Women in Leadership - Grit to THRIVE

Empowering women in leadership through professional development


Women in Leadership is a premier local resource for women to participate in development programs, professional networking, and peer mentorship with a focus on career advancement.

● Create space for local women to gather, collaborate, and inspire one another.
● Provide accessible and equitable professional development opportunities.
● Drive genuine change within the community.
● Support members with tools to think strategically, drive innovation, practice transparency, and build social inclusiveness.

Women in Leadership meets three times a year, in-person, to provide participants professional tools, through engaging speakers and network opportunities, that aid women leaders positively impacting the Tahoe Basin and sister-communities.

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Grit to THRIVE

May 24th, 2023

We’ve all shown some grit in our lives. Learn how to harness what matters to you and learn how it can work for you – earning you support, sponsorship and self-confidence along the way.

Location: Valhalla Tahoe – Grand Hall
Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2023
Program Timing: 8:15am till 1:30pm
Workshop Speaker: Prashanthi Raman,Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Cruise
Power Hour Speaker: Shari Chase, Founder and CEO of Chase International
Music Performance:Miranda Rae Love



Prashanthi Raman

Prashanthi Raman is forging the pathway to deliver all-electric, shared, autonomous vehicles to San Francisco and cities across the world. As Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle company, Cruise, she was instrumental in Cruise’s achievement of numerous historic “firsts” and is helping to build a safer, cleaner, and more accessible future for transportation.

As a woman of color and mother of two, Prashanthi leads in an industry where women and people of color are underrepresented in senior leadership positions and utilizing her power to persuade in working with critical stakeholders, iincluding technologists, business leaders, community stakeholders and government leaders, to educate and build support for emerging technology and its benefits.

Prashanthi has a passion for building new and better ways to connect people with vital services they rely on every day. She began her career as a health care lawyer, helping create a network of retail health clinics for a metropolitan-Chicago based company, later serving on the senior staff to Illinois Governor Quinn. Prashanthi also led public policy efforts at Lyft, establishing the company as a staple transportation service and ensuring it provided access to underserved areas around the country.

As a leader in her industry and in navigating male dominant industries, Prashanthi is a frequent speaker on panels, keynotes and guest lectures throughout the country.

Shari Chase

Founder and CEO of Chase International, Shari Chase leads 12 offices in Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson Valley, Truckee and one in London, England. Over the past 36 years, Chase’s company has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in luxury real estate with a network of real estate professionals and loyal buyers, making Chase a master in her field. Expanding throughout the High Sierra to bring million dollar service to all Chase clientele, Chase International is a dynamic independent luxury real estate firm committed to the success of its clients, sales associates, staff and community.

Past Events

Opportunity To Thrive

FEBRUARY 15th, 2023

In the words of Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM: “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist”. Join us, on February 15th, for the next in our THRIVE workshop series, where we will delve into strategies to seek new, purposeful, and perhaps slightly uncomfortable, opportunities to further career, life and community engagement goals and ambitions. The workshop will cover several topic areas including:

  • Succession Planning – Creating Women’s Voices at the Table
  • Coaching VS Mentoring – How They Are Different, Why They Are Important AND How to Implement
  • Leading Through Legacy – Women Leading Women AND Women Replacing Women

A purpose-driven workshop, you will leave owning your worth, to pivot career, life and THRIVE.

Location: Retreat and Lodge
Date: February 15th, 2023
Program Timing: 8:30am till 1pm
Workshop Timing: 9:00am till Noon, featuring Elena Armijo
“Power Hour” Lunch Timing: Noon to 1pm



Elena Armijo, Master Certified Coach (MCC), Founder and CEO of The C-Suite Collective, and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator has a strong track record of supporting clients and organizations in creating impact, culture shifts and leadership development. Her unique ability to identify common patterns while generating new awareness and re-invention leaves clients with the ability to make stronger choices, clearer decisions and powerful steps toward their desired outcomes. Elena offers in-depth and customized executive programs for high performers who are at the top of their respective fields – from CEOs of leading businesses to professional athletes, policy-focused individuals, entertainers and artists, and more. Partnering with Elena, these clients have created and achieved the professional and personal impact in the world they once perceived unattainable. As a former leader and trainer with Accomplishment Coaching©, and a CHIEF Core Guide Facilitator, Elena continues to expand her work with teams across the world.  Elena also hosts the podcast The Collective Corner.

