Speaker Series

The early bird WINs

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When we return to morning meetings: 

Yes, it’s early. And yes, it’s Friday. But by 9 a.m. on the last Friday of most months, you’ll have established meaningful connections with locals in business and learned actionable ideas from conference-caliber speakers.

Bring a guest, and you’ll be able to introduce them (and yourself) to our connected WIN audience. And those who introduce a guest — as well as the guests who are introduced — get entered to win a great prize.


What to expect when you're expecting...election results

On Oct. 29, the Thursday before Election Day, the WIN Nevada speaker series will shine a light on state and national elections and what they could mean for Nevadans in their personal and professional lives. Our speaker is Jon Ralston, who has been Nevada’s resident expert on the subject for more than 30 years. He will talk about potential scenarios while also dispelling (or confirming) myths around the election.

Jon wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 15 years, the last seven as a freelance columnist. In 1999, Greenspun Media Group purchased his political newsletter, The Ralston Report, and hired him as a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun where his byline appeared until September 2012. He was also a columnist for the Reno Gazette-Journal from January 2015 until November 2016, when he left to start The Indy. His blog, Ralston Reports, now lives on The Nevada Independent website.

Over the years, Jon has hosted several TV programs, including “Ralston Live” on Vegas PBS and “Ralston Reports” on KSNV News 3. He also writes and publishes a Nevada-centric email newsletter called “Flash” that frames the political agenda for the day, breaks news and offers analysis and snark.

In 2012, Politico named Jon one of the Top 50 “Politicos to Watch.” He frequently appears on MSNBC, FOX News, and PBS, and he has also appeared on NBC’s long-running “Meet the Press.”

Jon’s many awards include:

  • Associated Press News Executive Council award for best local column (2009)
  • Best Non-Staff Columnist (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2015)
  • Best Columnist of the Year (1991 & 1992)
  • Nevada State Press Association’s Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year (1986)

Jon is originally from Buffalo, New York. He has a B.A. in English from Cornell University and a M.A. in journalism from University of Michigan. He came to Las Vegas in 1984 as the night police reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, later covering general assignment and county government before becoming a political reporter in 1986. He has a son, Jake. Jon loves movies and movie trivia and aspires to one day be The Nevada Independent‘s film critic, if they’ll let him.

Follow Jon on Twitter @ralstonreports

LOCATION: The ZOOM link instructions will be emailed on Wednesday October 28 by noon.
TIME: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


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Connecting in Seconds: Adrienne Bankert

Following a successful two-year run as the POP News anchor on the weekend edition of Good Morning America, Bankert has expanded her role, covering some of the biggest stories in entertainment, all while reporting on breaking news of the day on both the East and West coasts. Her compelling interviews can be seen on all of ABC News’ platforms, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and ABC News Live.

She has covered some of the most historic headlines of the past decade, she was the first national correspondent to report on the Dallas police shooting in 2016, in Thailand on the rescue of a youth soccer team, and the murder of Nipsey Hussle. From the Oscars, to the Women’s World Cup Finals in France, and from both coasts, she has interviewed some of the most recognized names in film and television including Brad Pitt, Dwayne Johnson, Lady Gaga, Will Smith and Scarlett Johansson. 

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TIME: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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