ABOUT BOSS LADY VEGAS
Boss Lady Vegas is a multimedia platform developed by a family of enlightened, socially conscious business advisers who mentor entrepreneurs with dynamic educational resources and a global network of like-minded people, inspiring business owners to succeed, engage in, and perpetuate economic development in their communities.
Our business advisors, or Angels, who inspire and mentor women, are all successful businesswomen in their own right. Learn more about them here.
Full of life Kimberly Miles is an accomplished businesswoman, innovative entrepreneur, and community activist. President of TPC/HR Payroll, a multi-million-dollar national company, and a recognized leader in the Las Vegas community and beyond, Kimberly brings a remarkable insight and a wealth of business acumen.
With more than 25 years of experience in managing company growth from start-ups to national brands, she is responsible for multi-million-dollar revenue streams.
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Miles honed her business skills during her 15 years of service at Paychex, Inc. For more than a decade, she managed branch offices, increased revenue, and cultivated new business. In 1995, as a new market development representative, Kimberly transferred to Las Vegas and successfully launched Nevada's first Paychex, Inc. office.
In 2000, Miles founded The Payroll Company (TPC), a privately-held national payroll and human resource management firm specializing in human resources, insurance, taxation, and business management. In less than a decade, Kimberly expanded the business and has given it a nationwide presence. Today, TPC serves more than 5000 clients and continues to grow. Her accomplishments showcase her abilities to build strategic relationships and generate new revenue as well as increase market development. Consequently, Kimberly has proven herself as the master of cash as well as an effective leader in the business community.
With her powerful voice and endless energy, Miles passionately advocates for women business owners. Her desire to help women in the professional realm has been recognized by female advocate groups. In 2010, Kimberly was an ATHENA Hall of Fame recipient and in 2011, she was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Nevada. From 2011 to 2012, she was president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada and was recently honored by the Small Business Administration as the 2012 Women in Business Champion for Nevada. No matter the path she pursues, Miles influences those she meets along the way.
Kimberly is devoted to her community and its prosperity. She actively supports legislation to help small businesses. She has met with key representatives in Nevada and the Las Vegas community, including Rep. Shelley Berkley, to increase business and financial opportunities. Her desire to boost the Las Vegas economy has led to her connection with the Clark County's Business Development Education Program (CCBDEP), where she mentors young adults to become entrepreneurs because she knows, "If I can do it, so can you."
After facing many adversities in her youth, Miles rises above and uses those experiences to help charitable organizations that provide much-needed services to underserved populations, especially those that follow her true passion supporting women and children. She is the Founder of B.E. A. S.H.E.R.O. The foundation that supports victims of human trafficking. She also is an inaugural board member of Dress for Success Southern Nevada, serves on the youth committee of Shannon West Homeless Youth, and supports Help of Southern Nevada through its Center for Independent Living division and multiple other professional associations and community organizations. She is an advocate for the American Heart Association, Circle of Red for Women's Health and Olive Crest for Children.
The ever-growing and changing Kimberly partnered with her husband Eric Miles to create, Miles To Go, to produce a brand new TV reality show called Boss Lady Vegas. The show airs as a multimedia platform and is complete with a superb collection of successful businesswomen. This dream team of women is committed to enlightening female entrepreneurs by engaging educational resources. Boss Lady Vegas perpetuates economic success by linking viewers to a global network of like-minded people. It is Kimberly’s benevolent attitude and a strong belief in the “we” and the “us” that keeps the positive energy flowing, proving again and again that there is great power in numbers.
A nationally-recognized authority in image consulting and CEO of Image Empowering, Stephanie Ann Vehon brings proven expertise that dramatically affects her clients’ confidence, performance and success. As a student of personal growth and fashion since the age of 18, Stephanie carefully crafted a full-service personal development and styling system called The Style Within™ that combines her two areas of expertise.
