Ideas are easy to come by. How many times a day do we hear great ideas or come up with our own?

Executing them is where the hard work comes in, and doing that successfully over time takes more than talent; it takes dedication, a belief in the vision, and perhaps most importantly, patience.

On the heels of Moonshine Ink’s 10th Anniversary edition, the hard work and vision of publisher Mayumi Elegado was recognized in both Nevada and Placer counties.


This week, the 36-year-old Truckee woman received a “Commemorative Coin” award from Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery recognizing her as a “fearless leader” who is “charming, funny, and a wonderful partner.”

“One of the things that’s been particularly important about Moonshine Ink is that it’s bilingual,” Montgomery said, noting the large population of native Spanish speakers in Placer County.

She continued with a quote from a Moonshine staff member, who said, “She is the core of Moonshine and without her this amazing community newspaper would not exist. Her goal first and foremost is quality journalism followed by a mission to serve the community and keep it informed and intelligent.”

“I am humbled and grateful for this honor,” Elegado said, noting that while it’s “incredible to recognized,” the award also lends her the encouragement to “continue our great work.”

Elegado has also been selected to speak at the upcoming TEDxGrass Valley, an event under license from TED that dovetails with the TEDxWomen conference in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The global theme will be centered on how women and girls are shaping the future. At the Grass Valley event on Dec. 2, Elegado will offer a lecture to a live audience on “New Journalism: The Power of Storytelling.”

Elegado joins an impressive list of local women including:

• Karen Atkins: Certified Wudang Qi Gong Instructor, Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor, Award-Winning Songwriter, on Re-think Super Woman: Make changing your world a sustainable reality

• Tiffany Gray: Friendship Club Girl and Student, on I Am the Space Between

• Julie Greene: Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, on Harnessing the Sun to Improve Health and Environments

• Lucinda K. Porter, RN: Author of “Free from Hepatitis C: Your Complete Guide to Healing Hepatitis C,” on Hepatitis C: The Baby Boomer Virus

• Katie Sabira Rubin: Actress and Comedian, on Spirituality for the Spiritually Rebellious, Femininity for the Femininely Challenged

• Amanda Thibodeau: Founder of the Food Love Project, Farmer, on How the Love of Food Can Change the World

TEDxGrassvalley will also webcast thought-provoking talks from TEDxWomen including:

• Julia Bluhm and Izzie Labbe: two young women who successfully petitioned Seventeen magazine to stop altering face and body shapes of girls with Photoshop.

• Anita Sarkeesian: a feminist media critic who initiated a successful Kickstarter campaign to examine gender tropes in video games. Shortly after, a Flash game, where users could punch a likeness of Sarkeesian, went viral, underscoring the sexism she sought to unveil.

• Bob Woodruff: a former ABC war correspondent who suffered a traumatic brain injury while embedded in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, who will describe their journey of starts and stops.

• Eve Ensler: a well-known feminist playwright, performer, writer, activist, and author of the “Vagina Monologues.”

• Chung Hyun Kyung: a Korean spiritual leader and ecofeminist.

• Musimbi Kanyoro: head of the Women’s Global Fund.

• Jessica Pabon: on the history of graffiti artists.

Info: $35, doors open 3:30 p.m, event 4 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley,


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