Title: State Senator, Communications Executive, Writer
Company: Nevada State Senate
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Senator Valerie Wiener, State Senator, Communications Executive and Writer at Nevada State Senate, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in politics and communications.
An esteemed figure in the fields of politics and communications, Ms. Wiener has accrued more than 45 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. A senator for the state of Nevada since 1996, she has also served as owner of PowerMark Publishing since 1998 and Weiner Communications Group since 1988. Prior to these engagements, she acted as press secretary to US Senator Harry Reid in Washington, DC, from 1983 to 1986, and again from 1987 to 1988, and she was an administrative assistant to Friends for Harry Reid in 1986. Previously, Ms. Wiener was involved in the communications industry as executive administrator of several radio stations in the Southwest region, as well as editor of the Illinois State Register in the early 1970s, director of public affairs for the First Illinois Cable Television in the early 1970s, owner of Broadcast Associates, Inc., in Las Vegas, NV, from 1972 to 1986, and producer of checkpoint station KOMU-TV in Missouri from 1972 to 1973.
In addition, Ms. Wiener has served on the board of directors of The Public Education Foundation since 1997, the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada since 1994, and a member of PAYBAC Speakers and Partnership Programs of the Clark County School District since 1989. In 2014, she founded the Gratitude Award for Nonprofits and Public Service, and in 2012, she was chair of the Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Nevada. Serving on the committee on judiciary of the U.S. Senate in 2011, she has further served as chair of the committee on health and education with the U.S. Senate in 2009, the steering committee for the Youth Recovery Network from 2001 to 2002, vice chair of the Governor’s Commission on Postsecondary Education in the state of Nevada from 1992 to 1996, and vice chair of the congressional awards council of the state of Nevada from 1989 to 1993. Ms. Wiener was a founding member of the Nevada Team for Action for Healthy Kids.
To prepare for her illustrious roles, Ms. Wiener sought a formal education, first obtaining a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1971, followed by a Master of Arts from the same academic institution in 1972. She subsequently earned an additional Master of Arts from the University of Illinois, Springfield, in 1974, and completed postgraduate coursework at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific from 1976 to 1979. She is certified in grant writing and nonprofit management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A leading voice in her field, Ms. Wiener maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the National Association of Women Business Owners, Nevada Press Women, the Small Publishers Association of North America, the National Speakers Association, and the Democratic Press Secretaries Association. She is also associated with the El Paso Association of Radio Stations, the Staff Club of the U.S. Senate, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Renowned for being the first female assistant majority leader of the state senate, Ms. Wiener was also the first woman to serve in a minority and majority leadership position and was on the first all-women’s legislative leadership team in United States history. She is the longest-serving woman in legislation born in Nevada.
In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the industry, she has been awarded numerous accolades throughout her career, including the Communications Awards each year since 1989. In addition, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women in 1991 and 2016, the Secretary of State’s Participatory Democracy Award from the state of Nevada in 2009, and the Special Service Award from the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007.
Avid about fitness and sports, Ms. Wiener received gold medals in swimming in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007, as well as in fitness and weightlifting from 1998 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2007. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas in 2006 and has been the recipient of the Walking Silver Medal by the Nevada Senior Olympics in 2005. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wiener was honored with the Outstanding Woman Adviser for Education Award by the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000, the Communicator Award of Distinction in 2000, the Circle of Excellence Award by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and the Distinguished Leader Award by the Association of Leadership Programs in 1993.
In celebration of her outstanding achievements, Ms. Wiener was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. She enjoys reading, writing, fitness, weightlifting, and public speaking in her spare time.
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