Texas-raised Ms. Vehon understands the powerful results that image transformation can produce. At the age of 19, she was a six-figure income earner in a leading network marketing company with hundreds on her team. Eventually, she made her transition into commercial real estate. At the age of 26, she was No. 1 in her field in the state of Nevada and retained this position for three years. Three years later in 2006, Ms. Vehon launched Image Empowering, a full-service image and visionary empowerment firm that connects people to their life, and business owners to more clients through image. Based in Las Vegas, the firm caters to empowering men, women and children in their lives by recognizing their own unique style and personal power.
Ms. Vehon served on the board of Dress for Success Southern Nevada from 2010 to 2012 and was recognized with an award for devotion to the organization. In 2008, Stephanie began her study of religious science, Religious science is a correlation of laws of science, opinions of philosophy, and revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of man. In 2012, she received her license as a Religious Science, Spiritual Practitioner.
Through her studies, Ms. Vehon quickly realized there was much more to the business than just the financial rewards. She loved being with people and helping them. She enjoyed seeing people recognize the possibility for themselves. She is passionate about seeing what people overcome in order to be successful.
Within her first year of business, Ms. Vehon expanded her business internationally and retained clients globally. In 2011, she was responsible for a full company image makeover that took a business from a million-dollar company to a billion-dollar company in less then a year. She has worked with several major companies including ERC of Nevada, Cintas, Appreciation Financial, Eccoci, Limited Editions for Her, MGM Resorts International and Four Seasons.
Recently, as a prior leader in network marketing, Image Empowering has focused on helping women in network marketing find their light. People who have struggled with weight or body issues find their light by learning how to love their body and discovering their unique image. People who have struggles with reaching success or overcoming the battle of the mind find their light when they see possibilities. As a pioneering entrepreneur, clients working with Image Empowering have had ranks advancements within their companies in record times and many network marketers report quadrupling their income and retaining team member exceeding competitors.
From 2002-2005, Ms. Vehon was honored each year with two awards, salesperson of the year, and top sales gross of the year. In 2004, Ms. Vehon partook in a leadership program in which she received a team player of the year award, as well as leadership award for excellence achievement at events. Ms. Vehon is now dedicated to supporting women excel in every area of their lives to love the life they live!
Joan Black is an Air Force veteran and entrepreneur, writer, researcher, and a professional cook and baker. From 2010 to 2015, she founded and managed The Creative Octopus, LLC; a professional writing firm that provided a broad range of business writing services to nationwide clients.
From 2011 to 2012, Black served on the National Association of Women Business Owners Southern Nevada (NAWBOSNV) board of directors as 2011 NAWBO education chair and 2012 NAWBO business development chair and received the 2011 Rising Star award.
Black is a graduate of the 2012 Clark County Business Development Education Program and holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Southern Nevada Las Vegas. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Casino Management in culinary arts with high honors from Community College of Southern Nevada.
Black is a breast cancer survivor. A passionate plant-based foodie, her experience with cancer and nutrition inspired her to help other women going through similar experiences by launching an upcoming plant-based food blog, KINwagrow. KINwagrow will be a resource center featuring interviews with professional dieticians, nutritionists, and oncologists to discuss cancer-fighting foods and will share delectable recipes.
Former television news anchor and reporter Juana Hart is a business communication consultant and president of J-Hart Communications. She works with organizations seeking to engage employees, clients and the public more effectively to increase visibility, credibility, buy‐in, and revenues. She has worked on both sides of the camera and both sides of business through a myriad of challenges, such as caring for eight children and surviving breast cancer.
Juana launched her career as a radio and television news anchor for KTSM (NBC) in El Paso, Texas, moving on to become an award-winning host and producer of Insights at KDFW-‐TV (CBS) in Dallas. She also spent a few years on the other side of the camera as regional public information officer for the Texas Department of Human Services. In that role, she was responsible for employee communications, community relations and served as media spokesperson regarding legally charged, controversial issues such as welfare fraud, elder abuse, and a highly publicized daycare sex abuse scandal.
She co-produced and anchored Nevada's first live, morning television newscast on KLAS (CBS) before anchoring afternoon and evening programs and the popular Straight from the "Hart" franchise honoring outstanding workers and community servants.
