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    Dorothy Eisenberg

    Dorothy Eisenberg

    Date of Birth:
    June 17, 1928
    Place of Birth:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Arrival in Las Vegas:
    Date of Interview:
    Interviewed by:
    Caryll Dziedziak

    Women’s Research Institute of Nevada
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455083
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5083

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    Dorothy Eisenberg’s long-term commitment to the Las Vegas community is evident in her work to improve education in Las Vegas, and her dedication to the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and the Clark County Democratic Party.

    Eisenberg was born in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child, she and her family moved to Philadelphia. She graduated from high school in 1946 and two years later married Ralph Weinstein, a businessman, and together they had four daughters. In 1960, her husband passed away in an airplane crash. After his death, she decided to get a college degree from Temple University in Philadelphia while raising her four daughters. Eisenberg received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1964. She met and married her second husband, Paul Eisenberg, a certified public accountant, while in school.

    The new family, consisting now of five daughters, moved to Las Vegas in 1964. Once in Las Vegas, Eisenberg opted to stay home and raise the children. However, she quickly became active with the newly formed Las Vegas League of Women Voters (LV-LWV). She served as president of the chapter from 1971-1973. During her time with the LV-LWV, the organization coordinated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a lawsuit to desegregate the Clark County schools. Eisenberg worked with the parents of school children to come up with a plan to guarantee equality in education. In 1972, Sixth Grade Centers were created in West Las Vegas, where West Las Vegas sixth-graders were bussed out to other valley schools and those children were bussed into the centers. The controversial plan enraged members of the white community and the Eisenberg family received personal threats.

    Eisenberg’s persistent dedication to education continues today, as she raises money for local schools through the Clark County Public Education Foundation. In 1991, a public school was named in her honor.

    Eisenberg is also a prominent member of the Las Vegas Jewish community. She was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, which provides a voice for the Jewish community and helps various local Jewish organizations.

    In addition, Eisenberg is committed to the Clark County Democratic Party. She has served as the president of the Women’s Democratic Club of Clark County, working to see qualified candidates win seats in elections.

    Dorothy Eisenberg is an asset to the Las Vegas community, as exemplified through her hard work and commitment to public education and activism.

    For further biographical information, see:
    “An Interview with Dorothy Eisenberg,” by Caryll Dziedziak, Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, [date].


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    Keynote Speakers, Panelists, and Faculty in Residence

    NEW Leadership Nevada has been home to some of the best and brightest in our state. Since the program began, we have had nearly 100 incredible speakers. Here are some of the many women who have given of their time and expertise:

    Keynote Speakers
    2003: Shelley Berkley, Congresswoman and Marilyn Gubler, “Boss Lady,” Sandy Valley Ranch
    2004: Miriam Shearing, Chief Justice, Nevada Supreme Court
    2005: Frankie Sue Del Papa, (First Female) Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General
    2006: Jan Jones, Caesar’s Entertainment
    2007: Dr. Carol Harter, Executive Director, Black Mountain Institute, UNLV President Emerita
    2008: Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada Attorney General
    2009: Punam Mathur, Vice President of Human Resources, NV Energy
    2010: Rose McKinney-James, Principal, Energy Works Consulting
    2011: Kathy England, Past President of the Nevada State Bar Association
    2012: Gwen Migita, Vice President, Sustainability and Community Affairs
    2013: Program Hiatus
    2014: Program Hiatus
    2015: Jacquelline Cobb Fuller, Director,
    2016: Dr. Kate Xue Zhong, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

