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Women’s leadership conference set for Friday at North Tahoe

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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Zawadisha, a Tahoe-based global women’s empowerment nonprofit organization, announced recently that Reno native Rayona Sharpnack will be the keynote speaker at its annual “Women as Change Makers” summit, to be held Friday, Oct. 2, at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Sharpnack, the CEO of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, has facilitated women’s leadership trainings for such Fortune 500 companies as Microsoft, Charles Schwab, and Hewlett Packard.

“Women as Change Makers will bring together some of the most passionate, driven, and successful women in the Reno/Tahoe/Truckee area,” Sharpnack said in a statement regarding Friday’s summit. “It will create opportunities and provide resources for women to develop a deeper understanding of how to create breakthrough change with our money time and talent.”

Among other accomplishments, Sharpnack recently contributed to “Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change,” which also counts Michelle Obama, Suze Orman, and Oprah Winfrey among its contributing authors.

“Women as Change Makers: Building Community From the Ground Up” will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Other speakers will include Tahoe-Truckee residents and officials Susie Sutphin, Mayumi Elegado, Melissa Siig, Kylie Rowe, Kristin York, Kim Wyatt, Carina Black and Cindy Gustafson.

Discussion topics will include “Men as Partners to Women as Change Makers,” “Sowing the Seeds of Local Food Systems,” “The Art of Storytelling,” and “Getting It Done: Lessons from Female Innovators & Entrepreneurs.”

Visit bit.ly/womencm2015 or http://www.zawadisha.org to learn more.