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The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Conference is to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development by providing participants with information, perspectives and strategies concerning various dimensions of development. The programming content will feature subject matter in four basic areas: personal development (such as health maintenance, financial management, stress management, presentation, etc.), career development and advancement, leadership and community engagement. The conference format includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, individual coaching sessions, workshops and networking opportunities. The conference is inclusive and open to women, as well as the men who support them.

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The Emerging Leader Track is designed for those who are entry- to mid-level supervisors, managers or administrators in their organizations. They may not supervise a team but they are certainly at the heart of teams, and they may lead team initiatives or projects in their departments. They have a strong desire to learn and grow in their careers and actively work to build their competence and their network of professional peers and senior mentors and sponsors. They attend the MGM Resorts Foundation Women’s Leadership Conference to be inspired, to network and to learn new skills that will help them reach the next step in their careers. The conference’s content is tailored to enhance the skills and perspectives of the emerging leader.

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The Emerging Executive Track is designed for directors and executive directors in their organization. They typically supervise a group of employees or a team; they likewise are at the heart of teams and generally lead or are a major part of initiatives in their departments. They also have a strong desire to learn and grow in their careers, and they actively work to build their competence and their network of professional peers and senior mentors and sponsors. This conference provides Emerging Executives an opportunity to network with peer and senior level professional, share best practices, gain new skills – particularly the ability to articulate positions and points of view and persuade others (including higher-level leadership) in the organization, and discover strategies and specific tools to help elevate their careers to the C-Suite.

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PAST SPEAKERS

Gail Becker Debi Benedetti Bertice Berry Ellen Brown
Gail Becker Debi Benedetti BERTICE BERRY Ellen Brown
Christine Cashen Kathleen Ciaramello Dan Coughlin Lillian Coury
Christine Cashen Kathleen Ciaramello Dan Coughlin Lillian Coury
Carol Evans Ruth Hedges Phyllis James Cindy Kiser Murphey
Carol Evans Ruth Hedges Phyllis James Cindy Kiser-Murphey
Marilyn Sherman Maria Silva Angela Taylor Lu Torres
Marilyn Sherman Maria Silva Angela Taylor Lu Torres
Char Wenc Pamela S. Williamson Kathleen Wood
Char Wenc Pamela S. Williamson Kathleen Wood

 

 

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PAST SPEAKERS

Gail Becker
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Gail Becker

Gail Becker is Chair of Canada, Latin America and the U.S. Western Region for Edelman Communications, the world's largest public relations firm with 63 offices and more than 4,200 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities.

Gail joined Edelman as General Manager of the Los Angeles office, which she led for seven years and served as Western Region President for more than eight. Throughout her tenure, she has served as strategic counsel on a broad range of clients including Warner Bros., Starbucks, Microsoft, Norton, Activision, MPAA and The Recording Academy/Grammys.

She joined Edelman after serving as Vice President of Communications at Warner Home Entertainment. Prior to joining Warner, she received a political appointment in the first Clinton administration to serve as Director of Communications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna Shalala. She also served on the national press staff for President Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential campaign.

Gail began her career as an on-air broadcast journalist in local news and then as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. She has a degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Gail currently serves as Chair of Edelman's Global Women's Executive Network (GWEN) where she is responsible for overseeing the company's effort to increase the number of women at the senior most levels. She served on the board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and was featured in the book, "Hire Me, Hollywood!"

Gail has directed a short documentary film, "A Journey with Purpose". It follows her young son's trip to Auschwitz with his grandfather, who was a prisoner for four years. The film is part of Facing History, www.facinghistory.org, a non-profit organization that provides supplemental learning materials to schools around the world to combat racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice, and nurturing democracy through education.

 

 

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Debi Benedetti
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Debi Benedetti
Debi is a Certified Executive Coach who specializes in assisting executives, leaders and entrepreneurs in exploring unrealized goals and personal strategic plans. She helps them focus on leadership attributes, emotional intelligence and communication skills in a challenging and objective environment. Her rich enthusiasm, knowledge and operational experience spans over 30 years in the hospitality industry. As a founding corporate officer of Bon Appétit Management Company and at various positions in Saga and Marriott Corporations, Debi served such clients as Oracle, HP, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, The Getty Center and Pac Bell Park. She is an adjunct professor at The Culinary Institute of America, serves on the Advisory Board at UNLV's Harrah's College of Hotel Administration and is a Conti Professor in the Hotel School at Penn State University. Debi was named the Conrad Hilton Distinguished Lecturer at San Diego State University and most recently received The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Foodservice Management.

