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The Women + Money summit is hosted by the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office. This one-day event will take place on March 22, 2023. The summit encourages women of all ages, cultures, and financial situations to be in community with one another as they learn and grow together.

The Treasurer’s Office, in collaboration with dynamic community partners, will provide several powerful sessions on Leadership, Financial Planning and Investing, Entrepreneurship, Grant Writing, Saving for College, Retirement and so much more! The goal is to assist women leaders as they navigate the complexities of financial security.

Join us as we empower Nevada women by providing access to crucial financial information, valuable resources, and new mentors and friends. Invest In Yourself – You’re Worth It!


Sandra Douglass Morgan
President of the Las Vegas Raiders

Sandra Douglass-Morgan is a visionary and trailblazer with more than two decades of leadership experience in the sports, gaming, legal and corporate sectors. She has served as a chief regulator, director, attorney, and advisor to integrated resorts, casinos, and telecommunications companies. No stranger to historic firsts, Sandra was named President of the Las Vegas Raiders by Owner Mark Davis in July of 2022, making her the first Black female team president in the National Football League’s history. Sandra led the passage and implementation of cashless wagering regulations and ensured that gaming licensees adopted policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. She was honored as one of the most influential “Women in Business and Politics.” Sandra graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Political Science and holds a Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Christal Allen-Harrahill
Certified Life and Relationship Coach

Christal Allen-Harrahill is a mom, wife, and certified Life & Relationship Coach. She is a strong marriage coach for professional women who want to stop having the same fight with their spouses. Through her coaching and mastermind programs, she helps women create strong marriages through identity transformation. This work results in achieving their home life, relationship, and professional goals. Christal is relatable with a down-to-earth vibe that makes you feel seen, safe, and cared for. She believes women are change makers, and that families and generations change when women engage in their unique transformation. 

Danielle Anthony
State Treasurer’s Office
Deputy Treasurer – Unclaimed Property

Danielle Anthony has been a resident of Nevada most of her life and has proudly served in the State of Nevada’s employment since 2013.  She has a baccalaureate degree in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Manager. Before joining the Treasurer’s Office as an Auditor in 2019, she was an auditor for the Gaming Control Board. Danielle serves on several committees of the National Association Unclaimed Property Administrators, including serving as chair of the Audit Committee.

Sharon Braddy-McKoy
Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of Southwest Gas Corporation

Sharon Braddy-McKoy is Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of Southwest Gas Corporation. She is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of all aspects of Southwest’s Human Resources, Corporate and Administrative Services, and Real Estate and Facilities Departments. Sharon manages the Company’s workforce initiatives, including recruitment, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement and recognition. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.  She serves on the Board of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Office of Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the Corporate Work Study Committee of the Cristo Rey St Viator College Preparatory High School and the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. Sharon recently established a local chapter of Blessings in A Backpack, a non-profit which provides kids with a backpack filled with satisfying and nutritional food to take home on Fridays to guarantee hunger-free weekends. 

Nancy Brune
Ward 6
Las Vegas City Councilwoman

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Nancy Brune was elected on Nov. 8, 2022 to serve a four-year term and represent the residents of Ward 6 which is located in the northwest part of the valley. Prior to running for office, Councilwoman Brune served as founding executive director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, Nevada’s only bipartisan policy center, for almost a decade. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, essays, blogs and op-ed pieces, and was a regular columnist with The Nevada Independent. Councilwoman Brune is currently a research professor at Desert Research Institute and a principal at Luz Development Institute. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her Master of Public Policy and bachelor’s degrees from Harvard University. In 2016, Councilwoman Brune was appointed to sit on the President’s Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

Lisa Chastain
Financial Wellness Expert and Mentor

Lisa Chastain is the #1 Best Selling Author of Girl, Get Your $hit Together, Lisa teaches women of all ages how to take control of their finances. For over 20 years, Lisa has been coaching and mentoring women. From a professional in higher education, as a financial advisor, seasoned life coach, and today as a money coach, she teaches her clients what it takes to make dreams become reality. Throughout her 30’s, Lisa struggled with money, her marriage and across the board in life. From being at the top of her game in 2011 to blowing through her life savings to start her own business (and failing!), Lisa knows firsthand what financial struggle feels like. She has been featured in O-The Oprah Magazine, CNBC, Fortune, Entrepreneur magazines and is on a mission to help women everywhere on the planet raise their Financial IQ.

