2015 Speakers

Nellie Davis

Nellie Davis is a daring entrepreneur and proud mother. She has been a hair and makeup artist for nearly 10 years and owner of Outsiders Hair Studio for 4. She has been involved in the community hosting local shows, writing a monthly column for Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine…More

Nikki Warren

Nikki Warren, alongside her business partners Sharon Kassity and Kristen Loos, developed Kaia FIT on the premise of functional fitness. The all-encompassing lifestyle program stems from Nikki’s 20+ years’ experience in the fitness and nutrition field. She has held certifications in Core Power Yoga, USA Triathlon, USA Track and Field, Cross Fit, American Council on Exercise (ACE) and National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)…More

Earl Kaing

An urban planner by trade, Earl believes strong vibrant cities empower people through choice, and that most Americans today have little choice when it comes to getting around. He sees injustice in a system that shackles us to our cars, that demands oceans of free parking in cities that already struggle to house people, and that punishes those who are too young, too old, or too poor to drive….More

Skip Pardee

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Skip was a three-sport athlete in high school and was named the outstanding student-athlete of his graduating class. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1968. For the next eight years he served as an Air Force pilot. He flew 370 combat missions in the Vietnam war…More

James Wilson

Dr. Wilson is a world-leading expert in operational biosurveillance and infectious disease forecasting. He has led the creation of several of the most powerful systems in the world used for anticipation and detection of infectious disease crises and disasters. Dr. Wilson led the team that provided warning of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic…More

Isabela Reyes-Klein

Bela was the Project Manager for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge that ended up winning Galena STEM $125,000 in Samsung technology by using STEM principles to build adaptive equipment for their mentally and physically handicapped peers in the special-ed program…More

Diaz Dixon

Diaz Dixon began his experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment as a counselor at Adolescent Care and Treatment shortly before graduating from the University of Nevada Reno (B.A. Social Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, 1994). This position gave him the opportunity to work with severely emotionally-disturbed children/adolescents and their families battling the chronicity of addiction…More

Matthew Platshorn

Matthew has lived in Northern Nevada since 2003. He has a passion for his family, service to others, and empowering people to advocate for themselves. Matthew worked for the State of NV for 4 years, leaving to help launch a Carson City based Social Service Company in 2007, and launching a Social Action Software company in 2012. Outside of work Matthew enjoys running, spending time with his girls, and serving his church…More


Dandapani is a Hindu priest, speaker on self development and an entrepreneur. Of Sri Lankan ancestry, he grew up in Australia and after graduating university with a degree in Electrical Engineering he left it all behind to become a Hindu monk under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders of our time, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. For 10 years he lived a life of serious personal discipline and training at his guru’s cloistered monastery in Hawaii…More

Brianna Bullentini

Brianna Bullentini is an experiential and architectural designer who was born and raised in Reno and recently moved back from New York City where she went to Parsons School of Design and graduated with her Bachelors in Sustainable Architecture. Her latest project is reimagining Reno’s old Post Office and spearheading the underground marketplace called The Basement…More

William Dodd Jr.

William Dodd, Jr. began following politics around the same time he was learning double-digit multiplication in school. At the age of nine, William had a consistent morning routine: he would wake up at 5:30, brew a cup of coffee, and turn on the local news. If he was ahead of schedule, he would try to retrieve the newspaper from the lawn without waking up his family…More

Alchemist Theatre

Alchemist Theatre is a 60-minute uplifting and inspirational experience featuring a wide array of music, from gospel to rock to Broadway, as well as guided meditations, and hilariously poignant motivational talks. You can catch their live shows every third Wednesday of the month at Good Luck Macbeth Theater in Midtown Reno…More

Amanda Horn (Emcee)

Amanda Horn traveled an eclectic path to public relations, which makes her a perfect fit for the Nevada Museum of Art. Her resume frequently produces both smiles and raised eyebrows. After college, she literally started a circus and made her living for several years as both traveling performer and troupe publicist…More

Jeff Schox

Jeffrey Schox is a Registered Patent Attorney and the founding member of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm devoted to startup ventures. Drawing on his experience of fifteen years in patent law and seven years in angel investing, he builds patent portfolios that enable startups to increase value and attract funding. His clients have attracted investments from high profile venture capital firms, including Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Founders Fund, Greylock, Kleiner Perkins, and Sequoia…More

Eric Jennings

Eric Jennings’ primary interest lies in the connection between software, hardware, people, and the environment in which they live. In 1999, he founded Loopshot, a custom software development company building web applications for small startups to 50,000 employee healthcare firms. He then became the chief architect at MyShape, an online retail clothing startup based out of Los Angeles…More

Larry Maurice

Larry Maurice has spent the last thirty five years as a Cowboy, horse wrangler, packer in the Eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. You’re likely to find him leading a string of mules into the back country, on a horse drive in the Owens Valley of California, working with Longhorn cattle in Virginia City or working horses on his “2 Cent Ranch” in Palomino Valley, Nevada….More

Heather Foltz

Heather Foltz is a professional aerial performer, specializing in the art of aerial silks. As a child, Heather was always athletic, and gymnastics held a special place in her heart. As soon as she learned about the eye-catching combination of acrobatics and dance, she knew she had to take her passion to new heights. At the age of 18, she began her practice and shortly after began performing at local venues…More