Elena Armijo was inspired to become an Executive and Leadership Coach through her work as a professional opera singer. Drawn to work with ambitious top performers like herself, she realized she could bring unique insight to the coaching business after spending many years “on the other side of the table.” Elena’s ten-year career in opera spanned across the globe and included work with many prestigious opera companies as well as performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Elena holds a B.M. of Music Education from New Mexico State University and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington.

When not traveling domestically and internationally for speaking engagements and workshops she lives in Los Angeles, CA with her partner Aaron and their three sweet pups, Chloe, Nalle and Bailey.

Courage To Thrive:
Courageous Leadership For Complex Times


WELCOME BACK to our second year of Women in Leadership (WinL) programming!

Our current WinL theme is THRIVE.  Providing value-based, professional development and change, we can take flight and THRIVE. Attendees of this years’ programming will share experiences, learn from speakers and peers, and build a professional network of likeminded women leaders. With specific focus on the challenges, needs and opportunities unique to women leaders, attendees will be provided with tools to enhance their roles as leaders. THRIVE will offer attendees fresh perspectives and new insight into who they want to be professionally and personally.

This two-part course will begin with the Courage to Invest in Your Own Sustainability. We’ll dive into well-being theory to provide participants with an evidence-based framework for healthy striving. Following part one, we’ll look at Supportive Practices to Thrive addressing real issues like saying no, setting boundaries, and finding the courage to identify what you want vs. waiting to see what you can have. Walk away braver, bolder, and freer.

Location: Edgewood Resort Hotel
Date: November 2nd, 2022
Program Timing: 8:30am till 1pm, segment featuring Alexis Robin
Workshop Timing: 9:00am till Noon
“Power Hour” Lunch Timing: Noon to 1pm, segment led by guest speaker Cristi Creegan.



Alexis Robin, CXO and co-founder of pLink Leadership®, inspires people to be brave, make generous assumptions, and to “take themselves on.” Throughout her 20 years of corporate consulting and successful entrepreneurship, Alexis has worked across a wide range of sectors including tech, hospitality, finance, consumer goods, and government organizations. Alexis masterfully facilitates leaders in growing their teams’ capacity to create psychological safety and courage through insightful, honest conversations and imaginative ideation.

Alexis is the author of Leap of Faith: Cultivating Your Brave Heart and hosts the coaching podcast The Bright Side: Life and Leadership. She partakes in the great outdoors near her home in Truckee, California, and enjoys snowboarding, stand-up paddling, and forest bathing with her French husband and teen twins.


Cristi Creegan was elected to the City Council of South Lake Tahoe in November 2020 and was installed as Mayor Pro Tem in December 2021. A 25-year resident of the city, Cristi is an enthusiastic participant in the community, holding leadership roles in organizations including Live Violence Free, Tahoe Heritage Foundation, Tahoe Parents Nursery School and various PTAs over the years.

Cristi is a small business owner, has worked as a substitute teacher in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a certificate in Environmental Law. The most important of Cristi’s many roles is mom to her daughters Darby, a freshman at Swarthmore College, and Tessa, a freshman at South Tahoe High School, and she loves to read, solve crossword puzzles, and play ping pong with her husband Bernard.

May 2, 2022 at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Leadership Lessons in the Keys of Life

Leaders are made not born.  We all have a leadership story full of major life events, highlights, low points and forks in the road.  It is these vital experiences that make us uniquely who we are as leaders.  At the same time, music is the “Universal Language of Mankind”.   It’s the great uniter amongst people and uniting is an essential skill set of a great leader.

