Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas Announces Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2017

Las Vegas – Forty-nine of the Las Vegas metro area’s fastest-rising community leaders will join the ranks of former US Congressman Steven Horsford, MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers and nearly 1,200 more dedicated community pillars as participants in the 2017 class of Leadership Las Vegas, Southern Nevada’s premier community leadership development program.  

Leadership Las Vegas is an intensive 10-month program, created by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, that empowers recognized, senior-level leaders with additional knowledge, skills and relationships to advance and deepen their community impact. Through lectures, discussions, on-site visits, simulations, projects and other leadership development activities, Leadership Las Vegas class members receive in-depth exposure to the critical issues facing Southern Nevada and are challenged to apply their talents towards improving the community.

The 2017 class of Leadership Las Vegas was selected through a  competitive and highly selective application and interview process and represents a wide variety of organizational leaders from private, nonprofit and public-sector institutions.

“The Leadership Las Vegas class of 2017 is packed full of dynamic Southern Nevadans, each looking to positively impact our community,” said Cara Clarke, executive director of the Leadership Foundation.  “Through Leadership Las Vegas they will get an incomparable look at the inner workings of many aspects of Southern Navada, they will be cross-connected in ways they hadn’t previously imagined, and they’ll be inspired to use that knowledge and connections to make a difference in our community.”

The Leadership Las Vegas class of 2017 came together for the first time at Nellis Air Force Base for a unique two-day retreat, setting the stage for a year of in-depth conversations, paradigm-shifting experiences, and intensive review of current issues and topics in Southern Nevada.  During the next 10 months, the class of 2017 will explore the region’s history, learn the inner-workings of the Silver State’s government, take a look  into the valley’s criminal justice, education and healthcare systems, get a sense of the community’s various social safety net programs and much more, in an effort to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing Southern Nevada.

Leadership Las Vegas has been shaping future community leaders since 1986 and counts more than 1,200 graduates who can be found  at the top of industries and organizations in every sector of the local community. In addition to Horsford, Hornbuckle and Beers, distinguished Leadership Las Vegas alumni include New York-New York President Cynthia Kiser-Murphy, State Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown,  HELP of Southern Nevada CEO-elect Fuilala Riley and District Court Judge Linda Bell, among many others.

The Leadership Las Vegas program is overseen by the Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliated with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, that is dedicated to developing educated and capable community leaders.  In addition to Leadership Las Vegas, Foundation programs include Leadership Advance, Vegas Young Professionals, Focus Las Vegas, and the new Public Policy Leadership Series.

Applications for the class of 2018 will be available after the first of the year.  For more information visit Leadership.Vegas .

For More Information:
Kate Whiteley, Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013

Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2017
•    Tom Andrulis, Intelligent Technical Solutions
•    Shan Bates-Bundick, R&R Partners
•    Mark Bennett, Mandalay Bay
•    Michael BenShimon, Wells Fargo Private Bank
•    Vandana Bhalla, Signature Real Estate Group
•    Ronald Bilodeau, NV Energy
•    Colleen Birch, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
•    Gina Bishop, City of Las Vegas
•    Jacob Bodine, God Behind Bars, Inc.
•    Gian Brown, Holland & Hart LLP
•    Clay Buck, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
•    Derek Carder, Geotab
•    Greg Chase, MGM Resorts International
•    Lori Chittenden, Morgan Stanley
•    Ulyanna Chung, Chung Insurance Agency
•    Lisa Coker, Immunize Nevada
•    William Crozer, The Glenn group
•    Nicole Curfman, Nevada State Bank
•    Jason Demuth, Pulte Group
•    James Dzurenda, Nevada Department of Corrections
•    Jennifer Grant, Elite Media, Inc.
•    Pranav Jampani, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
•    Shellie Keller, College of Southern Nevada
•    Lance Kirk, LG Architects, Inc.
•    James Larsen, Caesars Entertainment
•    Rae Lathrop, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
•    Chad Leavitt, Findlay Automotive Group
•    Shauna Lemieux, Vegas PBS
•    Eva Littman, Red Rock Fertility Center
•    Alan Livengood, Cox Communications
•    Mary Madden, Las Vegas Valley Water District
•    Andrew Magness, CCSD – Valley High School
•    Paul Mangual, First American Title
•    Leslie Maple, Barrick Gold
•    Maria Marinch, College of Southern Nevada
•    Nikkole McCartin, UNLV Lee Business School
•    Melissa McKinley-Cook, International Market Centers
•    Matt McNally, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
•    Rebecca Miltenberger, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
•    Elaina Mule, United Way of Southern Nevada
•    Nicole Neal, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
•    Laura Overton, Allegiant Travel Company
•    Bill Paredes, Bank of Nevada
•    Karl Riley, Snell & Wilmer LLP
•    Mary Beth Sewald, Nevada Broadcasters Association
•    Daniel Shapiro, William Hill US
•    Victoria Stamm, SLS Las Vegas
•    Lori Wilkinson, Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada
•    Jill Zimbelman, UNLV