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Powerful Women Awards

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Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards

Join the Northern Nevada Business Weekly in celebration of the Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards.

The Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards is the event to bring the community together to recognize the contribution of the Top-20 Powerful Women to their professions, philanthropy and community. Special Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to three Sierra Nevada Matriarchs in recognition of their legacy. Top-10 Editor’s Choice Awards will recognize ten women for exemplary achievements and commitment to the region. The event features an inspirational keynote address, welcome remarks from Mayor Hillary Schieve, and special recognition of the next generation of powerful women — those young women and girls who are already making a difference. The jam-packed agenda is over a luncheon with networking, mentorship and celebration!


Powerful Women Awards Emcee

Connie Wray, On Air Personality 

Bill, Connie and RJ in the Morning


Radio Host Connie Wray of “Bill, Connie and RJ In The Morning” on Alice 96.5 has been waking-up Northern Nevada every morning for the past 20 years! Connie is also an advocate for our community. Most recently, she helped raise over $100 Thousand dollars for Renown Children’s Hospital through the Alice@96.5 36 Hours for Kids Radiothon. She is also an emcee, voice talent, and small business owner. And is honored to be the official Emcee for Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards.

Opening Address by


Hillary Schieve, 28th Mayor of Reno


Hillary L. Schieve was elected as Reno’s Mayor on November 4, 2014. She is the owner and operator of three businesses in the City of Reno and is one of the four founding members of the Midtown District. Most recently, she has worked diligently to reform and revitalize downtown Reno and has, in partnership with the Reno City Council, formed an Operation Downtown group focused on reimagining and revitalizing the downtown corridor.


Keynote Address by


Liz Goodgold, Speaker, Author, Coach & Brand Master

Red Fire Branding

Liz Goodgold is a branding expert who works with entrepreneurs and corporations to brand and speak better. From managing part of the $650 million Quaker Oats brand, she shares how to brand out, stand out, and cash in on your brand, just like the revered consumer product. With a fireball of energy, Liz has custom-created talks for Pfizer, Warner Bros, Meals on Wheels, Qualcomm and 200 other companies. Quick with a quip, she’s been on every national news channel and 2 TV series including Hollywood Scandals and The Kennedy Files. She’s also the author of 3 books including RedFire Branding and How to Speak Gooder.


How to Have the Courage, Chutzpah, & Commitment to Live Your Authentic Brand

In this inspirational, yet practical keynote, branding expert Liz Goodgold arms you with the courage to display your authentic self on a daily basis. From letting the real you shine in business settings to unveiling your personality in social media, you walk away with ways to make deeper connections…and stronger bonds. In essence, this talk is about sharing the brilliant brand called “you!”



Date: May 30, 2018

Registration Opens: 11:00am

Event: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa


Top-40 Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Finalists


Karen Abowd

Co-owner, Café at Adele’s; Carson City Supervisor; Founder The Greenhouse Project

Claudia Andersen

CEO, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

Erin Anderson

Owner, Atlas Peak Advisors

Clara Andriola

Executive Director, Reno Rodeo Foundation

Cheree Boteler

Senior Marketing Specialist, UAS Project Manager, NV Energy

Cindy Carano

Executive Director, Eldorado Resorts

Sharon Chamberlain

CEO, Northern Nevada HOPES

Shari Chase

Founder, Chase International; Hela Bima Rice Project

Allison Clift-Jennings

Co-founder and CEO, Filament

Traci Davis

Superintendent of Washoe County School District

Cheraz Ecker

General Manager, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Nancy Fennell

President, Dickson Realty

Valerie Glenn

CEO, The Glenn Group

Angila Golik

Teacher, Carson High School; 2015 Nevada’s Best FBLA Advisor

Britton Griffith

VP Reno Engineering Corp., City of Reno Planning Commissioner

Angela Handler

Owner, Loka Tile; Founder, 39 Downtown

Debby Herman

Senior Vice President/Regional manager, Nevada State Bank

Ashley Hogan

Teacher, Dayton Elementary School; Nevada History Teacher of the Year

Melissa Holland

Executive Director, AwakenReno

Sarah Johns

Blockchains, PR; former KOLO 8 news anchor

Celeste Johnson

PHR, The Applied Companies

Erin Krug

Director Global Process Management, Microsoft

Amy Lessinger

Owner, RE/MAX Realty Affliates

Gina Lopez Hill

Director, Brewery Arts Center

Doreen Mack

Owner, Lofty Expressions; Founder & President, Downtown 2020 Group

Jennifer Rogers Markwell

Financial Advisor, Fidelity Investments; Girl Scouts

Debbie McCarthy

Co-founder, Bliss Babe magazine; Owner, About Town Deb

Carol Nicholson

Corporate Sales, Hilton; Founder, Nevada Mustang Fine Art Show

Ann Morgan

Employment and General Business Litigation Attorney, Fennemore Craig; Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada

Dr. Erin Oksol

Owner, Psychology of Mission

Kate Patay

Owner, Patay Consulting

Shari Pheasant

Founder, Horse Power Strategies

Renee Plain

CEO, In Plain Sight Marketing, LLC; Boards of Partnership Carson City’ Carson City Culture & Tourism Authority

Margie Quirk

Owner, Lone Mountain Veterinary Hospital

Margie Roma

First American Title, Senior Escrow Officer

Sherry Rupert

Executive Director, State of Nevada Indian Commission

Jessica Schneider

Owner, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Visionary Reno

Lisa Schuette

Chairwoman, Carson Animal Services Initiatives; Smile for Lifetime

Carol Scott

Director, Wild Horse Children’s Theatre

Mena Spodobalski

Founder, Evoke Fitness Training Facility; Co-founder, Breast Cancer 2 Bikini




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