Debi works with several executives, owners and entrepreneurs in the Hospitality and related industries. She also provides Strategic Planning, Leadership Summits and key note presentations for corporations, small companies, organizations and associations. She sits on the boards of the Women's Foodservice Forum and Healthy Dining.

 

 

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BERTICE BERRY
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Bertice Berry
Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice Berry was told by a high school teacher that she was "not college material.” Fortunately, another teacher believed in her. Berry applied to colleges with no funds to pay tuition. The day her application arrived at Jacksonville University, a wealthy benefactor called the Admissions Department looking for a potential student "who could swim if they had the right backing.”

Bertice Berry certainly could “swim” – she graduated magna cum laude, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Kent State University. She became a very popular teacher at Kent, realizing the power of humor in addressing difficult subjects like racism and sexism.

Dr. Berry then became an award-winning lecturer and comedienne, winning the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award several years straight.

Dr. Berry hosted a national talk show, The Bertice Berry Show, and hosted USA Live on the USA Network. She has appeared often on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and ABC's 20/20.

Dr. Bertice Berry is the author of many best-sellers, including: her memoir, I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head; the hilarious Sckraight From the Ghetto, You Might Be Ghetto If and You STILL Ghetto; her novel Redemption Song; and The Haunting of Hip Hop. Her other books include the award-winning Jim & Louella Homemade Heart-fix Remedy; When Love Calls, You Better Answer; and her family history, The Ties That Bind. A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets shares her journey of losing 150 pounds.

Despite her many honors and achievements, Dr. Berry is most proud of becoming the "instant mother" to her sister's four young children. "When you walk with purpose," Berry says, "you collide with destiny!"

 

 

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Ellen Brown
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Ellen Brown
Dr. Ellen Brown relocated to Nevada from West Michigan in 2002. Las Vegas was the site of her second full-service Day Spa operation.

Dr. Brown is a first generation business owner who has pledged to always lend a hand to individuals starting or operating a business. She has five business startups on her list ranging from consulting to full service day spas to online retail. However, Ellen began her career following college graduation in the corporate arena where she held management positions in Public Relations and Marketing for Lear Siegler Aerospace Division and Training and Development for Spartan Stores. Ellen also served as Associate Professor and Dean at Davenport University, a reputable business institution located in the Midwest.

Dr. Brown holds bachelor and master degrees from Grand Valley State University in Public Relations and Communications; a post graduate certification in Administrative Management from Cornell University and a doctorate in Christian Business from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.

Maintaining a longstanding Commitment to serving the community, she has received many awards and acknowledgments including the Giants award for community service in Grand Rapids Michigan and Joseph Dudley Business Award in Chicago. In Las Vegas Dr. Brown received the Community Leadership Service Award from the Women's Council of Nevada Association of Real Estate Brokers.

In 2011, Ellen became a Certified Business Mentor for SCORE, a resource partner with the Small Business Association where she counsels emerging entrepreneurs in startup and marketing .

 

 

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Christine Cashen
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Christine Cashen
Christine Cashen delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 14 years, she has jazzed an amazing variety of audiences. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.

Before hitting the speaking scene, Christine was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer and broadcaster. Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). CSP is an earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. It is the speaking profession's international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than 10% of the speakers on the planet hold this designation.

Audiences respond to Christine's humor and down-to-earth approach. Whether talking about her "hottie engineer" husband, her pet peeves or growing up in an Italian/Irish household, audiences always relate to her experiences, struggles and lessons.

Christine was featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine and is co-author of the book Mission Possible, Volume Eight. She developed the A Dynamic Speaker series of learning resources: Get What You Want With What You've Got DVD, Why Can't Everybody Just Get Along CD and Got Humor video. Her new book, The Good Stuff, really is good stuff! Christine lives in Dallas with her husband, their two children and Murphy, the chocolate lab.

 

 

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Kathleen Ciaramello
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Kathleen Ciaramello
Kathleen was recently appointed President of Coca-Cola’s Refreshments National FoodService and On-Premise division. She has responsibility for all global, national and regional customers operating within the Foodservice and On-Premise channels of business in the United States. Prior to this Kathleen was East Zone Vice President for the FoodService/On-Premise division with responsibility for the 22 east coast states. In this role, Kathleen led a cross functional team to deliver unique solutions that delight guests and grow beverage profits for our FoodService and On-Premise customers.

