KEYNOTE SPEAKER

RAYONA SHARPNACK, a Sparks local who now calls California her home,  is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Gender Partnership and the Institute for Women’s Leadership. Get ready to take your leadership skills to the next level in her energetic, fun, and interactive keynote session.

Drawing on her successful careers in education, professional sports, and business, Rayona has become an inspirational teacher with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. She has delivered keynote speeches, facilitated small workshops and designed large conferences focused on the topic of developing extraordinary male and female leaders working in full partnership. Her masterful approach takes complex theoretical concepts and distills them into memorable and easily grasped learning. Rayona’s methodology, Contextual Leadership™ is detailed in her book, Trade Up! 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership & Life from the Inside Out.


AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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CULTIVATING COLLABORATION

LAUREN KLEIN, the boss of the lady bosses of Reno, will share insights on the power of women collaborating as women in business, society and organizations to drive value creation and change.  During this workshop you will learn how people can achieve extraordinary results, drive innovation through the collaborative process, and best practices and pitfalls of collaboration.

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How to Make Your Voice Heard: Telling Your Story As a Means for Political Action

ASHLEY JENNINGS will explore the ways in which famous activists, community organizers, and leaders have shaped history--and how it all started with knowing and telling their own stories. Participants will leave with a road map that will lead them to authentic and meaningful action in the public arena.

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(RE) DEFINING FAILURE: RUMBLE, RISE, REPEAT

We’ve all been there. Face down. Butt kicked. Knees skinned. If we’re brave enough, often enough – failure comes with the territory. It’s never a question of if we get back up, but how we get back up. Do we rise as victims? Villains? Or maybe even the noble hero.

Redefining failure means choosing a new and more courageous role. Will you answer the call the courage?

In this workshop, AMBER BARNES will share:
- Four must-haves for answering the call to courage
- Self protection tactics that aren’t serving you
- The rules of engagement for rising strong

You’ll walk away with:
- Tools for rumbling with failure
- A process for rising from a fall
- Practices for using failure for transformation

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Being Yin: Preserving Your Health on Your Journey Toward Success

MELINDA CHOY will be discussing eight lifestyle tips to create a balanced mind and body on one's journey towards great life accomplishments and goals.

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BREAKING DOWN BIAS

Did you know that how people perceive you impacts your ability to reach leadership positions? VANESSA VANCOUR will lead an interactive session on acknowledging and managing your bias. During this hands-on workshop, session attendees will walk away with a better understanding of conscious and unconscious bias and will be encouraged to talk to each other about your perceptions. We’ll attempt to collectively answer the question "How can women come together to to address bias?"

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