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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

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    Thursday, June 8, 2017
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