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October Featured Guest - Lu Torres - CEO and President of Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

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Lu has been in senior nonprofit leadership for 29 years including organizations as YMCA, Girl Scouts, Educational Foundation, The Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada and most recently CEO and President of Nevada Microenterprise Initiative serving the state of Nevada. Lu's area of expertise lies within change management, and reorganization strategies. Lu has taken four organizations through reorganization process in which all organizations have turned around fiscally and programmatically through mission driven activities creating a sustainable environment. Lu has served as a certified train the trainers for two national organizations developing and implementing curriculum throughout the western region of the United States. Lu's background in small business development includes starting and owning several small businesses including a Travel agent which she developed and sold. Currently she is co-owner of a Microenterprise with her husband, a Property Inspection Service; she is an artist selling her works locally and in California. Lu received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Service Administration graduating Suma cum Laude and receiving the Provost Scholar Award from Springfield College and her Masters Degree in Organizational Management, Antioch University. In 2011 Lu was an "In Business Women to Watch Honoree" from the publication Vegas Inc. 2012 recognized as one of the top 100 women in non-profit leadership in Nevada from Oprah Winfrey -Non Profit Sector As a graduate of Leadership Henderson 2010 she believes through strong leadership and strategic partnerships the development of small businesses will put Nevada back to work.