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  • Valerie Wiener

    Valerie Wiener, a Las Vegas native, was born into a political family in 1948. At a young age, she identified her desire to serve others. Aside from the influence of her well-known father for whom the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at UNLV is named, Valerie has succeeded to become a leader in state government and the communications field due in greatest part to her natural talents and professional acumen.

    After attending Las Vegas High School, she earned bachelors and masters degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri, a masters degree in contemporary literature from the University of Illinois and attended the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

    Valerie has had a long and successful career in communications, characterized by work in print and multimedia journalism. Her diverse experience includes work in radio, television production and broadcasting. At the apex of her career, she administered and owned several radio stations.

    In 1988, Valerie founded Wiener Communications Group. A shrewd businesswoman, this consulting company has flourished to become one of the best known in Las Vegas. The group offers media relations, strategy and professional coaching services.

    Valerie has authored several motivational and critical books which contend with professional development and social issues.

    Amid her communications activities, Valerie ran for public office in 1996 after working as press secretary to Harry Reid. Her first bid was successful, winning her a term as Nevada State Senator in 1997. She has since remained a Nevada State Senator for Clark County Senatorial District 3.

    Juvenile justice, health and wellness have remained high on Valerie’s list of priorities as a Nevada senator. She often visits schools throughout Nevada to share wisdom about diet, physical fitness, body image and bullying. For this work she was acknowledged at the National Conference for State Legislatures as a Healthy Schools Hero in 2002. Valerie is a physical fitness expert, has published on the topic and has been an active competitor in weight lifting.

    Valerie has been a long-time advocate for women and has recently become an out-spoken supporter of WRIN and the NEW Leadership Nevada program.

    During her time as senator, she claims to have encountered many NEWL Nevada graduates, who have all impressed her with their talent and confidence. If not for programs like this, she questions the quality of young leaders in the state, who are so vital to the improvement and expansion of Nevada’s economic and social interests.

    References

    “Getting to Know Valerie Wiener,” Wiener Communications Group, 2012, http://www.valeriewiener.com/bio.html.

    Valerie Wiener, interviewed, produced and archived by Kristin Guthrie, film recording, in Voices of NEW Leadership: Las Vegas Women Oral History Project, Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, 2012.


    “My Activism”

    What activities have you participated in that are related to activism, grassroots, governmental and/or political work on women’s issues, gender equity, diversity etc.?

    Valerie Wiener describes her role in enhancing equity for women, through involvement in the Governor’s Conference on Women and bringing the National Association for Women Business Owners to Nevada.

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    “We Need Advocates”

    What progress has been made or must be made to improve the status of women in Nevada?

    Valerie Wiener describes who we need to advance the status of women.

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    “Rolemodeling for Women”

    What progress has been made or must be made to improve the status of women in Nevada?

    Valerie Wiener describes her grassroots advocacy for women.

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    “The Governor’s Conference on Women”

    What activities have you participated in that are related to activism, grassroots, governmental and/or political work on women’s issues, gender equity, diversity etc?

    Valerie Wiener describes her experience advocating for women while serving as a legislator.

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    Women's Research Institute of Nevada
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455083
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5083
    702-895-2902

    © 2017 WRIN | All rights reserved.

    a Studio Hyperset expression