2019 LINE UP


KEYNOTE | Adventures in Belonging: Finding Meaning in Your Most Important Relationship

Kriste Peoples is a Denver-based writer, producer, speaker, trail running coach, and outdoorist

Her work in the field of equity and inclusion in nature combines public speaking opportunities and facilitating instructional workshops that connect underrepresented communities to new, empowering narratives of engagement. 

For many of us, the need to belong is a hunger we constantly feed yet never satisfy. That's because no amount of striving, material acquisition, partnership, or magical numbers of weight, age, area code, or bank balance will ever deliver us into a deeper sense of connection and meaning than the relationship we cultivate with the self. It's our most important relationship, and often the easiest one to overlook. This relationship with self is critical to our empowerment, our sense of wellbeing, and our ability to trust our guidance. It is the work of a lifetime, belonging wholly to ourselves. And it's the greatest adventure we will ever know.

Learn more about Kriste here. 


GET SHIT DONE | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO REALITY

Khalilah Cage, Co-Host of “iamher” podcast and founder of Styled by Kiki Cage

Khalilah Cage is a Reno resident of 20 years and a UNR Alumnus. She is a married and a mother of two children, ages 9 and 7. She is the co-founder of Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co and also the co-creator and host of “iamher” podcast which hopes to ask questions about life and create conversations amongst its listeners. In 2019 Khalilah started her stylist business, “Styled by Kiki Cage” to help women look and feel empowered by discovering their true style. In addition, Khalilah has been singing professionally for the last 10 years. She recently joined the Board of Directors of Artown in order to further support the arts in her community.

Get to know more about Khalilah here.


GET SHIT DONE | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO REALITY

Heather Goulding, Co-Founder of the Coalition for Nevada National Guard Youth Challenge

Heather Goulding and her business partner Grace Nichols recently received Nevada State Commendation Medals, the highest honor the Nevada National Guard can present to civilians. The award recognized their leadership during the 2019 Nevada legislative session in the passage of Senate Bill 295 which establishes and funds a National Guard Youth Challenge program in Nevada. The program, formerly available in 29 other states but not Nevada, transforms the lives of high school dropouts and at-risk youth. Thanks to the passage of the bill, the program will open its door in January of 2021.

Prior to the most recent legislative session, Goulding and Nichols had no experience working with the legislature, the National Guard, or the education system. What they had was an unflinching belief in the Youth Challenge program and a powerful partnership. Together they built a large, bipartisan network and developed strategies for going over, under, around or crashing through hurdles. The National Guard gave them the nickname the Tsunami Sisters, a moniker they wear with pride.

Get to know Heather here.


GET SHIT DONE | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO REALITY

Meredith Westafer, Staff Industrial Engineer, Tesla

Meredith manages the factory design and site layout of the company's Gigafactory in Nevada, which produces the integral lithium-ion batteries and electric drive units that run Tesla vehicles.

Meredith developed the models that determined the factory’s space requirements and how materials flow within the factory. She designed an automated material delivery system that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to deliver goods to and from the production line.

Meredith has been with Tesla for over four years and was previously with Cree & Owens Corning, where she worked in material flow design, developing inventory models, and as a hands-on process engineer on production lines.

Her work at Tesla focuses on material flow & factory design for new products, processes, and future sites.

Get to know Meredith here.


GET SHIT DONE | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO TURN AN IDEA INTO REALITY

Ethan Clift-Jennings, Principal at Clift & Co

Ethan is an entrepreneur in his own right who has turned his natural talents to elevating women, girls and lady bosses everywhere. Founder of Girl Empire, Parlor Shows, Lean Crafting and Checklet, he’s a start-up super-connector. He’s played a critical role in countless business launches and partnerships (including the High Fidelity Government Relations team). It’s no surprise he sits on Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison’s Nevada Entrepreneurship Task Force.

Ethan’s been a key figure as the entrepreneurial scene in Nevada has exploded. He co-founded Maker Faire Reno, organized start-up weekends and has built an electrifying network. He knows the players, sees the big picture, and can connect the dots.

Ethan’s specialties include: government relations for futurists, woo, marketing, analytics, lean startup methodology, networking, speaking, behaviorism, recruiting, grit, determination, connecting talent and ideas. Lighting the spark.

Get to know Ethan here.


ACTING IN SOLIDARITY | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN MEN LEADING THE CHARGE

Evynn McFalls, Director of Insights and Strategy at The Abbi Agency, Chief Marketing Officer/Co-Owner at Lorable, and Community Literacy Scholar

Inspired largely by the activist works of Safiya Noble, Sylvia Wynter and bell hooks, Evynn McFalls is a writer, entrepreneur, doctoral researcher, and strategist working across a number of publics toward advancing positive outcomes for his clients, peers and the communities they collectively exist in. A trained community scholar holding undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nevada - Reno and St. John's University's Queens, NY campus (the latter at which he lectured in intersectional global literature), Evynn has long incorporated a praxis of community engagement, literacy advancement and access equity into the myriad roles he occupies in this life. He is one of the driving strategic minds behind a variety of public affairs and communications projects that have touched the lives of countless Nevadans and beyond,—advancing public health and safety initiatives, improving access to healthcare, endeavoring to uphold an ethic of compassionate inclusion in a variety of community spaces, and empowering people from all walks of life to find both their individual and collective power. He also helps to manage a community of readers and writers in his role as Chief Marketing Officer and co-owner of Lorable, a choice-driven content technology startup.