Kathleen is also one of 12 inaugural members of the Coca-Cola Women’s Leadership Council sponsored by CEO, Muhtar Kent. The Women’s Leadership Council is a sustainable advisory organization designed to help the Company meet the global leadership demands of a rapidly changing marketplace by increasing the focus on the development and movement of women into leadership roles. In her role on the council, Kathleen led work that became the catalyst for the Flexible Work Arrangements rolled out in 2009 across Coca-Cola North America and Corporate. Kathleen also leads the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Southeast Region of Coca-Cola Refreshments.

In 1985, Kathleen joined The Coca-Cola Company’s North America FoodService unit, serving in various account management roles in New Jersey, Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta. She became director of Leisure Marketing in 1997, group director of Leisure and Strategic Alliances in 2000, and Vice President, Strategic Alliances in 2001. From October 2006 to May 2009 she was Group Vice President of Strategic Partnership Marketing. In that role, she was responsible for the sales and marketing of the Company’s strategic partnerships such as on-site, travel, cinemas, and theme parks.

Kathleen fights hunger as the Co-Vice Chair of the advisory board for the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s “Atlanta’s Table”, supports the Georgia Restaurant and Foodservice Industries as a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board of Directors and is engaged in building strong communities as a member of the YMCA Metro Atlanta Board of Directors. Kathleen was a 2008 Recipient of "25 WOW Women to Watch" Award (Bloomingdale’s and Uptown Scoop). Kathleen was inducted into the ShowEast Hall of Fame in October, 2011, a tribute given to a select group of individuals who have served the motion picture industry with great distinction. She was also awarded the 2011 GRACE Award, Industry Partner of the Year, for her exemplary contributions to Georgia’s prolific restaurant industry.

A native of Massachusetts, Kathleen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston College.

Kathleen and her husband, Paul, live in Atlanta with their two children.

 

 

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Dan Coughlin
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Dan Coughlin
Dan Coughlin is a business thought leader on managing for long-term business success. He delivers keynote speeches and seminars from Maui to Budapest and everywhere in between.

As a management consultant and executive coach, Dan observes and advises presidents, vice-presidents, and senior directors in a wide variety of business functions and industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. He and his clients hone simple processes that improve performance throughout their organizations.

Dan Coughlin is one of America's most practical business teachers. Real-life stories from his management consulting work make his points vivid and memorable. People appreciate his penetrating insights and practical takeaways that they put to use immediately to achieve sustainable improvement in their performance and business results.

In his presentations, Dan Coughlin focuses on three crucial management topics: leadership, innovation, and branding. Participants appreciate the usefulness of Dan's ideas, the down-to-earth and humorous way in which he delivers them, and the way he customizes his remarks for their group.

Dan Coughlin is the author of four management books: Find a Way to Win: Management Insights from Terry Michler, America's All-Time Winningest Soccer Coach, Accelerate: 20 Practical Lessons to Boost Business Momentum, The Management 500: A High-Octane Formula for Business Success and Corporate Catalysts: How to Make Your Company More Successful, Whatever Your Title, Income, or Authority, which was translated for both China and India.

As a business thought leader on generating sustainable, profitable growth, Dan Coughlin is frequently quoted in media including USA Today, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, The Journal of the American Management Association, and dozens of other publications. Dan Coughlin's articles have been published in over 100 trade association publications.

 

 

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Lillian Coury
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Lillian Coury
Lillian Coury reinvents workstyles for high performance leaders across the U.S. with her integrated approach called "DARE to FLY". Partnering with Lillian ensures greater effectiveness, impact and influence and cultivates business professionals' authentic leadership style and presence in results-driven organizations.

As a leadership development expert, certified executive coach, workshop facilitator, speaker and life learner, Lillian practices what she preaches in every area of her life. With 20 years in sales and marketing, Lillian founded and ran her own NYC printing company for 13 years, then sold it to follow her passion: to make a difference in the business world through her powerful coaching approach. She founded Pegasus Pathways in 2001 to specialize in transformational leadership development.