Shani J Coleman
Director, Office of Community and Economic Development for Clark County, NV 

With 20+ years of strategic planning, marketing, and budgeting experience, Shani Coleman is an economic developer with proven success in creating new business opportunities to drive strategic growth throughout Southern Nevada. As the current director of the newly formed Office of Community and Economic Development for Clark County, NV, Ms. Coleman applies her extensive skills and experience, along with her passion for the community she calls home, to build awareness of the opportunities that exist beyond the lights of Las Vegas. This work drives new growth and investment throughout unincorporated Clark County, and helps shape a better, brighter future for residents and businesses alike.  In addition to economic development, Ms. Coleman is skilled in local, regional, and federal government relations.  Ms. Coleman holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

JC Cudiamat
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Sr. VP, Relationship Manager

JC Cudiamat works with businesses with revenues from $5 million up to $150 million, assisting owners with their financial needs to ensure the long-term success of the business and help families secure their financial futures. JC continues over 20 years in banking, having worked at global and regional banks in commercial lending, treasury management, card products, and small business. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Risk Management Association, which helps its member financial institutions’ ability to assess and manage risk through education, products, and community. In addition, JC sits on the Board of Transition Services, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to provide meaningful work and experiences for people with developmental disabilities. She volunteers at charitable organizations such as Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Three Square, Neighborhood Housing Services, and Opportunity Village. 

Angie Dobney
Vice President of Revenue Management and Customer Relationship Management, Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Angie Dobney has a proven track record of helping hospitality brands achieve maximum growth, Ms. Dobney is responsible designing and implementing Fontainebleau Las Vegas’ hotel revenue management objectives and positioning the hotel’s pricing and distribution of inventory across various channels in order to maximize revenues, while creating processes and frameworks that align the customer’s experience with the company’s revenue goals. Angie joined Fontainebleau Las Vegas after more than two years as founder and head of Rise Up Revenue Optimization. Angie holds a degree in hospitality from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds the coveted Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) certification from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HASMAI) Academy. Angie is also a 2018 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, where she currently is a mentor to new participants, as well as is involved with gaming and tourism day. 

Tiffany Dyson
Putnam Retail Management
Practice Management Specialist

Tiffany L. Dyson delivers innovative business-building ideas and content to help financial advisors prospect new households and retain clients. Ms. Dyson provides training in digital media strategies to help advisors grow their businesses and connect with the next generation of clients. She is Co-Chair of the Women of Putnam Community Committee. Ms. Dyson has been in the investment industry since she joined Putnam in 2018. Previously at Putnam, Ms. Dyson served as a Senior Associate Consultant and a Senior Regional Associate, providing sales and marketing support to financial advisors and key home-office contacts at independent broker-dealers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Dyson holds her Series 7 and 66 licenses with FINRA.

Malika El Bakkal Lees
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Las Vegas, Nevada
Community Manager

Malika El Bakkal Lees is a seasoned banker with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Currently she serves as Chase’s Community Manager in the Las Vegas region. In that role, she is the local extension of JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to advancing racial equity and closing the racial wealth gap by building and nurturing relationships with community leaders, nonprofit partners, and small businesses at the neighborhood level. She was raised in Casablanca, Morocco and then later immigrated to France for a college education. Malika received two master’s degrees: Business Law and Business Maritime and Transportation Law. In 2006, she immigrated to the United States to pursue the American dream. She is an avid volunteer and currently serves on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Financial Wellness Advisory Board, Opportunity Alliance Nevada’s Financial Advisor Committee and Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada’s Resource Committee. 

Melissa Flores-Murray
Co-Owner of
Redbox+Dumpsters of Southwest Las Vegas

Melissa Flores-Murray is a Los Angeles native, proud UNLV Alumni and a mother to 3 beautiful children. Her career has afforded her amazing opportunities to build a wealth of knowledge around the Construction and Facilities industries, a decade of Banking experience (consumer, business & investments) and a passion for serving her community. Melissa is passionate about entrepreneurship as it has provided her with a work/life balance and financial independence. 

