Chief Information Officer of Switch to Deliver Keynote for UNLV’s NEW Leadership Nevada Program

May. 8, 2018

Missy Young, Chief Information Officer of Switch, will address aspiring women leaders at June 7 event.

Missy Young will share her passion for technology and pathway to leadership with the next generation of Nevada’s leaders at the Women’s Research Institute’s NEW Leadership Nevada Summer Institute on June 7.   

The institute, to be held at UNLV June 4-9, provides the state's college women a unique opportunity to identify their own leadership style, develop skills, and meet women leaders from a variety of fields. Young is part of a dynamic lineup of guests who will address NEW Leadership Nevada Summer Institute participants throughout the week.

“WRIN’s enduring commitment to empowering the next generation of women gives us a key role in supporting gender equality across all areas of life,” said Rebecca Gill, director of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN). “We are looking optimistically at this future of increased presence and power for women and girls.”

As Chief Information Officer at Switch, Young drives the company’s solutions architecture to change the way clients design and implement intelligent data strategies. As a technologist, Young has played a critical role in the company’s evolution from one of the most innovative data center companies in the world to the world’s only hyperscale retail co-location ecosystem.

Since joining Switch in 2005, Young has held roles with leadership responsibilities for all sales operations and solutions engineering for potential clients and win-win contract negotiations. Prior to becoming a partner at Switch, Young was the director of sales engineering and VoIP services for Mpower Communications. Her experience also includes senior sales engineering positions at ICG Communications, InteleNet Data Centers, and FirstWorld Communications. She entered the industry in the mid-‘90s as a network engineer through her Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell certifications.

Young serves on the boards of FIRST® Nevada Robotics, the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, Opportunity Village Foundation, Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Research, Desert Research Institute Foundation, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Additionally, Young is a strong advocate for certification for students who want to enter the technology field. 

National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership is an award-winning program developed by Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics.  In 2001 WRIN became the first site in the southwestern and Rocky Mountain states to host the program designed for college women to learn about leadership and civic participation from accomplished women leaders. Program speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including law, business, politics, education, community activism, non-profit organizations, banking, gaming, medicine, real estate, and more.   

The dinner will be held on June 7 in the UNLV Foundation Building, Blasco Event Wing. For more information, contact WRIN at (702) 895-4931 or

NEW Leadership Nevada 2018 Sponsors

The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada is grateful to The Eleanor Kagi Foundation – A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy for its ongoing support. The 2018 NEW Leadership Nevada Sponsors are: Caesar’s Entertainment, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sletten Construction of Nevada, Nevada International Women’s Forum, Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, and UNLV Women’s Council. To learn more about sponsorship and programming opportunities, call (702) 895-4931 or email     

About WRIN

A part of the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada champions Nevada women and their communities through research and education.  For more information about WRIN or NEW Leadership Nevada, visit the website at