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Social Scene | Michelle Obama the highlight of Nevada Women’s Summit

Story and photos by Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
After she spoke the First Lady shook hands for 20 minutes with ecstatic attendees.
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She blew into Reno like a breath of fresh air, looking fashion magazine perfect in a coral Narcisso Rodriguez sleeveless (of course) dress and a double-strand pearl choker.

Michelle Obama was the big-draw keynote speaker at the sold out Women’s Summit in Reno May 26. About 1,600 people (mostly women) filled the Downtown Reno Ballroom, excitedly waiting to see the nation’s First Lady speak. Security was tight, complete with bomb-sniffing dogs flown in from Washington, D.C.

After a fortifying breakfast catered by the El Dorado and three separate panels of women speaking on the issues of how to have a healthy financial future, how to have a healthy planet by making green choices, and how to be a healthier person including eating local food, the real inspiration of the day appeared not only on time, but ahead of schedule.



Michelle Obama was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The air was electric as Obama spoke for 15 minutes, sounding dynamic (despite fending off the sniffles from a cold she got and#8220;from my wonderful husbandand#8221;), promoting her initiatives for healthy lifestyles for women and children. Obama also spoke of women’s inequalities with men when it comes to pay and health insurance. and#8220;For too long, policies that help people balance work and family responsibilities have been viewed as niceties for women rather than as a necessity that can benefit all of us, men and women,and#8221; she declared.



After speaking, Obama came around the stage to shake hands and meet with guests for another 20 minutes. Then she was whisked away on a flight to Las Vegas with Senator Reid to promote her and#8220;Let’s Move Outside!and#8221; event against childhood obesity.

Local community organizer and political enthusiast Theresa Duggan organized two tables of women to attend the morning event, in addition to several locals who attended on their own. Spotted at the summit were Seana Doherty, Judy Friedman, Pam Jahnke, 16-year-old Madison Ordway, Julie Conover, Elizabeth Carmel, Phebe Bell, Julie Regan and TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta, Theresa May Duggan, Helen Foster, Kathryn Dunning, Jenny Fellows, Cris Hennessey, Lauren O’Brien, Carolyn Pretzer, Ann Pridgen, Nancy Richards, Emily Wexler, Jesi Steward, Heather Urrea-Sullivan, Stephanie Poole McIntosh, Anna Lambiotte, Amanda Friedrichsen, Kim McElhinney, Dawn Evans, Brittany Miller, Kristi Darzynkiewicz, Tina Peck, Kathleen Gauthier, Casey Cheche, Danny Brollier, Candi Fyfe, Linda Paul, Lynn Fagen, Judy Lingle, Wendy Wood and Pam McAdoo.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to

aedgett@sierrasun.com. Vicki may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net.


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