Lynsey Freeman
WestPac Wealth Partners,
Managing Director

Lynsey Freeman provides a simple yet highly effective method of approaching finance – in a fun, personalized, compassionate, relatable, and realistic way. She was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School. She pursued a basketball scholarship at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006 and later finished her bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to her career, Lynsey is focused on putting her passions and skills to good use by supporting local organizations and projects. She is the Chairwoman of the Board of The Foundation for Positively Kids. She is also the City Leader for Gals That Brunch, where she can create a positive, authentic, and empowering atmosphere for women to connect and create a community within Las Vegas. 

Dr. Michele Freeman
Retired Chief – City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety

Michele Freeman began her law enforcement career in 1992 with the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety as a Corrections Officer. She served as Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, before she was appointed Chief in 2011 and held the position for almost ten years before her retirement. Michele earned her Doctor of Public Policy Degree, a Master’s degree in public administration, a Master’s certificate in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, all from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Michele remains an active member of numerous organizations. In addition, her time is filled with volunteering for non-profit organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Nevada Chapter. She is recognized as a helper with a compassionate heart, and her motto is to lead with love. She leads by example with her commitment to developing others and seeking opportunities for self-improvement.

Christine González
Nevada State College
Senior Grants Manager

Christine González has worked over 10 years at Hispanic-serving institutions, ranging from federally qualified health centers to institutions of higher education, she is passionate about giving back to her community by putting her skills to work. Over the last six years, Ms. González has focused primarily on assisting organizations secure and manage federal, state, local, and private grant funding to support evidence-based programs that are vital to the success of the community and future generations. In addition to first-hand experience at successful grant writing and proposal development, her competencies include grant prospecting, budget development, project management, award financial management, and federal grant regulations and compliance. Ms. González earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UC San Diego and a Master of Arts degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University.

Jacqueline Gravatt
Chief of Police for the North Las Vegas Police Department

Jacqueline Gravatt was appointed Chief of Police on May 16, 2022. Her career with the North Las Vegas Police Department began on September 4, 2001. She was the first black female to serve as a police officer with the agency. During her tenure with the department, she served in several capacities including Patrol Sergeant, Detective Bureau Sergeant, Lieutenant of Internal Affairs, and Assistant Chief of Police. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 272. Her experience in the mental and behavioral health field proved to be an asset with investigations, building relationships and serving the community. Chief Gravatt takes pride in the fact that her leadership style is focused on looking at the unique strengths of individuals and mentoring them in the areas they need support. Chief Gravatt also is on the boards of Nevada Sheriffs & Chiefs Association and Southern Nevada Police Athletic League.

Lori Hoover
State Treasurer’s Office
Chief Deputy Treasurer

Lori Hoover is a Certified Public Accountant and has served in State government since 2012 at the Division of Internal Audits and the State Controller’s Office.  Her responsibilities as Chief Deputy Treasurer include working closely with the Treasurer’s divisions – Debt Management, Investment Management, Cash Management, Unclaimed Property, and College Savings.  Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Trina Jiles
Gritz Café

Trina Jiles is a Las Vegas native, mom, former firefighter, and restaurateur. In 1996, Trina became the first, African American, female firefighter for the Clark County Fire Department.  She continued to blaze the trails by becoming a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Service Instructor and ultimately retired in 2017 as the first, African American, female Fire Investigator in the State of Nevada.  Trina has a passion for serving her community.  In 2008, she opened Gritz Café in the heart of the Historical Westside community.  Driven by her desire to inspire others to break glass ceilings and achieve the unthinkable.  Gritz Cafe is a community staple, earning Trina numerous awards for her community contributions.  Trina’s motto is “All that I am, I owe. I live eternally in the red.”  Her faith in God and her desire to give back to her community stems from the Legacy left by her mother, Willia Mae Chaney.

Asha Jones
Chief of Staff – Congressman Steven Horsford NV-04

Asha Jones is a dedicated community advocate and dynamic leader with two decades of experience in public affairs and public service. She previously worked for Senator Harry Reid, Representative Shelley Berkley giving her decades of experience in the federal government. In 2016, Asha served as the Nevada Political Director for Hillary for America. She played an integral role in the successful campaign that led to the election of the first Latina in the U.S. Senate, Catherine Cortez-Masto. She sits as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Steven Horsford. She is one of 24 Black Chiefs of Staff currently appointed in the House of Representatives. Outside of politics, she is a founding board member for the Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals. Asha is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Theta Omicron Zeta Chapter. She continues to live out their mission by striving to effect long-lasting positive change.

