2019 Salute to Women of Achievement
May 23, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort
Dana Bennett to Chair the 2019 Women of Achievement Luncheon!
Dana Bennett is President of the Nevada Mining Association, the trade association for Nevada’s oldest and most enduring 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.
Nevada Women’s Fund 2019 Hall of Fame!
Nevada Women’s Fund celebrates Sandy Pearce Raffealli!
Sandy Pearce Raffealli will be 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 to Keynote Women of Achievement Luncheon!
This year’s speaker for the Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon is 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 high‐school 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.