Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada (formerly Powerful Women of the Sierra Nevada) is in its fourth year of successfully bringing together leaders from around the region for celebration of the great contributions women make to our personal and professional communities.

We are looking forward to gathering again on October 27 at the Atlantis Casino Resort for networking, professional development, and celebration as we unveil the latest group of women to be honored as Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada!

Check back frequently for more news about our upcoming event.


Influential Women is a program from Breaking Ground Institute, the national conference division of Swift Communications. Our mission is to connect, develop, and celebrate women leaders making positive impacts in their professions and in their community.

Our Team

Sarah Day Levesque
Managing Director

Sarah is a firm believer in the power of learning and enrichment experiences to bring communities of all kinds together for positive change.

Before joining Swift Communications in late 2016, Sarah played a key role in the development of successful event and media brands, including Women In Agribusiness. Sarah holds an M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis.

When she’s not working, you can find Sarah running, cheering on the New England Patriots, volunteering in local agriculture education or playing ball with her family.

Keri Hayes
Director of Operations

Keri has been producing professional conferences in both domestic and international markets since 2006. Her mix of experience in planning, publishing, marketing, negotiation, writing, budgeting, and sales allows her to handle all of the back end needs that make for a successful event.

Prior to joining Swift Communications in 2018, Keri spent 25 years producing and growing events and publications including Women in Agribusiness.

Keri lives on the coast of Maine with her two teenagers and her dog. She is an elected School Board member and Trustee of her local high school, board vice president of Acadia Community Theater, and a member of her town’s Solar Committee. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, sports, photography, gardening, and time around a campfire.

Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada

2021 Board of Advisors