Layke Martin
Nevada Cannabis Association
Executive Director

Layke Martin is an attorney and professor. She serves as the Executive Director of the Nevada Cannabis Association, where she coordinates legislative and policy agendas, educational programming, and community outreach. Layke previously served as the Assistant Dean for External Relations at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, overseeing the law school’s career development, alumni relations, communications, event, and development departments.  She currently teaches several courses at UNLV’s School of Public Policy and Leadership and has presented at national conferences on topics related to leadership and advancing women’s careers in the legal profession. After graduating from UNLV, Layke attended law school at Boston University and practiced business litigation with a Las Vegas law firm.  The State Bar awarded her Young Lawyer of the Year in 2015.  She received Vegas Inc.’s “40 Under 40” Award in 2016.

Dr. Tya Mathis-Coleman
State Treasurer’s Office
Deputy Treasurer (College Savings Division)

Dr. Tya R. Mathis-Coleman is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a proud product of the Clark County School District and the Nevada System of Higher Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and she received both her Master of Public Administration and her Doctor of Public Policy degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She volunteers with the BCON, Les Femmes Douze debutante program, the Junior League of Las Vegas with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for CASA, Age-On, and the UNLV Alumni Association. She is responsible for helping Nevada families plan, saves and pay for post-secondary education. She feels privileged to work for an organization with the same values as her own. 

Michelle Mercado
Wells Fargo & Company
Nevada Region Vice-President,
Regional Banking Senior Manager

Michelle Mercado inspires more than 100 team members to create exceptional service experiences for customers. She is also focused on fostering career development for employees.  Prior to her current position, Mercado led multi-branch teams for another financial institution in New London, Conn. and throughout California. She also worked in the learning and development function after starting her career as a branch manager over 20 years ago. Mercado holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from California State University, Fresno and has completed the CBA Executive Banking School. She also launched and serves as the Chair of the Wells Fargo Nevada Disabilities ERN helping to enable team members with physical challenges.  For many years, Mercado has had a connection to and currently serves on the board for United Way of Southern Nevada to support the ongoing needs of the community.

Jerrie Merritt
Bank of Nevada,
Sr. VP, Community Development

Jerrie E. Merritt’s banking career spans 40 years, allowing her to work with a diverse group of business clients and community and nonprofit groups whose goals are to improve the local community. Jerrie’s responsibilities include coordinating all community development initiatives and working as an intermediary with state and local agencies and other groups involved in the community and economic development programs and projects. She is the board chairperson of Workforce Connections and president of the Hannah Brown Community Development Corporation. She is passionately involved with many other philanthropic and civic organizations. In 2021, Merritt received the Trailblazer Award presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Las Vegas Chapter. Merritt was included in the My Vegas Magazine’s Top 100 Women of Influence and received the Silver State Award for Female Executive of the Year. 

Judith Minsk
Putnam Investments
Director, Investment Strategies

Judith A. Minsk is responsible for executing key strategic sales and product initiatives and marketing programs. Ms. Minsk leads efforts to create external sales materials and produce broad messaging to both internal and external audiences. In addition, Ms. Minsk oversees the marketing and product development for Putnam’s 529 for America college savings plan and manages other key client relationships. She is a member of Putnam’s Diversity Advisory Council. Ms. Minsk served in various roles, including Regional Marketing Associate, Advisory Specialist, Alliance Account Manager for Investment-Only, and Broker-Dealer Relationship Manager. She has been in the investment industry since she joined Putnam in 1993. Ms. Minsk holds her Series 6, 7, 24, 53, 63, and 65 licenses with FINRA. 

Dr. Alee Moore
Nevada GrantLab
Director of Capacity Building

Dr. Alee Moore received her Ph.D. and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently, Alee provides capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations by creating learning environments that emphasize specific skills needed to find, win, and effectively manage federal resources that can transform communities.  In addition to her work as a nonprofit director, Dr. Moore applies her passion for promoting social and economic justice through community leadership roles, such as board memberships at Strong Start Academy Elementary School and the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Council.   She is a co-creator of the Council of Social Work Education’s Curricular Guide for Social Work Licensing and Regulation. Her areas of expertise include the development, delivery, and evaluation of professional development opportunities; equity learning; needs assessment metrics and program planning; and competency modeling.

