Salute to Women of Achievement

This unique event celebrates the determination, passion and dedication of women in our community and the businesses that support them. Coming from all walks of life, together we celebrate women who meaningfully contribute to their workplace, families and community.  
Local corporations and organizations recognize individual women for their community service, career and personal achievements. Considered Reno’s largest business luncheon, nearly 1,400 attended annually to honor the deserving woman in our community while supporting the Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission of inspiring achievement in local women and their families. 
The luncheon is an excellent opportunity to honor women inside and outside your organization. Honor a key employee in your company or maybe consider recognizing a woman in the community. Identify teachers, caregivers, faith workers, non-profit professionals or volunteers. 


2019 Salute to Women of Achievement

The 2019 Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon was held on May 23, 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort. Over 50 local companies and organizations honored 74 women this year.


Dana Bennett 2019 Event Chair

Dana Bennett chaired this year’s event, she is the first female president of the Nevada Mining Association(NMA) in its 106-year history. NMA is the Nevada’s oldest and most enduring branch in the STEM industry. A lifelong Nevadan with an abiding curiosity about Nevada’s history, Dana grew up in Reno and eventually earned a PhD in history with a focus on women in the Nevada Legislature. She has worked for state government, owned her own business, and published three books and numerous articles.
“It is such an honor to serve as chair of the 2019 luncheon,” Bennett said. “It is exciting to recognize and applaud the outstanding women in our region for their professional, personal and community achievements that support the on-going efforts of Nevada Women’s Fund.” In addition to chairing this important event, Dana serves on several boards, including the Nevada Board of Economic Development.


Sandy Pearce Raffealli 2019 Hall of Fame

This year Sandy Pearce Raffealli was inducted to the Nevada Women’s Fund Hall of Fame. Sandy says, “Being honored by the women I most admire and from whom I have learned so much is humbling and gratifying. Thank you to everyone involved in choosing me for this remarkable honor. The Nevada Women’s Fund and its mission have been very important to me over the last 30 years. How fortunate I am to be involved with this terrific group!”
Sandy is also Nevada’s nominee for the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Each year Ally, TIME Magazine and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) team up to celebrate the many ways auto dealers are doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community.
Bill Pearce Motors encompasses five dealerships in Reno representing brands BMW, Honda, MINI, Porsche and Volvo. Sandy manages the business along with her family, and has been a strong supporter of the Nevada Women’s Fund for many years!


Ieshia Champs 2019 Keynote Speaker

Richard Holman Photography

This year’s speaker for the Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon was Ieshia Champs. She is a recent graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a single mother of five wonderful children, and the first person in her family to pursue a graduate degree. Ieshia was a prior highschool dropout, and was pregnant with her fourth child, when she suffered a crushing barrage of obstacles. She lost her job, lost her home in a fire, and lost her children’s father to cancer. With the support of her children and her pastor, she managed to return to school and receive her GED at the age of twenty-four. Before matriculating into law school she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston-Downtown, majoring in Business Applied Administration.
Ieshia Champs’ story of how she has overcome the odds has spread all over the world. Beginning with the local news media in Houston, people have been inspired by her story through media sources such as; ABC Local & ABC & NBC Nationwide News, Inside Edition, The Shade Room, Yahoo Lifestyle, Ellen DeGeneres, and an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show.

Power of the Purse

Every November the Nevada Women’s Fund brings Power of the Purse to the Downtown Reno Ballroom.  Power of the Purse is a signature fundraising event of the Nevada Women’s Fund and supports our mission ofinspiring achievementin local women, children and families.
This festive, unique and community-oriented event is one of Reno’s premier holiday shopping experiences and will feature more than 70 boutiques, representing the latest in Reno’s fashion, accessories, artisan jewelry, home decor, health and beauty projects and more.
Here are the details for this year’s event:
               Friday November 22, 2019
               Downtown Reno Ballroom
               Tickets are $45 presale/$50 at the door
Pre-Registered Vendors will be contacted directly by the NWF office via e-mail. If your e-mail has changed please let us know immediately so we can keep in communication; send us an e-mail to
If you are interested in applying to be a vendor please do so using the following link.
Important Dates:

September 1, 2019: Completed application and photos due to NWF
September 6, 2019: Pre-approved Vendor Agreement Deadline
September 24, 2019:Power of the Purse | 5pm-9pm |Downtown Reno Ballroom
October 11, 2019:  If accepted, contract and payment due to NWF