eight-city fall tour that will wind up with a Nov. 14-15 appearance at the SAP Center.

It's called "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" tour and the plan is to pack arenas for a two-day experience. Friday will feature a keynote speech by Winfrey, who will share her personal story and advice. That will be followed by a full day of group activities and speakers picked by Winfrey. Among those signed to participate: "Eat Pray Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert, pastor Rob Bell, OWN star Iyanla Vanzant and, in select cities, guru Deepak Chopra.

The tour, sponsored by Olay and Toyota, promises participants a "transformational weekend."

Tickets, starting at $99, will go on sale to the general public beginning April 7 at 10 a.m. at www.oprah.com/tour.

"All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space," Winfrey said in a media release put out by her cable TV network, OWN. "I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it."

Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter that a U.S. tour has been atop her "bucket list" since she conducted a speaking circuit in Canada in early 2013. And although the "Life You Want" events will be much larger in scale, her message remains the same.


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"It's about living the life you want, because a great percentage of the population is living a life that their mother wanted, that their husband wanted, that they thought or heard they wanted," she told THR, adding that she will use the platform to push themes of "empowerment, resilience and authenticity."

Other cities on the tour include Atlanta (Sept. 5-6), Auburn Hills, Mich. (Sept. 12-13), Washington D.C. (Sept. 19-20), Newark, N.J. (Sept. 26-27), Houston (Oct. 17-18), Miami (Oct. 24-25), and Seattle (Nov. 7-8).

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