Kim Nehls
Assistant Dean for External Relations of Lee Business School,
Lecturer for Marketing and International Business at UNLV

Dr. Kimberly Nehls teaches multiple classes each semester and is the recent recipient of the Lee Business School Teacher of the Year (2022), Undergraduate Faculty Research Mentor Award (2022), and UNLV Student Government Faculty Achievement Award (2021). In her current role as Assistant Dean, Kim is responsible for community outreach and engagement, fundraising, events, and communications. Prior to her full-time roles in the business school, Kim served as Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). While in this role for 10 years, Kim doubled the membership, conference attendance, and conference proposal submissions while working closely with the staff, board of directors, and volunteers. She earned the Association’s Service Award in 2018.  Kim earned a Global MBA from Duke University, a PhD in higher education and a master’s degree in communication from UNLV, and bachelor’s degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lauren Parker
Founder and Owner of NDO Wellness

Lauren B. Parker is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Health Coach with over 17 years of healthcare experience. Over her career, Lauren realized her style of care did not fit inside the healthcare system box. The desire to practice holistic care was born and the transition to entrepreneurship began. At NDO Wellness, Lauren focuses on helping clients fight fatigue naturally so they can have the quality of life they desire and deserve. Lauren’s expertise in IV vitamin therapy, health coaching and corporate wellness has helped countless clients feel their best. Recently, Lauren was the recipient of the 50 Under 50 Nursing Award by the Nevada Nurses Foundation in 2020. She is a Co-Host of the Healthcare Roundtable and a Lead Member of the Committee for the Urban Chamber of Commerce. 

Karen Susseth Ponce
Licensed Financial Professional

Karen Susseth Ponce is a licensed financial professional passionate about helping others make the right financial decisions through education. She educates and helps families plan for the three main areas of life: becoming ill, dying too soon, or living a long & healthy life with adequate savings. Karen teaches families and business owners the importance of building a strong financial foundation so it can weather any unexpected events. Though many women want to be independent and financially savvy, statistically, women score lower on financial literacy tests, have more debt, and are living longer without enough retirement savings. One of my personal goals is for women to feel confident and comfortable with their finances and be prepared for the “what if’s” in life, so they do not have to be stressed, overworked, and reliant on anyone.

JoAnn Prevetti
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Director of Development

JoAnn Prevetti’s background in philanthropy began in New York City, where she worked for Estee Lauder Companies. Upon moving to Las Vegas, Ms. Prevetti expanded her philanthropic collaborations by working directly for Mr. Jim Rogers, one of the nation’s top philanthropists. Ms. Prevetti joined the Las Vegas- Clark County Library District and has secured $1.5 million in funding and over $5 million in bequest commitments for library programs and operations. She was involved in numerous projects that raised over $300 million for national institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations such as, but not limited to, Autism Speaks, Motion Picture and Television Fund, New York University (NYU), and the University of Arizona. She is currently a member of the Women’s Executive Council. Ms. Prevetti is currently seeking an MLA in Government from Harvard University’s Extension School and will be conferred Doctor of Business Administration in 2023 from Grand Canyon University. 

Tina Quigley
President and CEO

Tina Quigley embraced and fought for sweeping technological advances, advocated for comprehensive future planning, and built critical partnerships to position the Las Vegas Valley for ongoing and sustained economic vitality. She believes firmly in approaching regional projects with collaborative, multiagency communication, and public inclusion. 

Quigley began her career as a planner at Harry Reid International Airport where, for over 15 years, she grew to oversee the major capital projects program. She is a licensed pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Airport Planning & Development from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is an alum of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development. She is active on several boards including Workforce Connections, NV GrantLab, and the Nevada Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. 

Beth Rubins
Lead Instructor for the UNLV Grant Academy

Beth Rubins is a grant fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofit & public agency management, and organizational development expert with over 15 years of experience. Beth’s expertise is in winning and managing up to 7-figure grant awards from private, family, and corporate foundations, and up to 8-figure awards from state and federal government grants. Beth has raised and managed over $74 million in grant support for nonprofits, public education, and government organizations nationally, with a focus on Nevada and California. Beth teaches university and professional development courses on grant development, fundraising, and nonprofit management and received the 2020 UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Educational Outreach Faculty Excellence Award. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) emphasizing Industrial/Organizational Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California Irvine. 

