Those were just three tables among many within the Paradise Ballroom packed with all kinds of strong, poised women, supported by colleagues, men and children who fiercely encourage their success. Tables of people were buzzing with excitement ahead of the ceremony, every inch of standing room occupied by women networking, congratulating one another and even becoming teary-eyed at the show of profound support. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve took to the stage for the opening address, saying she felt blessed to be among so many trailblazing women in a city predominantly led by women — with renegades at the helm of business from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, to NV Energy and the Reno City Manager, to name a few.
Today we are proving that Reno Women are Renegades thanks to @NNBizView #snpowerfulwomen awards luncheon! Nothing better than being in a room full of women lifting each other up! pic.twitter.com/AL4XGrmD7Q— Hillary Schieve (@MayorSchieve) May 31, 2018
Renowned branding expert Liz Goodgold delivered the event’s keynote address, challenging the audience to identify their personal brand with the question: “What makes you innately, you?” She spoke about moving across the country years ago from New York to California, when she had one of her biggest learning lessons.
An absolute honor and humbling experience. When nominated amongst 175 women. I was pretty surprised! When I made it to top 40 I was completely shocked. I mean really! Who I am as a Gym owner, coach/trainer to be amongst these entrepreneurs, movers and shakers, philanthropists who are creating a community to be proud of! I didn’t expect to hear my name today! But when I did the emotions were big! HUGE! Top 10 life moments! To all the girls out there dreaming, girl, you got this!!!! Just go for it!!! That room was filled with women with big dreams, big ideas, big hearts and big impact! And I’m one of them! Me! Yes I cried! Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I’m blessed more than I deserve!❤️ #nnbw #snpowerfulwomen #evokefitness #entrepreneur #smallbusinessowner #ladyboss #biggestlittlecity #northernnevadabusinessweekly
She didn’t like her beautiful, naturally red hair and fair skin, she shared, so she grabbed a bottle of baby oil, a bottle of Sun-In and a reflector shield and headed for the roof of her family’s apartment building to transform herself into a California blonde with a rocking tan. “After paying homage to the sun gods for four hours, I was burned so badly I could see the welts forming, and my mother said, ‘what were you thinking?’” Goodgold said. “I just wanted to be like everyone else, and she said, ‘you’re never going to be like anyone else.’”
The master brander credited her mother for launching her career and embracing the brand called “me.” Embracing your personal brand can be scary, and Goodgold says it takes courage — or, “vagones” (a play on “cojones”) — to accomplish, but once you do, you move deeper from surface-level conversations and connect better with others. After Goodgold’s inspiring keynote, awards were announced. Winners accepted their honors, thanked their families and colleagues, and shared words of wisdom that they would have advised their 20-year-old selves.
“Always go for the next promotion even if you don’t think you’re qualified. Self-doubt stands in the way of opportunities, be your own biggest supporter,” said Debby Herman, senior vice president and regional manager of Nevada State Bank. When Valerie Glenn, CEO of The Glenn Group, accepted her award, her words of wisdom to her younger self were to take time for self-care, as it’s easy to get wrapped up in building your career — it may feel frivolous, but will contribute to success in the long run.
Suuuuper grainy pics cuz we were all too busy celebrating!!!! Thank you NNBW for such a prestigious award. The rambling acceptance speech is on @facebook if you want to giggle at me being choked up. The 2nd to last pic is typical me....”Ok, everyone be serious. We mean you, Kate.” #snpowerfulwomen #top20 #nnbw #pataylife #strongwomen #leaders #friends #patayconsulting #dotherightthing
“This is an amazing city we have, filled with amazing women — and men, by the way,” she said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the interactions and relationships over my career.” Glenn also pointed to more recent studies showing better financial results and fewer governance issues with women at the helm of business, saying, “I would highly recommend that leadership management teams have a significant number of women, because it could make a difference in your bottom line and business results,” to which the room burst into applause. Sierra Nevada Top-40 Powerful Women finalists — each of whom were spotlighted for their powerful voices, accomplishments and mentorship of young leaders — before announcing the Top-20 Powerful Women winners. Additionally, several special awards were presented to a bevy of powerful women to celebrate their exemplary achievements and commitment to the region. The full winners list is below: 2018 Sierra Nevada Top-20 Powerful Women:
Very proud of my friend, @jenniferrogersmarkwell! From day one Jennifer has always supported me and she's an example of a woman who supports and empowers other women! Congrats on your recognition, Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman award! ?? #themoneygirl #masonmac #masonmacreno #renotahoe #reno #sparks #tahoe #snpowerfulwomen #nnbw #empower #strongwomen