Lillian is a certified executive coach, workshop facilitator, trainer, speaker, author, and philanthropist, and maintains her credentials as a Certified Integral Coach (CIC) with New Ventures West Coaching School, and as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. Pegasus Pathways is a WBE (Woman Business Enterprise) certified with WBEC - West since 2010.

You can learn more about Lillian and her offerings at www.lilliancoury.com

Contact Lillian at coach@lilliancoury.com or 480-474-0850

 

 

PAST SPEAKERS

Carol Evans
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Carol Evans
Carol Evans serves as President of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation. Carol’s involvement with Working Mother magazine dates back to 1978, when she played a critical role in its launch and was Advertising Director and then VP Publisher for its first decade. In 1986 she founded the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, which is today the most important workplace benchmark in the country.

In August 2001, Carol acquired Working Mother magazine and the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), becoming the first mom to own Working Mother. She launched key initiatives including Best Companies for Multicultural Women and Best Companies for Hourly Workers. In 2006, Evans acquired Diversity Best Practices (DBP), the country’s leading diversity and inclusion membership organization. Since the acquisition, DBP has launched the Network and Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC), CEO Roundtables, DBP Benchmarking and Assessment Tool and the Global initiative.

Carol serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes. She speaks nationwide and appears on major talk shows including Today Show and Oprah. Carol’s book, This is How We Do It: The Working Mother’s Manifesto was published by Penguin. Carol has two children and celebrates 27 years with her husband, Bob Coulombe.

 

 

PAST SPEAKERS

Ruth Hedges
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Ruth Hedges
Ruth Hedges is the CEO of Unismart Capital Software Inc, creator and key architect of the Funding Roadmap online licensable business plan and due diligence reporting system platform. Ms. Hedges has been responsible for pioneering a new and innovative virtual system for business planning, crowdfund compliance and due diligence reporting on the cloud.

Ms. Hedges, the creator of Crowdfundingroadmap, has been active in pioneering this new industry and from the beginning of 2010 helping the startup exemption to move the bills passage through Congress. She has since been building awareness through her global event in Las Vegas and development of best practices, compliant technology and educational material. Ms. Hedges currently teaches on equity based crowdfunding at UNLV, making it the first university in the United States to cover this information.

Ms Hedges is a founding board member of the Governance committee for the Crowdfunding Professional Association Organizing (CFPA) and also a founding board member of CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). She is a council member of the Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS) program, a Crowdsourcing.org initiative that promotes the adoption of best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally.

In 2000, Ms. Hedges started and developed an incubation company in Pasadena California helping dot-com companies properly structure their operations, write business plans, and raise venture capital. Her lifelong entrepreneurial experience was a resource many companies needed. Helping those companies became the inspiration for the idea behind http://fundingroadmap.com

 

 

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Phyllis James
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Phyllis James
Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this capacity she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. Ms. James is Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for oversight of MGM Resorts' Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company's philanthropy programs and Diversity and Community Affairs Department. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. James served with Mayor Dennis W. Archer as Corporation (General) Counsel and Law Director of a department of approximately 100 lawyers for the City of Detroit. She also practiced with the San Francisco-based law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro before her position with the City of Detroit.

Throughout her career she has been active in bar and civic affairs including work with the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Bar Associations of San Francisco and Detroit. In 2010 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.

Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature from Harvard/Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

 

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Cindy Kiser-Murphey
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Cindy Kiser Murphey
Cynthia Kiser Murphey is President and Chief Operating Officer for New York-New York. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations at the property. In addition to New York-New York, she is responsible for MGM Resorts International's Corporate Benefits' programs, including extensive community and state involvement in quality and wellness improvement initiatives.

Before assuming her current position, Kiser Murphey was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International. In this role, she supported a team of Human Resources professionals. She was a guiding force in the development of the company's comprehensive wellness and disease prevention program, the negotiation of labor agreements and the fostering of joint labor management cooperative relationships as well as the implementation of diversity initiatives and culture-building people programs.

Kiser Murphey joined the Company in 1989 as part of the Human Resources opening team for The Mirage. She then joined the MGM Grand opening team in 1992 and managed all Human Resources activities related to the property's opening. Kiser Murphey was instrumental in the creation of an in-house corporate university and an on-site child development center as well as the design of an unmatched benefits package.

Kiser Murphey is involved in a number of charitable and professional organizations. She currently serves as Chairperson for the State of Nevada Academy of Health, Chairperson for the Health Services Coalition of Southern Nevada, a Trustee for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Health and Welfare Fund. She also has served on the State of Nevada Governor's Commission on Medical Education, Research and Training.

