The 17th Annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon was hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Women from across many industries and roles within Southern Nevada were honored at the prestigious 2015 Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. The program honors women whose dedication, excellence and contributions within their fields and the community inspire success. Members, non-members, business owners and executives comprised the group of finalists and recipients.
The luncheon awards event included a keynote presentation by Alejandra Castillo, MBDA National Director, U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Sherry Swensk, KLAS-TV 8 News Now was the emcee and Rockfield Drive Band provided the entertainment.
Diane Gandy has an extensive career in the hospitality industry and is a leader in the community. She recently launched and manages the Nevada State chapter of Women in Lodging in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, gaining national recognition.
“Diane has made incalculable contributions through her leadership to rejuvenate and breathe new life into the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association statewide. She has also broken ground in forming and managing the Nevada Chapter of Women in Lodging,” said Lynn Mitchell, Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association, chairman of the board.
“I am so honored to receive this award. Working in the industry with so many incredible women leaders as well as young women just starting their careers is extremely fulfilling. Being able to inspire, share experience and create opportunities for women at all levels within their careers is a highlight of my role and activities,” said Diane Gandy, executive vice president of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association.
The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is the leading industry association in Nevada and one of the strongest in the USA. Since 1979, NHLA has been the unifying voice for Nevada’s multi-billion dollar resort and lodging industry. With over 200 hotels and industry supporting vendor members, NHLA is the state’s largest industry advocate. The mission is to serve the lodging industry by providing representation at the local, state and national levels in industry affairs; provide comprehensive and robust educational resources and programs; offer valued member benefits; provide industry communications and value-added member based services.