Ana Salazar
VP Alliance Leadership
U. S. Bank,
Goals Coach Manager

Ana is an ICF Accredited Financial Wellness and Positive Psychology coach and a CPC Life & Leadership coach.  She has managed the U. S. Bank Goal Coaching Program the last 4 years.  This program offers free personal, professional, and financial wellness coaching to anyone looking to achieve their goals.  They do so by providing motivation, support, accountability, and subject matter expert guidance to empower goal achievement with clarity and confidence.  She has worked in the financial industry for 31 years and with U. S. Bank the last 15 years.  Her professional background includes transformational leadership and management.  Career development and performance coaching, people management and small business development. Ana is a proud UNLV Alumni, holding a Sociology degree and serves as an advisor for The Customer Experience Certificate Program at UNLV Continuing Education.

Latoya Silmon
KSNV News 3 Las Vegas

Latoya Silmon is an award-winning journalist with five Emmys and two Edward R. Murrow awards for her work.  She anchors the noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, weeknights on KSNV News 3.  She joined the team in October of 2016. While at News 3, Latoya co-anchored five hours of nonstop coverage of Las Vegas’ darkest hour- the One October mass shooting.  She also covered Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the entire Sinclair Broadcast Group, field anchored the NFL Draft coverage in Las Vegas and hosted numerous specials. Latoya’s other career highlights include reporting from the Coretta Scott King Funeral in Atlanta, covering presidents, and moderating a forum on the “War on Terrorism.”  She graduated from the University of Houston with a dual degree in broadcast journalism and public relations.  She also studied Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

Glenda Swain
Wynn Resorts North America
Vice-President for Diversity & Inclusion

Glenda Swain is responsible for developing and implementing the diversity strategy for Wynn’s North America business with luxury properties including Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas, Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Design and Development and Wynn Sports Interactive. Prior to joining Wynn Resorts, Glenda worked in the auto industry for 2 of the Big 3 automakers (Ford Motor Company and Chrysler) where she was responsible for EEO compliance and diversity & inclusion for the manufacturing and engineering organizations.  She also worked for The Coca-Cola Company where she was responsible for diversity communications and diversity recruitment. Glenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Grambling State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. She is a Diamond-Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlanta, Georgia.

Janise Wiggins
Grant Me Success
CEO and Founder

Janise Wiggins has served the citizens of Nevada for the past 25 years, focusing on education, human services, social justice, access to care, and healthcare policy advocacy. Janise’s service to Nevada includes experience in both the non-profit and public sectors, including time with the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County Social Service. Janise also served as the Governor’s Consumer Health Advocate under Governor Brian Sandoval. Janise holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Administration and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Affairs through the UNLV School of Public Policy and Leadership. On a national level, Janise has been a Behavioral and Social Science Technical Assistance Provider for the American Psychological Association. In 2017, she was honored as a recipient of the National Minority Quality Forum’s – 40 Leaders under 40 in Health Award.

Shane Young
Young Law Group

Shane Young is passionate about educating, counseling, and providing exceptional value and service to the community. Shane is dedicated to empowering others to make well-informed decisions for themselves, their loved ones and children, and their businesses as well as other assets – keeping families and business owners out of court and conflict, providing true peace of mind, and achieving goals such as protection, legacy, and generational wealth. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and holds a law degree from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. Shane was recently featured as a Top Businesswoman in Nevada by Vanity Fair, Fortune 500, Forbes, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She has been selected for the “40 Under 40” Award by In Business and named among the Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine.


8:00am – 9:00amRegistration: Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15amWelcome:  Dr. Tya Mathis-Coleman, Deputy Treasurer
9:15am – 9:30amRemarks: Zach Conine, Nevada State Treasurer
9:30am – 10:00amState Treasurer’s Office Overview 
10:00am – 10:15amTitle Sponsor Speaker: Wells Fargo
10:15am – 10:30amKeynote Sponsor Speaker: Southwest Gas 
10:40am – 11:40pmBreakout Session 1: 



Learn from seasoned professionals about their experiences, unique strengths and how they are positively impacting the organizations they lead.    


