Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to the West Coast this week for a string of paid speaking engagements in California, Nevada and Oregon.
CNN was first to report the trip back in January, when it was announced that Clinton – the favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 – would keynote a marketing event in San Francisco, headline a speaking tour in San Jose and talk health care with a group in San Diego.
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Since the report, Clinton has beefed up her itinerary with a speech to a Portland, Oregon based international women's group, as well as a scrap metal and recycling conference in Las Vegas.
As is true with nearly every trip Clinton takes, the travel is sure to spark talk about whether the former first lady and former senator will run for president in 2016. In the past month, Clinton has stepped deep into foreign and domestic politics during her appearances, especially issues that are in the new or being debated in Washington.
Clinton's trip starts on Tuesday at The Marketing Nation Summit, a three-day meeting of marketing experts from across the country at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The speech is being put on by Marketo, a company that makes software for marketing departments in all kinds of companies. The conference of around 5,000 people costs attendees upwards of $1,195 to attend.
Clinton will then head to Portland, Oregon where she will keynote the 2014 International Speakers Series for the World Affairs Council of Oregon on April 8. The event’s theme is "Women Changing the World," and organizers expect Clinton to address international women's issues in front of the 3,000 person audience.
Both of Clinton's appearance in San Francisco and Portland were – at one point – closed to the press. But earlier this month, organizers for both events opened them to the press after getting the go-ahead from Clinton's aides.
Her next event is on Thursday, where Clinton will keynote The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries annual conference in Las Vegas. ISRI is the trade association that represents the scrap recycling industry in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The event brings around 6,000 people together and is billed as the largest gathering of recyclers in the world. “Never before has there been such a must-attend scrap recycling event as ISRI2014,” said Chuck Carr, vice president of member services for ISRI.
Later that night in San Jose, California, Clinton will be part of the Unique Lives & Experiences speaker series. Clinton's speech is being billed as a "special event" for the group and Howard Szigeti, the event's promoter, said in January that the former first lady was booked because of her life story and the "crowds she can command."
The speech will take place at the San Jose State University Event Center. At capacity, the space – which usually hosts San Jose State University basketball games – fits 5,000 people. Tickets to the event run from $50 to $200, but some are being sold on Stubhub for over $500.
This is not the only event Clinton is doing with Unique Lives & Experiences this year. In addition to the San Jose event, she will appear at an event promoted by the group in a suburb of Denver in early June.
Clinton will cap off her week by appearing via satellite at the Western Health Care Leadership Academy in San Diego. The three-day event brings together physicians, students and other medical professionals, and President Barack Obama sweeping health care law is set to be a topic of conversation. Originally, the former first lady was going to appear at the conference in person, but according to event organizers, scheduling conflicts forced the satellite appearance.
"The Difference Matters," a protest group focused on the September 11, 2012, deaths of four Americans in Bengahzi, Libya has planned to picket the event and claim Clinton canceled her in-person appearance because she didn't want to confront the protests. Pat Smith, whose son Sean Smith died in the Benghazi terrorist attack, plans to lead the protest.
Organizers reject the claim, stating the in-person appearance was canceled solely because of scheduling conflicts.
A spokesperson for Clinton did not respond to a number of questions CNN asked about the former secretary of state's upcoming speeches.
The trip will also be closely followed by Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that is urging the Clinton to run for president. In each of Clinton's five stops, the group will have organizers signing people up and handing out information about the group.