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WAVE Maker of the Year Bashor & Las Vegas WAVE Team Celebrates Other WAVE Makers & Advocacy

November 7, 2018

On October 5, 2018, WAVE Maker of the Year Karen L.Bashor and the Las Vegas WAVE Team hosted another well-attended program and networking event, Celebrating WAVE Makers and Their Advocates, at the UNLV Tam Alumni Center.

WAVE Maker and Advocate Dean Daniel Hamilton kicked off the event with a powerful history of the progress made to date and the progress still needed for women in the law, and important remarks about the necessity of addressing issues of diversity with intentionality and purpose. Speakers such as Nevada State Senator Nicole Cannizzaro and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman shared their personal and inspiring stories of success, recounting how they became WAVE Makers and acknowledging their various male and female advocates. Finally, Phyllis James, MGM’s Executive VP, Chief Diversity Officer and Corporate Responsibility Officer, provided the powerful story of her trailblazing accomplishments and left the audience with inspiration and practical advice to use in their lives. 

A lively panel discussion looked deeper into the themes about the importance of advocacy provided by men and women, increasing leadership opportunities, and real-life experiences as discussed by leaders in the community − including a Boyd law professor, a financial advisor, the Nevada Director of Sales and Industry Partners with the Division of Tourism, and the WNBA Las Vegas Aces Player Programs & Franchise Development Manager − each having unique experiences to contribute. 

The program was assembled with the support of various business partners and contributed once again to a great cause, Southern Nevada Dress for Success, which promotes women’s economic independence and provides them with a network of support and career development tools so they can be WAVE Makers for their families and the community. 

Enjoy this year’s program or watch portions of it on our website. 

WAVE Hosts
WAVE Hosts: Regional Managing Partner Sheri Thome and WAVE Liaison Karen L. Bashor

WAVE Team
Las Vegas WAVE Team (left to right): Attorneys Jordan Montet, Cara Laursen, Karen L. Bashor, Alia Najjar and Ellen Bowman (not pictured, but valuable contributors include Las Vegas Attorneys Maria Veronica Saladino and Amanda Ebert, Administrator Roger Meertins and Paralegal Clerk Amanda Ochs)

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Top WAVE Panel (left to right): Rushia Brown, WNBA Las Vegas Aces Player Programs & Franchise Development Manager; Teri Laursen, Director of Sales and Industry Partners, Division of Tourism with Travel Nevada; Jamie Houston, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual; and Boyd Law Professor Ann McGinley

Bottom Left to right: Nevada State Senator Nicole Cannizzaro; Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman; Paula Lawrence, Director for Southern Nevada Dress for Success; Phyllis James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer of MGM Resorts; and Wilson Elser WAVE Maker Karen L. Bashor

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