Outside of Evynn's work in the commercial sector, he is an academic researcher with an activist bent. His current project focuses on aligning the "whole human self" with a sense of what rhetoric and composition scholar Dr. Juan Guerra describes as "rhetorical savviness"—and building pedagogies to assist people across communities in navigating institutions (corporate, governmental, social and academic) as well as cultures of influence across increasingly blended digital and physical spaces. It is his belief that as we better practice what bell hooks describes as an ethic of love and unsettle our current hegemonic thinking of what it means to participate in and organize society, we will be able to collectively create systems that improve living outcomes for the many rather than the few.

Get to know more about Evynn here.


ACTING IN SOLIDARITY | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN MEN LEADING THE CHARGE

Edward M. Gurowitz, Ph.D., Founding Partner of the Inclusionary Leadership Group

A social activist since the 1960’s, Ed’s work over the past five years has focused on engaging men as allies to groups that have traditionally been impacted by the unconscious bias and unearned privilege of straight white men. As one of the founding partners of Inclusionary Leadership Group, a consultancy dedicated to that purpose and of the Better Man Conference, and as Chair of the 35-year old non-profit The Mankind Project, Ed brings a lifetime of experience in organizational culture change and individual and group transformation to his work.

Get to know more about Ed here.


ACTING IN SOLIDARITY | A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN MEN LEADING THE CHARGE

Enrique Carmona, Sexual Violence Services Coordinator with Tahoe SAFE Alliance

Enrique Carmona has been involved with the social justice and advocacy field for over 15 years. Enrique is currently a Sexual Violence Services Coordinator with Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a non-profit Domestic and Sexual Violence agency that provides direct services to victims of intimate partner and sexual violence. Before that he was one of the agency’s Bilingual Advocates and it’s when he presented at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, the session: “Si Se Puede” A Conversation about Men Providing Direct Services in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Field, a discussion on men’s roles and responsibility when it comes to gender-based violence. Enrique also sits on the board of Project Mana, A Hunger Relief Agency servicing the North Tahoe and Truckee community.  Before moving to Reno, NV, Enrique spent many years peer-counseling and volunteering as a bilingual GED tutor and in several soup kitchens/food banks in both his native inner-city New York City, NY and in Chicago, IL.  One of Enrique’s primary goals include forming alliances among like-minded men and women to help end our current “toxic masculinity” environment that not only reinforces the gender inequality in the professional world but also the gender violence normalization that our society has seemed to so often excuse.  

Get to know more about Enrique here.


Get To Know Zawadisha

Jen Gurecki, Founder of Zawadisha

Jen Gurecki is the founder of Zawadisha, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide small loans to rural Kenyan women to finance their livelihoods. Zawadisha’s model is  soundly pro-poor, pro-woman, and pro-environment. #investinwomen

She also is the co-founder and CEO of Coalition Snow, a women’s outdoor equipment company designed to deconstruct the status quo. Simply stated, Coalition makes women’s skis and snowboards that don’t suck. #sisterhoodofshred 

In 2018, Jen cycled across the continent of Africa as a fundraiser for Zawadisha, where the idea for Sisu Magazine was born. Jen serves as the Editor for Sisu, a quarterly mag whose mission is to uncover the untold stories of the outdoors. #gritandguts

Get to know more about Jen here.


Master of Ceremonies

Melinda Choy, LAc, MTCM, FMP, CEO of Elevate Wellness & Acupuncture Center, PC

Melinda Choy is a women’s health Functional Medicine practitioner and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and herbalist and the CEO of Elevate Wellness & Acupuncture Center in South Lake Tahoe. Melinda is a San Francisco native and born to an immigrant family from China. Her passion in the holistic medicine field was inspired from a family tragedy that impacted her view of the allopathic medicine field. She has spent years studying the impacts of chronic daily stress on the physical, spiritual and emotional body.

Melinda has been a practitioner for over 15 years with a passion for bringing natural medicine, health and healing to the community. She shares her vision in her development of Elevate Wellness Center, a multi-disciplinary holistic family medicine center, where the community can access the talent of various holistic health providers ranging from midwifery to neuromuscular therapy. Elevate was created to help empower patients through education and lifestyle modification and specific therapies to enhance the power of the body to heal itself and promote balance. Elevate houses an in-house apothecary, customizable Chinese Herbal remedies and features curated therapeutic supplements, herbs, teas and tonics. 

Get to know more about Melinda here.