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An article posted in the Las Vegas Sun (Dec. 11, 2012) shows how a local Las Vegas architect, Ms. Amy Finchem, has worked to bring female architects and designers recognition for their creative efforts.  Working through COLAB, the non-profit organization that she founded, Finchem provided a venue to showcase the talents of local designers.  The "Women in Design" exhibition highlights six female designers who were chosen by a select group of judges out of a total of 15 submissions. 

Bringing female architects and designers to the attention of the community and general public is a effort close to Finchem's heart as she recounts the lengths she had to go through to be taken seriously in the traditionally male-dominated field.

To read the full article, click this link: Women architects, designers of Las Vegas showcase talent in downtown gallery


Four Nevada women were among those recognized November 13, 2012 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada for their efforts in giving back to their community.  The event was hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Marta Poling-Goldenne, a pastor at New Song Lutheran Church received the award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.  The award for Outstanding Volunteer Professional went to Barbara Wood, while the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy trophy went to a junior at West Career & Technical Academy by the name of Ciera Cypert.  Lastly, Ann McGee, the founder of Miracle Flights for Kids was graced with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Congratulations to these women who have achieved success in their philanthropic efforts and have been deservedly recognized by their community.

To find out more about the organizations supported by these women, click on the associated links.

The information for this post was obtained from an article written by Laura Carroll for the Las Vegas Review Journal (11/14/12)



On August 7, 2012 members of the Nevada Women's Virtual Center steering committee will hold a meeting to discuss ways in which we can develop forums on topics which are very important to women today  -- skirting the political and religious, but focusing upon the challenges and responsibilities of women, especially leaders. 

This will be a general topic for discussion at the meeting in order to form a committee, establish and determine panelist/speakers, topics and technology to be used, such as internet radio/video, twitter town hall and webinar. 

The Nevada Women's Virtual Center and Women of Diversity embraces volunteers to help in the effort to recognize and preserve Nevada women's history. 

If you are interested in volunteering and sharing your ideas, please consider attending this meeting.  For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Local Las Vegas artist, Denise Duarte, was one of the winners of Mayor's Urban Design Award, presented by Mayor Carolyn Goodman on April 11, 2012.  Denise's Flourish is part of the art seen in the Cultural Corridor Trail Improvement Project and is created to coincide with the Pole Dancers banners that lead pedestrians on a tour of downtown Las Vegas's cultural institutions.

Read more about Denise's project at CultureNOW - Flourish and at the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission website

Congratulations, Denise and thank you for beautifying Las Vegas and bringing attention to art and culture.

  Here is Denise on left showing an example of her sculpture art, along with Women of Diversity President, Marlene Adrian (2011)


Our mission is to give visibility to women

     & create a woman-appreciated future 

Women of Diversity Productions, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations throughout Nevada, is recognizing and celebrating the roles and lives of Nevada Women during this 150th anniversary of Nevada's statehood. Visit our second community event at Boulder City. See short video clips of interviews and listen to the women who helped shape Boulder City. Participate in discussion of future action.

Click the button Nevada Women's Legacy Videos to view more videos.

Join us in this project to collect and permanently display and store oral histories, video interviews and other ways of knowing Nevada women and their contributions to making “Nevada Proud, Nevada Battle Born”. By means of our outreach program we are developing partnerships with women in the cities, towns and rural communities in all Nevada counties. We are encouraging and facilitating a comprehensive collection of  women╩╝s  history through voices and faces of living women.

Events  will be held to introduce these women and share their stories in local communities throughout the year culminating in two October gala events in the Las Vegas Valley and the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area. Read about our first two events on this site  ( NEWS BLOG  section lower right) and facebook:

First Ladies First  held on January 11, 2014 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas    

Women of Searchlight, Laughlin and Cal-Nev-Ari  held on January 25, 2014 at the Searchlight Community Center

 Archival  multimedia recordings  will be important products of this Nevada Women's Legacy - 150 Years of Excellence project by providing long-lasting global visibility through the internet and a published Nevada Women's Legacy book.

 Primarily the internet site will be:  

   with sharing on:   www.   and

Contact Marlene at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  702.655.2146  or click the contact/donate/volunteer button above


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