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The 19th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon will be held on May 7, 2019, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Conference Center of Las Vegas, 6590 Bermuda Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119, and will honor 13 dynamic women with the prestigious 2019 Women of Distinction Award. 

NAWBO Southern Nevada has hosted the Women of Distinction Awards since 1998 to celebrate the accomplishments of women. We commemorate the achievements of all our nominees at this event. The program highlights women whose excellence and dedication sets them apart in their fields and inspires success. Women are recognized in the following categories: Rising Star, Glass Ceiling, Entrepreneur of the Year, Arts/Entertainment/Media, Business/Retail/Manufacturing, Corporate/Government Services, Education/Sports, Gaming/Hospitality/Convention Services, Medical/Healthcare Services, Philanthropy/Community Service, Professional Services/Public Relations, Real Estate/Construction, and STEM.

Our keynote speaker will be Rushia Brown, former WNBA player. Rushia was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in South Carolina. As a sophomore, she first picked up a ball and joined the Summerville High School Junior Varsity basketball team. Athletic, yet untrained, Rushia began a journey that would forever change her life. Through hard work and dedication, she was one of the top student-athlete recruits in the state of South Carolina as a senior; being courted by esteemed universities such as Harvard, Duke University and her then dream school, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With the recent loss of her father, Rushia chose to stay close to home and attend Furman University.

As a Lady Paladin, Rushia pursued her education and competed on the court, attaining every accolade available including Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, multiple MVPs, Southern Conference Player of the Year, Edna Hartness Athlete of the Year and eventually having her jersey hang from the rafters as #34 was retired, never to be worn again. Rushia’s collegiate years lead to a 10 year professional career overseas, which spanned 5 countries; Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Korea and 7 years in the WNBA; 6 years in Cleveland and 1 year in Charlotte. 

Brown is currently working to make a difference in the lives of girls and women through the sport of basketball. Rushia is the Founder/President of the Women's Professional Basketball Alumnae (WPBA), the only organization structured to assist women who have played professionally in the WNBA or in Europe as they transition into mainstream society.

Join us as we honor our finalists and recipients, have lunch and peruse our silent auction which benefit the Women of Distinction Foundation.

Our 2019 Finalists:


  • Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to advocacy for improving the lives of women.  
  • Nominees must live and/or work in the Southern Nevada Region.
  • Nominees do not need to be a member of NAWBO Southern Nevada.
  • Nominees submitting for the Rising Star Award do hereby verify that they will be under 40 years old on May 7, 2019.
  • The Nominator for the Glass Ceiling Award must be an employee of a NAWBO Southern Nevada Corporate Partner but not the Nominee.
  • Previous WODA recipients are not eligible. 
  • Submitted applications that do not follow the submission guidelines and meet the eligibility requirements may be disqualified.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm PT on March 11, 2019. Please setup up a login and use this platform to nominate for WODA 2019. As the nominees are nominated they will receive a link to complete the online application through this same platform. Please direct all questions to womenofdistinction@nawbosnv.org or Sandy Roche at (702) 524-6208.

Finalists will be announced on or before March 25th. Each finalist will receive a complimentary seat at the award luncheon.

For event registration or sponsorship information, click the links below:

WODA 2019 Registration

Sponsorship Application Form

Thank you to our sponsors:



Our 2018 WODA recipients: