October Luncheon

    October 24, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Atlantis Hotel & Casino
    3800 S Virginia St
    Reno, NV 89502
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     Please join us for an in-depth conversation with the Nevada Commission for Women by commissioners Elisa Cafferata and JoEtta Brown. We will get an inside look at the program established by Governor Sandoval to document the history of and inspire the next generation of women within the state. The Silver State Sisters exhibit, created by Alicia Barber PhD., will also be showcased in this discussion.


    JoEtta Brown: After 30 years of corporate banking experience and significant community involvement, JoEtta put her skills and interests to work with the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans in 2007, working as their Treasurer. JoEtta joined the Alliance Regional Board for the Western Region in 2010 and led trainings in the western states.  As a leader for the Alliance for Retired Americans Community Advocacy Network, JoEtta's professional skills have translated seamlessly into developing Alliance activists into leaders through trainings as well as forming community alliances. When JoEtta began her career in banking, few women were found in management. She found herself advocating for equal pay while working in the executive offices at American Savings Bank. JoEtta was appointed to the Mayors Council under Mayor Bradley in Los Angeles where she conducted community block grant funding and urban development projects. She has testified before the United States Congress regarding Affordable Housing and Urban Development and had her work in the area of affordable housing referenced in the “Lending and Diversity” handbook used in the USC School of Business Management.  JoEtta also assisted with the creation of a community-based bank and helped to write over 275 business plans resulting in over $10 million in loans for small businesses. She served as the Governor of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Desert Coast Region, which services 62 clubs and over 2900 members and works to improve the lives of women and girls. Most recently, as a Douglas County Planning Commissioner, she helped to determine age standards for seniors, resulting in the first affordable housing project for seniors in the area.

    Elisa Cafferata is the owner of Cafferata & Co, a government relations firm in Nevada. For the last decade, Elisa was Director of Government Relations with Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates, where she handled education and policy work for Planned Parenthood’s Nevada health centers. She was recognized as the Public Health Advocate of the Year by the Nevada Public Health Association in 2017 and the Voice of Action by Advocates Mar Monte in 2015. She also serves as an Advisory Council member of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities in the area of health care policy. Elisa chaired the Nevada Commission for Women for 2016-17.  The Commission is creating exhibits recognizing the contributions of women in Nevada in the capitol and at the Grant Sawyer building in Las Vegas. She led the way for the Commission to update its authorizing statute and to create a voluntary Gender Equality Survey for corporations in Nevada. Elisa is a fourth-generation Nevadan, she attended Reno High School and received her master’s in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. 


    $25.00 Members (advance registration)
    $40.00 Members (at the door)

    $35.00 Non-Members (advance registration)
    $50.00 Non-Members (at the door)

    $900.00 Event Sponsorship