Women are trending right now (the rest of the world has finally figured out how amazing we are). There’s nothing more popular than to be a hustlin’ female founder, an innovative intrapreneur, an up and coming college grad. But beyond the hype, what does it really take to grow your business, nurture your career, find balance, and forge lasting relationships?
Our phenomenal line-up of female speakers have taken the road less traveled, learned valuable lessons along the way, and cultivated success on their own terms. They're ready to share their insights in interactive, energizing sessions, designed to get your creative juices flowing and impart tangible tools that anyone can apply to their business or career.
Time to roll up your sleeves, turn those thinking caps on, and get ready to make real, lasting change. We're going to take your business, career, and personal life to the next level.
Expert Advice | Networking | Light Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, & Tea | Exposure & Inspiration
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.
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.
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.
(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
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.
BREAKING DOWN BIAS
Did you know that how people perceive you impacts your leadership potential? In this interactive session, VANESSA VANCOUR will share how we can acknowledge and manage our bias. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how we can attempt to collectively answer the question "How can women come together to to address bias?"
From Idea To Scale
Have you ever wondered how you can transform your passion into your career? JEN GURECKI has a knack for doing just this, whether it be locally with Coalition Snow or in Africa with Zawadisha. In this interactive session, she’ll share tangible tips and tools on how you can manifest your vision and create the change in this world you wish to see.
Hey female founders! We get it. Putting yourself out there is hard. What if you stumble over your words? What is people don't like your product or service? What if you don't win? Here's a tip: Get over yourself and do something that will make you a better business woman (even if any of those things actually happen). Find inspiration from your competitors and get your business in front of hundreds of humans. #winwin Companies of all sizes and in all stages are encouraged to apply.
Women As Change Makers is an annual event benefiting Zawadisha, a local social enterprise whose mission is to provide small loans to Kenyan women to help finance their livelihoods. WACM is a bridge that connects the two communities we call home.