    Barbara Agonia, Soroptomists International of Greater Las Vegas
    Frances Allen, Former Nevada Assemblywoman
    Paolo Armeni, Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni and Savarese
    Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Dean, UNLV School of Medicine
    Amy Ayoub, President, Ayoub and Associates
    Dr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak, Adjunct Faculty, UNLV
    Laura Bennett, UNLV Career Services
    Shelley Berkley, Former United States Congresswoman
    Sybrina Bernabei, Social Services
    Nancy Brune, Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
    Dr. Brenda Buck, UNLV Geoscience
    Aurora Buffington, Southern Nevada Health District
    Patty Cafferata, Former State Treasurer, Attorney
    Gwen Castaldi, KNPR
    Rosita Castillo, Planned Parenthood Southern Nevada
    Dr. Lynn Comella, UNLV Gender and Sexual Studies
    Jocelyn Cortez, Attorney, Decastroverde Law Firm
    Dr. Sondra Cosgrove, CSN Professor of History, League of Women Voters
    Renee Diamond, Community Activist, Former Nevada Assemblywoman
    Ruby Duncan, Community Activist
    Kathleen England, Attorney
    Dorothy Eisenberg, Community Activist
    Dr. Juanita Fain, Vice President Student Affairs, UNLV
    Rosemary Flores, Community Activist
    Helen Foley, Principal, Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations & Government Affairs
    Carmella Gadsen, UNLV Green Dot Coordinator
    Dr. Merlinda Gallegos, Chung Ying Tang Foundation
    Dr. Marcie Gallo, Professor of History, UNLV
    Bobbie Gang, Nevada Women’s Lobby
    Evelyn Garcia-Morales, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    Christina Guinchigliani, Nevada State Assemblywoman
    Kristin Guthrie, City of Las Vegas
    Jessica Halling, Acelero Learning
    Yvette Harris, MGM Resorts
    Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath, UNLV Geoscience
    Paula Haynes-Green, Program Division Administrator, Clark County
    Andrea Hackett, Community Activist
    Carol Harter, President Emerita, UNLV
    Daniel Hamilton, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
    Jennifer Hemphill, Wynn Las Vegas
    Cristina Hernandez, UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center
    Rochelle Hines, UNLV Department of Psychology
    Latoya Holman, Owner, Blowout Dollhouse
    Deborah Hottensen, MGM Mirage
    Brittany Johnson, Bureau of Reclamation
    Megan Jones, Hilltop Public Solutions
    Kara Kelley, President and CEO, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
    Betty Kincaid, Owner and CEO, The Southwest Exchange
    E. LaVonne Lewis, Senior Human Resources Consultant
    Paula Lawrence, Dress for Success Southern Nevada
    Lisa Levine, Dina Titus for Congress
    Jennifer Lopez, Clark County School District
    Annette Magnus Marquart, Community Activist
    Kate Marshall, Former Nevada State Treasurer, Attorney
    Punam Mather, NV Energy
    Tya Mathis, Clark County School District
    Jennifer Mayon, Clark County School District
    Kathy McClain, Former Nevada Assemblywoman
    Florence McClure, Community Activist
    Trudy McMahan, Attorney, Segal and McMahan
    Fran Montes, Community Activist
    Terri Miller, S.E.S.A.M.E.
    Elizabeth Naccarato, Planned Parenthood
    Fatma Nasoz, UNLV Department of Computer Science
    Darcy Neighbors, Owner and President, Consultants in Marketing
    Kathleen Paustian, Law Offices of Kathleen M. Paustian Chartered
    Tara Phebus, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy
    Dr. Cheryl Radeloff, Southern Nevada Health District
    Dr. Margaret “Peg” Rees, Vice Provost Educational Outreach, UNLV
    Linda Rivera, Bureau of Reclamation
    Berna Rhodes-Ford, Rhodes-Ford and Associates
    Arlene Rivera, Immigrant Justice Initiative
    Jer Roberson-Strange, Catch 22 Life Services
    Rachael Robnett, UNLV Department of Psychology
    Dr. Roberta Sabbath, UNLV English Department
    Nancy Saitta, Judge, Eighth District Court of Nevada
    Cariela Santana, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
    Gena Satori, ReVamp Radio
    Sepideh Sayedna, Attorney, UNLV General Council
    Yvette Scott-Butler, Bureau of Reclamation
    Gerri Schroder, Councilwoman, City of Henderson
    Gene Segerblom, Former Nevada Assemblywoman
    Mary Ann Sena-Edelen, MGM Grand
    Jennifer Shydler, Merrill Lynch
    Elda Sidhu, Attorney, UNLV General Council
    Julie Smith, Great Basin College
    Emma Lou Stampley, Community Activist
    Judy Stokey, NV Energy
    Gloria Sturman, Judge, Clark County Regional Justice Center
    Jennifer Taylor, Clean Energy Project
    Valerie Taylor, UNLV Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Dina Titus, United State Congresswoman
    Harriet Trudell, Nevada State Democratic Party
    Cremson Turfley, Caring Nurses Home Healthcare
    Carole Turner, Former Director of Women’s Health, Department of Veterans Affairs
    Barbara Vucanovich, Former Nevada Congresswoman
    Sue Wagner, Nevada Gaming Commission
    Erika Washington, Make It Work Campaign
    Valerie Weber, Former Nevada Assemblywoman
    Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dean, UNLV School of Nursing
    Agens Zadlo, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Faculty In Residence
    Judi Brown, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Carmella Gadsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Evelyn Garcia-Morales, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Jennifer Hemphill, University of Nevada, Reno
    Christina Hernandez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Crystal Jackson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Patty Jones, Great Basin College
    Karoline Khamis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Nicole Long, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Beth Naccarato, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Alisha Neilson, University of Nevada, Reno
    Jean Marie Pilario Munson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Cheryl Radeloff, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Diana Rhodes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Arlene Rivera, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Sandy Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Reno
    Nicole Rogers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Carrie Rowley, Great Basin College, University of Nevada, Reno
    Julie Smith, Great Basin College
    Anita Tejerina Revilla, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Moee Turbin, Nevada State College
    Carmel Viado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Claire Yurovchak, Western Nevada College

    Contact Us
    Interested in NEW Leadership Nevada?
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    Community Advisory Board

    Since 1999, WRIN has brought innovative resources to the state including the NEW Leadership Nevada program, the Nevada Women’s Archives, the Las Vegas Women Oral History Program, and our newest—a collaboration with Vegas PBS on MAKERS: Women in Nevada. None of these accomplishments would be possible without the dedication of time, talent, and energy provided by those who volunteer to serve on our Community Advisory Board.

