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It was a busy March for making women's "herstory" here in Nevada.  There were many events planned and attended throughout the month.  In just one week I was present to videotape several women receiving honors for their work and commitment to their communities. 

At the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), staff and students received recognition on March 28.  During the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, CSN staff members Nancy Webb and Michele Fogg accepted awards, as did CSN students Kaity Jellison and Jasmine Gipson.  It was emotional for all as they thanked the college, their colleagues and fellow students, as well as their families for the support they receive as they all follow their dreams.

On Friday, March 30, the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Nevada held their event at Cili's Restaurant on the grounds of the beautiful Bali Hai Golf Course.   Several women were inducted into the Seventh Annual Women's Hall of Fame.  They were: Kim Amato, Gina Robinson-Billups, Mary Beth Hartleb, Jan Jones, Vicki Montgomery, Tiffannie Bond, Chandler Marrs, and Patrice Ross.  These women join the many others who have been inducted over the last seven years.   Also during the event, Ms. Rose McKinney-James received the Fifth Annual Pioneer Award.  To find out more about this event, please visit the Women's Chamber of Commerce website at

And on the last night of the Women's History month, the Junior League of Las Vegas celebrated Paint the Town Red at the Four Season Hotel in Las Vegas.  The night was filled with a parade of men and women dressed elegantly and mingling among many prominent members of the community.  A silent auction and a dance contest entertained before and during dinner.  When it was time, two awardees were introduced: Ms. Punam Mathur received the Florence Lee Jones Humanitarian Award.  Punam was introduced by her dear friend, Ms. Julie Murray.  While on stage accepting her award, Punam introduced her children and reflected on how the idea of "humanity" is a part of each and every one of us.  Next, Ms. Madeleine Andress was brought on stage after a funny, touching and emotional introduction by her daughter, Ms. Melanie Tobiasson.  Ms. Andress received the Junior League's Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Junior League's website is

Be sure and check out our YouTube channel to see these and more women being recognized and honored in Nevada.

Posted by Lisa Gioia-Acres



On February 20, 2012 Myram Borders spoke at the Las Vegas Media Group luncheon, sharing stories about her years as a news correspondent for United Press International and as chief of the Las Vegas News Bureau.  Myram moved to Las Vegas from Kentucky when she was just four years old.  She is a Las Vegas High School alumni and you can read more about her and her many accomplishments at Las Vegas High School Alumni Association under Notable Alumni.

It was great to her Myram share some great stories of her “beat” years. .  She reminded us all of the “good old” days when reporters had to “try and find a phone” in order to be the first to call in a great news story.  Her career experiences are many and include some of the most important news stories documented in Las Vegas.  The group had numerous questions for her and she generously answered all of them.  An interesting fact is that Myram was instrumental in getting the Open Meeting Law passed in Nevada.  




Kim Russell, Women of Diversity Board Member is the author of the newly published work: 

Tuskegee Love Letters- Letters from a Red Tail
A collection from a Tuskegee Airman, his wife and daughter  

Tuskegee Love Letters is a collection of actual, intimate, personal letters between a wife and husband,
and daughter separated by war.  Read how this newlywed couple struggle - and triumph- to keep their
marriage alive.  Read how a daughter finds closure to pressing questions about losing a parent.

Kim was a guest on Talk of Alabama on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 

To find out more about this amazing work and tribute to her parents and purchase a copy of her book, visit the Tuskegee Love Letters website.  

Congratulations, Kim!  




Debra Nelson, MGM Resorts Vice President of Community Affairs and Corporate Diversity has been honored by the Southern Women's Leadership Development Institute.  Follow this link to read the press release about the award and to learn more about Debra's background and career path.

Congratulations to another AMAZING Nevada woman! 


Last week, Dr. Marlene Adrian, president of Women of Diversity received word from Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly that the organization she founded is to be recognized for its efforts on behalf of women in Nevada history.  

The event can be viewed live by going to and clicking on the CCTV Live link on the right of the screen.  


Tuesday March 6, 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM


Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy.

Congratulations to Women of Diversity!  


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