The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada chapter has announced finalists for its 2021 Women of Distinction Awards (WODA).
Honorees are set to be announced from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. October 26 in the Paris Las Vegas Versailles Ballroom, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Three-time Emmy Award winning journalist, Patranya Bhoolsuwan of Patranya Media LLC. will be the emcee. Bhoolsuwan has two decades of experience working as a news reporter and anchor across the United States. Her work has appeared on local and national TV networks including CBS, CNN, and CNN Headline News. NAWBO’s Women of Distinction finalists are as follows by category:
- Entrepreneur Category: Cathy Brooks, owner of The Hydrant Club; Dida Clifton, CEO and founder of The Office Squad; and Kortney Olson, CEO of GRRRL.
- Glass Ceiling Category: Dr. Brittnie Watkins, Esq., member of Gaming Control Board; Kenyatta Lewis, executive director supplier diversity & sustainable procurement at MGM Resorts International; and M.J. Maynard, chief executive officer at Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
- Rising Star Category: Christine Maddela, managing partner at Storyville RD & correspondent at BNC; Justine Hill, owner of Moon Lit Beauty Supply; and Mary Bacon, partner at Spencer Fane LLP.
- Arts Category: Gina May, founder & artist of Paper Petals and Wine; Jessica Vargas, owner, freelance photographer & artist at Jess V, LLC; and Maria Ngo, co-Founder of VIPNET Media.
- Education Category: Cami Taiwo, founder & CEO of Mind Your Books Education, Inc; Gail Swift, founder of Plans to Prosper Coaching; and Michelle Jackson, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
- Gaming Category: Cristina Catania, senior national sales manager at MGM Resorts Intl | Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; Dolores (Campuzano) Pignatello, executive director of banquet operations & property ambassador for community involvement at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and Sylvia Tiscareno, general counsel at William Hill US.
- Government Category: Delen Goldberg, assistant city manager at City of North Las Vegas; Elizabeth Anderlik, assistant city attorney at City of Henderson City Attorney’s Office; and Lisa Levine, principal of Sagebrush Strategies.
- Medical Category: Christina Madison, PharmD, FCCP, AAHIVP., Clinical Pharmacist & public health and communications specialist at The Public Health Pharmacist, PLLC (A Public Health Consulting Firm); Dinisha Mingo, founder & CEO of Mingo Health Solutions Behavioral Services; and Sue Rodriguez, health coach at My Coach Sue.
- Philanthropy Category: Dina Patel, co-founder & president of Healthy Sunrise Foundation; Pauline Lee, board member & communications Director at Keystone Corporation; and Tiffany Tyler-Garner, PhD., executive director at Children’s Advocacy Alliance.
- Professional Services: Augusta Massey, managing attorney & principal of Massey & Associates; Larissa Drohobyczer, attorney at Stovall & Associates; and Lynn Purdue, partner at Purdue Marion.
- Real Estate Category: Delinda Crampton, realtor at The Crampton Group, Berkshire Hathaway; Elena Ledoux, chief operating officer of Boss Security Screens; and Nicole Bloom, division president at Richmond American Homes.
- Restaurant Category: Jill Shlesinger, chef & entrepreneur at Starburst Parlor; Kitty Heck, partner at Chinglish Wine Bar; and Monica Brown, owner of Plus Love Fashions LLC.
- STEM Category: Christine Heinrich, talent sorceress at Taurean Consulting; Erika Moonin, president of Moonin Associates, PLLC; and Jennifer McCloskey, CEO & founder of Girls Athletic Leadership School.
Grants will also be awarded.
To purchase WODA event tickets, visit nawbosnv.org.
MORE ABOUT NAWBO SOUTHERN NEVADA
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada works to connect women to the resources, people, information and organizations that can help them achieve their personal, business and political goals.
Founded in 1975 by a group of like-minded businesswomen to serve as the voice of women business owners and advocate on behalf of their entrepreneurial interests, NAWBO is proud to carry on that legacy and serve as the collective voice for women entrepreneurs of this generation and the next in the Nation’s Capital and state capitols across the country. NAWBO Southern Nevada member businesses range in size from sole proprietorship to those with hundreds of employees and represent a variety of industries.
For more information about NAWBO Southern Nevada, visit nawbosnv.org.