After leaving news, she produced and hosted independent television shows - On the Move and Business Connection, which aired on PBS Vegas. As vice president of administration and marketing at B.I.P. Software, Inc. she participated in the company's expansion to include government and private sector clients from Alaska to Florida.
In 2011, Juana was a finalist for NAWBO Southern Nevada's Women of Distinction Award in the Public Relations and Communication category, and a finalist for Small Business of the Year for the Urban Chamber. She has received numerous awards and honors including Distinguished Women of Nevada, Outstanding Achievement Award-‐UPI Broadcasters, Katie Award for Best Public Affairs Program, Outstanding Young Women of America, Leadership El Paso and a variety of community service awards.
She earned a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at El Paso, lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she reared to wonderful daughters and enjoys spending time with family.
LAURI S. THOMPSON
Before practicing law, Lauri spent 20 years performing as a dancer, singer, actress, model, and spokesperson, including a 13-year run as the principal adagio act in Les Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, and two years in a starring role in a television comedy series called GLOW. She has experience in television, film, music, commercials and live stage production, and is co-owner of a production company.
Lauri teaches Entertainment Law at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, a program developed and implemented by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and currently is on the committee to develop programming for the Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013.
Lauri has lived in Las Vegas since 1980, has been married to Allen Bracken for more than two decades. Allen has been Lance Burton's production manager for nearly the same amount of time and was Magician Harry Blackstone's production manager for 12 years prior. Lauri and Allen have two boys, Nikolas Bracken, and Alexander Bracken.
Lauri is now a shareholder/attorney with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, where she focuses on entertainment, trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity. She has been practicing law in Las Vegas for the past 15 years and is a member of the State Bar in Nevada, California, and Washington DC.
Lauri has worked with numerous charities and is currently on the Executive Board for the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Chairman of the Board for Variety, The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters and the Nevada Women's Lobby, is a member and Past President of the American Association of University Women, Las Vegas Branch.
Each of these non-profits had significant accomplishments while Lauri was involved. Nevada Ballet Theatre prepared itself financially and developed the quality of the organization to open in the new, half a billion-dollar, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, in 2012, and premiered an original $2 million Nutcracker production. Variety the Children's Charity was successful in financing, purchasing, and delivering the first wheelchair swings to the US. While she was the President of AAUW, she organized lobbying efforts for AAUW statewide to support funding for public education at a critical time when the No Child Left Behind laws went into effect.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
- William Shakespeare
Lauri is looking forward to playing her next part.
g her next part.
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Monica Coburn is a Senior Vice President in Commercial Banking for Mutual of Omaha Bank. In this capacity, her responsibilities include working with a team focused on delivering strategic guidance and solutions for companies in the Southern Nevada market.
Monica began her banking career with Bank of Hawaii and has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including Private Banking, Business Banking Officer, Regional Manager, and SBA Lending Manager. Prior to joining Mutual of Omaha Bank, she was a Senior Relationship Manager with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Continually active in the community, Monica serves on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Business Opportunity Fund, on the advisory board for the Global Charity Foundation and the inaugural board of the B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation, a local non-profit organization that supports young girls and women under the age of 25 who have been abused, abandoned and exploited. Monica was appointed to the Clark County Business Development Advisory Council and is a member of the Philanthropy Leadership Council for Roseman University’s College of Medicine. Additionally, she volunteers with numerous not-for-profit organizations such as Three Square, Goodie Two Shoes and Dress for Success Southern Nevada, where she served on the board of directors for five years and was Gala Chair for 2013 and 2014. Monica also serves as a mentor for Clark County’s Small Business Opportunity Program and the Emerging Leaders Program, which is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Monica is the Founder of the Women in Business Summit and Women Entrepreneur Boot camp and has conducted these events since 2013. If that weren’t enough, Monica is a co-Founder of PowHer of We, a women entrepreneur group based in Las Vegas. Monica has been a judge for several years for the U.S. Small Business Administration awards for the State of Nevada, and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, a global recognition program that awards women entrepreneurs internationally.
She has received numerous awards including from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Woman of Distinction Award from NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and in 2016 received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House under the Obama Administration.