By: Erika F. Washington
National Women’s month wrapped up in Las Vegas with the 7th annual Phenomenal Woman luncheon on March 24th.
Held inside the elegant private dining hall of Joe’s Stone Crab in the Caesars Forum shops the attendees dined mixed and mingled with the who’s who among women of color in Las Vegas.
Women have been long shaping the face of Las Vegas and you don’t have to look far to see that, however, women of color have long been undervalued in the entertainment capital.
“We started the event in 2006 with Caesars Entertainment to bring some light to women of color in the community and give them some focus and visibility because I felt like nobody was paying any attention to us,” says Alicia Gibbs.
Gibbs, the owner of EVibe a local online event management company hosted the 4 hour event that included prizes and a raffle for a chance to job shadow one of the phenomenal women.
The theme of this year’s event was Life, Love and Lessons. Panelists took turns discussing issues many women face including image, independence and finding support.
Among those in attendance included Dr. Sonya Horsford of the Lincy Institute at UNLV; Philanthropist and one of the original founders of the Smith Center, Jacqulyn Shropshire; and Senior Deputy City Attorney for North Las Vegas, Sandra Douglass Morgan.
Invited but unable to attend in person Congresswoman Shelly Berkley sent a video message urging all the women in the room to celebrate each other. “There are so many outstanding women in Las Vegas and against all odds they achieved great success in many fields…they deserve to be remembered and honored for their great achievements. Women in minority communities have faced an especially tough road…I am proud that the women in this room have prevailed over the toughest of challenges with passion and perseverance.”