Kiser Murphey earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she has served on the faculty as a part-time professor. In addition, she was named UNLV's "Alumna of the Year" in 2008.

 

 

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Marilyn Sherman
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Marilyn Sherman
Marilyn Sherman motivates and inspires audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life!

Marilyn has over 22 years of experience in professional speaking, training and development, and facilitating workshops. She started her corporate career with Chrysler First Financial Services. As an in-house trainer, she was responsible for writing, producing, and presenting training programs to 2,400 employees across the United States. She trained all levels from new hires to senior executives, specializing in communication classes and building effective teams.

When NationsBank acquired Chrysler First Financial Services, Marilyn was an instrumental member of the transition team. She put her experience as a team building trainer to help the individuals of both companies quickly meld into one team.

Marilyn left NationsBank to be a full time seminar leader for SkillPath Seminars. She quickly became one of their most sought after speakers.

In 1988, Marilyn formed her own company, UpFront Presentations, to help people improve their morale, teamwork, and communication skills – and ultimately achieve better results. Marilyn helps companies increase productivity, manage change, and improve bottom line results.

With her engaging and fun personality, Marilyn connects with audiences and delivers content they can immediately use when they get back to the office.

Marilyn is a graduate of Washington State University and is a 19-year member of the National Speakers Association. She has served in several leadership roles in NSA, including board member for San Diego and Las Vegas chapters, chair of the Motivational Speaker Professional Experts Group, and director of educational labs across the country.

In addition to articles in trade magazines and national publications, Marilyn is the author of several books: Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?, Why Settle for the Balcony? How To Get A Front-Row Seat In Life!, and I.

 

 

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Maria Silva
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Maria Silva
Maria Silva is very proud to call Las Vegas home. Her family has lived in Southern Nevada since 1981. Maria's broadcast career spans more than 14 years. A graduate of UNLV, she holds a Bachelors in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism.

In 1999, Maria became the first anchor/reporter for Univision Las Vegas. After ten years of hard news, she moved on to the lighter side and is now the feature reporter for FOX 5's Lifestyle/Entertainment Show.

Not one to stand on the side-line, she gets involved in the happenings of the community, volunteering at food drives, local parades, charity fundraisers and other events. Having lost her amazing mama to cancer, and as a way to honor her memory, Maria is involved with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. She's traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for cancer research and funding.

 

 

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Angela Taylor
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Angela Taylor
Dr. Angie Taylor has a long history of excellent leadership, staff development and commitment to diversity. Currently, she serves as General Manager for Guardian Quest, an organization specializing in providing training, organizational development and leadership solutions for corporate, government, educational and military clients across North America. In addition, she is CEO of ExcelQuest, a training agency that works specifically with the faith-based community and small non-profit organizations.

While working with Guardian Quest, the organization partnered for a time with the Leadership Foundry, a military focused training organization that specializes in personal development through assessment. During that time, Dr. Taylor was certified to facilitate leadership inventories such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument, Thomas Kilmann Instrument on conflict, and the Change Style Indicator instrument. Angie has designed curriculum, facilitated workshops and delivered keynote addresses for corporate, government, educational and military clients across North America. She is a regular presenter at various national, regional and statewide leadership conferences, typically earning excellent and exceptional evaluation ratings.

Angie has an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy (MPA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, all from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her background is in higher education where she completed a storied 20-year career at the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, she served in several senior level leadership positions including Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, and Associate Vice President for Student Success Services.

Dr. Taylor has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards for the University, the local community and nationally. She currently serves as either a board or advisory board member for the Access to Healthcare Network of Nevada, Education Alliance of Washoe County, Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Junior League of Reno, and Nevada System of Higher Education.

Angie is a passionate, energetic presenter and has dedicated her life to making people and organizations better. She has received many awards and recognitions for her leadership and community service including membership in three halls of fame and inclusion on two “people to watch” lists. Dr. Taylor is also an ordained minister and serves as the administrative assistant pastor at Greater Light Christian Center in Reno, Nevada.