In this fun and interactive session, you will develop the playlist of music that tells the story of your remarkable life and has influenced you as a leader.  Walk away with another tool in your kit to use in describing what makes you fabulous.  You will hone in on your leadership style and further refine your brand and superpower.  Along the way you will share with other remarkable women and leave with adding some new sheros to your network and community…all united through the power of song.

About Shannon Nash, Esq., CPA

Chief Financial Officer of Wing

Shannon Nash is a qualified financial expert, attorney, and CPA with over 25 years of experience. She is the Chief Financial Officer of Wing, a drone delivery company and subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL). As Chief Financial Officer, Shannon taps into her history of scaling companies for growth through strong financial and operations leadership and is responsible for all corporate finance, accounting, investor relations, fundraising and revenue operations.

She was previously the CFO of Reputation.com, a SaaS company and provider of the first — and only — complete Reputation Experience Management (RXM) platform.  She led the company’s scaling efforts, raising $150M in a late-stage growth round and passing $100M in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR), a key SaaS metric.  Prior to that she was the CFO and led a dual role as COO for Inside Source, Inc., a $200M+ global space design company. Her career has spanned the globe including time as an ex-pat in Switzerland, and with major companies (Amgen, Cooley LLP, Cumulus Media).

Shannon has a passion for board service, with a focus on Audit, Finance, and Governance issues. She is the Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee, and member of the Audit Committee at UserTesting (NYSE: USER).  She is also a Board Member and member of the Audit Committee and Talent and Compensation Committee at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world with over $15B in assets under management.

Diversity and Inclusion are cornerstones of her leadership. She is co-founder of the National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants and was recently appointed to the CalCPA Diversity Equity & Inclusion Commission. Shannon was featured on Accounting Today’s 2020 list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and named one of 2020’s Most Powerful Women in Accounting by the AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor. She also received the 2021 Trailblazer Award from CalCPA.

Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.

In her free time, Shannon is a fitness junkie and teaches Zumba and U-Jam Fitness. She’s also an award-winning documentary film producer with her film, Colored My Mind, winning best short at the 2013 American Pavilion in Cannes.

March 2, 2022 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Inclusive Leadership with Beth Ruffin
In today’s global world, the most important skill leaders need is inclusive leadership. Studies show that focusing on inclusion increase the bottom line, improve employee retention, and increase innovation in the workplace. Learn how to identify & mitigate bias, address microaggressions, and create a personal strategy to role-model inclusion to your teams.

So Long Stress, We’re Breaking Up with Robin Brockelsby
How are you at handling your stress load?  According to the World Health Organization, not so well – because stress is now classified as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Together, we will discover how to improve your health by adapting daily strategies to change your perception and response to stress.  We’ll learn crucial skills on how to better handle work and life pressures, beat back anxiety and discover why some stress can be good for us.

Special Lunch Session with Diana Bennett
Welcoming special guest Diana Bennett, Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder of Paragon Gaming, for an intimate lunch in Park Prime Steakhouse to share her personal story and tools for success.

November 3, 2021 at Tahoe Beach Club

Dr. Michele D’Amico is a personal, professional, and leadership coach with a Doctorate in Psychology. Her whole-person approach is grounded in behavioral and psychological principles along with corporate experience and strong intuition. Her clients span across a wide range of industries and organizations within the corporate, nonprofit, entertainment, and business development domains. With over a decade of experience as an executive coach, she partners with innovative individuals and progressive organizations to maximize their team’s performance by identifying and leveraging patterns in behavior to create strong business leadership and a healthy workplace culture.

Task Force

Andrea Drew

 CPA – Owner | Drew Consulting Inc.

Tiffany Zabaglo

CPCE – Senior Catering Sales Manager – Edgewood Tahoe Resort

Jude Wood

Executive Director | Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

Kate Rhamey

Executive Producer | KR Squared Productions

Jennifer Guenther

Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer Solutions |

Brandi Brown

Creative Director | Tahoe Production House

Nicole Cartwright

Grant Coordinator | California Department of Conservation

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