Dr. Tya Mathis-Coleman, Deputy Treasurer, Nevada State Treasurer’s Office – College Savings 


JC Cudiamat, Enterprise Bank & Trust Sr. VP, Relationship Manager 

Jacqueline Gravatt, Chief of Police for the North Las Vegas Police Department  

Tina Quigley, President & CEO at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance 

Glenda Swain, Vice-President for Diversity & Inclusion for Wynn Resorts North America  




Unravel the mystery of educational, public, private, and federal grants and the key to securing funding opportunities.   


Janise Wiggins, CEO and Founder, Grant Me Success  


Christine González, Senior Grants Manager at Nevada State College  

Dr. Alee Moore, Director of Capacity Building at Nevada GrantLab  

JoAnn Prevetti, Director of Development for Las Vegas-Clark County Library District   

Beth Rubins, MSW, GPC, Lead Instructor for the UNLV Grant Academy  



Women control roughly 51% of personal wealth in the United States and are increasingly in charge of financial decision-making and investing. At the same time, they face specific challenges to financial planning including longevity and earnings inequality. In this session, we will:   

  • Review the unique financial opportunities and challenges women face   
  • Learn to navigate your financial life stages with a comprehensive checklist   
  • Prepare for your financial future   


Tiffany L. Dyson, Practice Management Specialist for Putnam Retail Management  

Judith A. Minsk, Director, Investment Strategies for Putnam Investments 

11:50pm – 1:20pmLunch and Keynote Speaker: Sandra Douglass Morgan, President of the Las Vegas Raiders
1:30pm – 2:30pmBreakout Session 2:



Invest In Yourself You’re Worth It! Learn about resources and tools to guide you on your financial journey.   


Latoya Silmon, Anchor, KSNV News 3 Las Vegas 


Lynsey Freeman, Managing Director for WestPac Wealth Partners  

Jerrie E. Merritt, Senior Vice President, Community Development at Bank of Nevada  

Dr. Kim Nehls, Assistant Dean for External Relations of Lee Business School  

Ana Salazar, VP Alliance Leadership, U. S. Bank, Goals Coach Manager 



Discover how Government entities can positively assist and impact your family, business, and your financial future.     


Shani J Coleman, Director, Office of Community and Economic Development for Clark County, NV  


Danielle Anthony, Deputy Treasurer, Nevada State Treasurer’s Office – Unclaimed Property  

Asha Jones, Chief of Staff, Congressman Steven Horsford NV-04  

Kirsten Van Ry, Chief of Staff, Nevada State Treasurer’s Office  



  • Money values – What is your relationship with money? 
  • SMART Goals – What are your top 3 GOALs and how do they fit in your Budget? 
  • Budgeting – Have you checked your spending recently? 


Malika El Bakkal Lees, Community Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Las Vegas, Nevada 

Lori Hoover, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Nevada State Treasurer’s Office 

2:40pm – 3:40pmBreakout Session 3:



Learn the basics of entrepreneurship and being your own boss.   


Layke Martin, Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Association  


Angie Dobney, Vice President of Revenue Management, Fontainebleau Las Vegas 

Melissa Flores, Murray – Co-Owner of Redbox+ Dumpsters Southwest Las Vegas  

Trina Jiles, Gritz Café – CEO  

Lauren Parker, APRN, FNP-C Founder and Owner of NDO Wellness  



Find peace of mind.  Learn the value of living for today while planning for tomorrow & life after retirement.  


Nancy Brune, Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Ward 6  


Christal Allen-Harrahill, Certified Life and Relationship Coach  

Dr. Michele Freeman, Retired Chief – City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety  

Karen Susseth Ponce, Licensed Financial Professional  

Shane Young, Attorney and Founder of Young Law Group  



Join Lisa Chastain, #1 bestselling author* and professional money coach who is dedicated to empowering women like you on improving their finances and living their best life.    


Lisa Chastain, Financial Wellness Expert and Mentor  


*Each summit attendee will receive a free copy of her book and will have an opportunity to get it signed after this session.

3:50pm – 5:00pmClosing Session

*Attendees will be required to select one (1) topic for each breakout session time slot.












For information regarding exhibition space, please contact Abraham Gomez at 702-486-3955 or via email at