 

 

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Lu Torres
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Lu Torres
Lu has been in senior nonprofit leadership for 29 years including organizations as YMCA, Girl Scouts, Educational Foundation, The Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada and most recently CEO and President of Nevada Microenterprise Initiative serving the state of Nevada. Lu's area of expertise lies within change management, and reorganization strategies. Lu has taken four organizations through reorganization process in which all organizations have turned around fiscally and programmatically through mission driven activities creating a sustainable environment. Lu has served as a certified train the trainers for two national organizations developing and implementing curriculum throughout the western region of the United States. Lu's background in small business development includes starting and owning several small businesses including a Travel agent which she developed and sold. Currently she is co-owner of a Microenterprise with her husband, a Property Inspection Service; she is an artist selling her works locally and in California.

Lu received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Service Administration graduating Suma cum Laude and receiving the Provost Scholar Award from Springfield College and her Masters Degree in Organizational Management, Antioch University. In 2011 Lu was an "In Business Women to Watch Honoree" from the publication Vegas Inc. 2012 recognized as one of the top 100 women in non-profit leadership in Nevada from Oprah Winfrey -Non Profit Sector As a graduate of Leadership Henderson 2010 she believes through strong leadership and strategic partnerships the development of small businesses will put Nevada back to work.

 

 

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Char Wenc
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Char Wenc
The Chicago Tribune calls Char Wenc “a speaking dynamo.” You'll enjoy and grow from her engaging and moving program. Char shares step-by-step actions you can take to substantially improve in your profession.

A nationally recognized speaker, Char is also a consultant to the medical and business communities, school districts and other educational associations in the United States. Her career has included work as a classroom teacher, clinical counselor and a graduate school professor.

Char Wenc is the author of Cooperation – Learning Through Laughter and also Parenting – Are We Having Fun Yet?.

Char empowers people to establish more positive environments in which to live their lives. Char specializes in helping people improve relationships in the workplace and at home and school.

Experience the energy and magnetism of award-winning educator Char Wenc!

 

 

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Pamela S. Williamson
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Pamela S. Williamson
As Executive Director, Dr. Williamson is responsible for the day-to-day operations of WBEC-West, achieving organizational goals and fostering WBEC-West's mission to serve as corporate America's premier agent for certification, enhancement and promotion of Women Business Enterprises in the western region.

Biography: Dr. Williamson brings more than 15 years experience in executive level management, including 4 years as the Vice President of a Behavioral Health Care Organization. Her extensive experience in developing and implementing innovative alliances with key stakeholders has enabled the organizations she has worked with to reach new levels of growth and stability. Her ability to lead and empower staff members creates a strong team environment which filters throughout the entire organization.

Her approach to leadership creates a new corporate culture within WBEC-West. The concept of servant leadership fosters strong relationships with constituencies, community partners, and staff creating a solid foundation for growth. Through the implementation of servant leadership principals, Pamela is working to enhance and create innovative ideas for the expansion of the organization.

Pamela holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration, a Master's degrees in Business Administration, and bachelor degrees in both Sociology and Social Work and psychology.

 

 

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Kathleen Wood
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Kathleen Wood
Kathleen is the founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm, specializing in shifting leaders and businesses to new levels of success. Kathleen and her partners offer strategic consulting services, brand development, keynote presentations and results-driven solutions for hospitality, healthcare, service, manufacturing and retail clients. Her firm consistently works with Fortune 500 leaders, INC 1000 founders and entrepreneurs.

In 2012, Kathleen, her sister and niece launched their concept Suzy's Swirl in Gurnee, Illinois. Suzy's Swirl is a self-serve yogurt, gelato and sorbetto shop. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and swirling gratitude.

Kathleen is a nationally recognized growth strategist, motivational speaker and author, and a proven leader in business and non-profits. She blends her corporate sensibility and rigor with entrepreneurial vigor and innovation to deliver sustainable solutions. In 2010 she published her first book, The BEST Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager's Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant.

Before founding her own companies, Kathleen served as the President and COO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers from 2005–2007. This award-winning, $100M company operated 68 restaurants in 14 states with over 2,100 employees. During her tenure, she led the organization through the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the extensive recovery process that followed and through an unprecedented 100% growth in two years.

Kathleen is also a featured speaker and keynote presenter at corporate events, association meetings and multiple industry functions.

Kathleen is currently a board member for the People Report™, executive committee member for the Women's Foodservice Forum, and is the co-founder of The Foodservice Council for Women. She also serves on the strategic advisory council for People Matter. Kathleen is a past president and board member of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.