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Who Will be Honored as the Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada in 2021?

Registration is now open for the 2021 Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada Awards Luncheon & Workshops at the Atlantis Casino Resort on October 27, 2021.

We are looking forward to honoring the women in our community who deserve to be recognized for creating positive change and inspiring others to do the same. These women are engaged, driven, and impactful. They are leaders, working to build thriving, heart-centered organizations and communities. Meet our 40 FINALISTS here!

We’re putting together a great program of inspiration, celebration, and professional and personal development. Check back often for updates. The Awards Luncheon will be hosted by everyone’s favorite MC, Connie Wray.


Schedule subject to change.

The Atlantis Casino Resort • Reno, NV
All times listed are in Pacific Time
October 27, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Workshop Registration & Coffee Networking
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 am
WORKSHOP A: “Leveraging Our Stories to Build Our Strength”
with Tiffany Banks
WORKSHOP B: “The Power of Confidence: Overcoming Self-Doubt to be an Authentic Leader”
with Denise Castle
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration for Luncheon & Coffee Networking
12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada Awards Program
With everyone’s favorite MC, Connie Wray
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Angie Taylor, President & CEO of Guardian Quest
• Recognition of the Influential Women of 2020
• Celebration of our Community
• Meet the 40 Finalists
• Announcement of the 2021 Class of Influential Women
• Presentation of Achievement Awards
Lunch will be served during the awards program.
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closing Networking


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Thank you to all who helped make the 2020 Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada program a success!

It might have looked a little different but the 2020 Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada Awards program still celebrated, motivated and inspired. The virtual event brought the community together to recognize the contributions of our 40 finalists and unveil the Influential Women of 2020. The program featured an inspirational and educational keynote address delivered by the incredible Dr. Erin Oksol, the unveiling of our 2020 class of Influential Women of the Sierra Nevada, AND lots of opportunities for attendees to engage with other women in the community.



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We’re not only about celebrating the amazing women in this community, we’re also about helping them grow. New this year, we are offering opportunities for additional in-depth professional development with morning professional and leadership workshops on the morning of the awards luncheon. Workshops are a separate registration from the Awards Luncheon. Attendees will choose one workshop when registering.

WORKSHOP A: “Leveraging Our Stories to Build Our Strength”

with Tiffany Banks

We all have a past, with stories that have shaped who we are. Have you ever taken the time to identify the highs and lows of your journey and how it has impacted you and others?

As a result of this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Map and honor your past
  • Identify times of shame as well as resiliency
  • Purge the imposter syndrome
  • Use your story to impact others

As an attorney, facilitator and mentor, Tiffany Banks is passionate about cultivating leaders by identifying their unique gifts and empowering them to share their stories in a way that impacts others.

Tiffany’s experiences as a beer school graduate, NASCAR pit spokesperson, PGA tour liaison, production assistant on a major TV show and a secret service staffer who helped guard President Bush, Sr., have served her well in identifying that everyone has a story; it is how you use it to make an impact for others that really matters.

Tiffany has served in various leadership roles, and volunteers at a number of non-profits across Nevada. In 2019, she was a recipient of the Reno/Tahoe Young Professional 20 under 40 Award and The Sierra Nevada Most Powerful Women Awards (now Influential Women of Sierra Nevada.) She is a proud wife to Garrett, a third generation building contractor, and mom to two toddlers, Beckett and Brooklyn.

WORKSHOP B: “The Power of Confidence: Overcoming Self-Doubt to be an Authentic Leader”

with Denise Castle

Do you often question your worth? Are you scared that you aren’t qualified to fill the shoes required in your position or those required to take the next step in your career? Toss the self-doubt aside in this workshop and reach beyond your comfort zone while exploring strategies to eliminate feelings of inadequacy and achieve authenticity.

As a result of this workshop, you’ll:

  • Discover what hinders your personal power
  • Learn how to approach difficult situations with confidence
  • Focus on the importance of building yourself a support system

Denise Castle is the Chief Executive Officer of JOIN Inc., a private, 501(c)(3) community benefit organization dedicated to addressing Nevada’s workforce needs and creating a pipeline of skilled and work-ready individuals across Northern Nevada. Denise has spent the past 15 years working for non-profit organizations in Northern Nevada, which sparked her passion for workforce development. Most recently, Denise has focused on deploying emergency assistance to those whose careers were affected by the pandemic. With Denise’s guidance, JOIN provided career exploration and training to over 1,000 Nevadans who needed it the most in 2020-2021.

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