6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Join WITI Las Vegas for an exciting event with a panel of distinguished elected officials. Gain some perceptive from these Nevada politicians about how technology intersects with politics, learn more about women in politics, and learn how you can make a difference.
About Our Speaker(s)
Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager is a 47-year resident of Clark County. For more than 34 years, Susan has worked to improve education as a parent volunteer, school employee and school trustee. Susan served three terms on the Clark County School Board from 1995-2006. During her tenure, she served as president, vice president and clerk.
A realtor with Prudential Americana Group Realtors for more than 20 years, Susan is a long-standing member of the Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Prior to real estate, she worked for the Clark County School District in numerous capacities, including elementary school clerk, media clerk, physical education aide, special education aide and classroom aide. Susan has worked to enhance education offerings in Clark County since she first joined the Parent Teachers' Association in 1972.
She was re-elected and sworn into a second term on January 3, 2011. She was selected to serve as chair of the Commission by her peers. Commissioner Brager was sworn into office for her first four-year term in January 2007.
Susan is married to Ron Wellman. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Susan attended elementary and middle school in Clark County and her children all attended Clark County public schools and graduated from Clark High School.
Gerri Schroder was elected at large to the Henderson City Council in April 2007 and re-elected in April 2011, representing Ward I. Councilwoman Schroder serves with the mayor and fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies and making decisions concerning many different aspects of local government. The City Council also approves the city's budget.
Previously, Gerri served as a district representative for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley from March 2000 to April 2007. Her responsibilities included constituent services relating to the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as outreach to the Asian communities. Between 1994 and 2007, Gerri voluntarily served on the city of Henderson Planning Commission and the Commemorative Beautification Commission.
As Councilwoman, Gerri represents the city on the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and Workforce Connections, formerly known as the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board. She is also a member of the Henderson Development Association and the Henderson Redevelopment Agency.
In February 2008, Gerri was named the Elected Official of the Year by the Asian Chamber of Commerce. Gerri is a member of the Asian, Latin, Henderson, Las Vegas, Urban and Veterans Chambers of Commerce.
Gerri is active in civic affairs and currently serves as president of the S.A.F.E. House, Inc. Board of Directors, secretary of the Japan America Society of Nevada, and vice chair of the McCaw School of Mines. Additionally, she is a member of the Japanese American Citizens League and Organization of Chinese Americans.
Valerie Wiener spearheaded her first volunteer project while attending Mayfair Grammar School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 10 years old. That love of civic engagement later expanded to include a commitment to political leadership, which continued throughout her middle and senior high schools, as well as during her post-secondary years at the University of Missouri/Columbia.
Professional commitments to her own radio stations kept Valerie busy from 1972 to 1986. How-ever, also during the 1980s, Valerie spent five years in Washington, D.C. as press secretary and speech writer for Nevada Congressman and United States Senator Harry Reid. She entered poli-tics with her own successful campaign for the Nevada State Senate in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, and 2008. Recognized as a party leader, Valerie served as: Minority Whip from 2001 to 2009; Majority Whip from 2009 to 2011; and Assistant Majority Leader from 2011 to 2012 (first woman to hold this Senate position). Also, as Minority Whip, she was part of the first-ever all-woman legislative leadership team in the United States.
During the 2009 legislative session, Valerie chaired the Senate Committee on Health and Educa-tion and vice-chaired the Senate Committee on Judiciary; in the 2009-2010 interim, she chaired the Legislative Committee on Health Care. During the 2011 legislative session, Valerie chaired the Senate Committee on Judiciary and vice-chaired the Senate Committee on Health and Hu-man Services. For the 2011-2012 interim, she is chairing the Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice and vice-chairing the Legislative Committee on Health Care.
In 1997-98, Valerie performed the vice chair duties for the Legislative Interim Study Committee on Juvenile Justice; she served as its chair from 1999 to 2000. Valerie also chaired Nevada's Legislative Commission on School Safety and Juvenile Violence from 1999 to 2000. In 1998, Valerie received one of her highest honors when she was selected as the only state legislator in the U.S. to participate in the "White House Conference on School Safety."
Event Date and Venue
This event will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at:
6700 Via Austi Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
6:00pm: Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm: WITI Welcome and Announcements
6:40pm: Women in Politics Panel
7:50pm: Closing Remarks