    The Community Advisory Board represents women from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who make a significant investment in WRIN’s success and who have an interest in enhancing resources on and for women in our community and state. Community Advisory Board members meet regularly throughout the year and ad-hoc committees meet as needed. We hope you will take a moment to learn about each of these Board Members, as they are pivotal to our ability to do the work we do.


    CaryllDr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak
    Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Title: Adjunct Faculty, Department of History
    Education: Lutheran Medical Center, Cleveland and University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Caryll serves on the Community Advisory Board: “WRIN is Nevada’s singular Institute focusing on women and gender issues.”

    Kristin Photo 02-2016Kristin Guthrie
    Employer: City of Las Vegas
    Title: Management Analyst II
    Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Kristin serves on the Community Advisory Board: “WRIN captures, shares, and promotes the historical and future impact of women in Nevada’s many industries, inspires us to aspire, and provides us with the foundational knowledge to be successful.”

    LorriLorri Jackson
    Employer: Merrill Lynch
    Title: Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
    Education: Arizona State University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Lorri serves on the Community Advisory Board: “I believe that WRIN is an important resource to the State of Nevada. We need to bring more awareness of the work being done and then we will be able to provide more services to our communities in the future.”

    Lisa Photo 02-2016Lisa Levine
    Employer: Congresswoman Dina Titus
    Title: Political Director
    Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Lisa serves on the Community Advisory Board: “WRIN looks to the past, present, and future to help women in our community succeed through programming and research – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!”

    Judy Photo 03-2016Judith Owen
    Employer: Retired
    Title: Consultant
    Education: College of Southern Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Judith serves on the Community Advisory Board: “To continue bringing awareness of this important organization to our community along with helping to mentor young women for leadership roles.”

    Rachael Photo 03-2016Rachael Rizzi
    Employer: Blue Lotus Insurance Brokers
    Title: President
    Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Grand Canyon University
    Reason Rachael serves on the Community Advisory Board: “Women are the lifeblood of the community. As a Las Vegas native and mother, I feel it is extremely important to preserve women’s contributions to Nevada history, mentor the next generation of female leaders, and leave a lasting legacy for them to carry on.”

    RobertaDr. Roberta Sabbath
    Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Title: Adjunct Faculty, English Department
    Education: University of California, Riverside
    Reason Roberta serves on the Community Advisory Board: “There is a need for WRIN and NEW Leadership to retain a presence in order to represent women’s issues on campus and in the greater community.”

    Sepi Photo 03-2016Sepi Sayedna
    Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Title: Assistant General Counsel
    Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Reason Sepi serves on the Community Advisory Board: “As a lifelong resident of Nevada and a member of the University system, I recognize the need for constant and consistent education on women’s history. WRIN fulfills this important role.”

    YvetteYvette Scott
    Employer: Bureau of Reclamation – Lower Colorado Region
    Title: EEO Specialist
    Education: University of Phoenix
    Reason Yvette serves on the Community Advisory Board: “Women are the backbone of this country. It’s important to drill in the minds of women and our society our worth and place at the table. I think WRIN can help with that through education.”

    Leslie Photo 02-2016Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock
    Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas; ELM Educational Consulting
    Title: Adjunct Faculty, Boyd Law School; Owner/CEO
    Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Teachers College, Columbia University; University of Colorado at Boulder
    Reason Leslie serves on the Community Advisory Board: “I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of WRIN. As a professional woman in Nevada, it is so important to share our messages and contributions, and to build future leaders.”

    EmilyEmily Wofford
    Employer: Aristocrat Technologies
    Title: Owner & Partner, The Publicity Lab
    Education: Loyola University of Chicago
    Reason Emily serves on the Community Advisory Board: “Leadership training is something I value and young women need an early start.”

    AgnesAgnes Zadlo
    Employer: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Title: Vice President, Portfolio Management Officer
    Education: University of Illinois
    Reason Agnes serves on the Community Advisory Board: “I enjoy giving back to the community. I am passionate about helping to provide women with opportunities for education, career advancement, and leadership development. I appreciate the work WRIN is doing in Nevada to improve the future of many girls and women.”

    Barbara Agonia
    Shweta Bhatnagar
    Myram Borders
    Lana Buehrer
    Deborah Campbell
    Frankie Sue Del Papa
    Thalia Dondero
    Christina Donelson
    Justice Michael Douglas
    Caryll Dziedziak
    Dorothy Eisenberg
    Marilyn Gubler
    Charlotte Hill
    Lorri F. Jackson
    Jan Laverty Jones
    Patricia S. Miller
    Frances Montes
    Patricia Mulroy
    Carolyn Sparks
    Barbara Vucanovich
    Sue Wagner
    Emily Wofford

    Alaina Cowley
    Jocelyn Cortez
    Frankie Sue Del Papa
    Renee Diamond
    Dr. Juanita Fain
    Kathy McClain
    Dr. Cheryl Radeloff
    Linda Rivera
    Rachel Rose
    Dr. Roberta Sabbath
    Julie Smith
    Saba Tesfay
    Dr. Dina Titus
    Barbara S. Vucanovich
    Valerie Weber
    Gregan Wingert

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