About the Conference
The AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is the premier event for women who love to ride. Taking place July 26-29 in Carson City, Nev., the 2012 conference will combine inspirational speakers, great roads, demo rides, product showcases and unmatched camaraderie for the best AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conferences ever. Here, you can find information about the location for this year's conference, as well as the executive council that helped make all this possible.
Carson City, Nev.
Carson City, Nev., abuts the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This breathtaking backdrop provides both the perfect environment for a stunning event, as well as some of the best motorcycle riding in the region. Plus, the mountains intercept the moisture of the air currents flowing from the Pacific Ocean, which creates a relatively dry climate that ensures an above-average share of beautiful sunny days.
The list of local activities is diverse and long. It includes hiking, biking, golfing, gaming, shopping, dining, railroads, museums, antiquing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, scenic byways and much, much more.
- Take Highway 80 East into Reno.
- Turn south on Highway 395.
- Follow Highway 395 for approximately 30 miles, until you see the "Welcome to Carson City" sign.
Travelers coming from Lake Tahoe can travel Highway 50 east along Lake Tahoe's South Shore until it intersects with Highway 395 at Carson City's south end. Take a left to get to the downtown corridor.
For some more interesting rides to the area, you can download maps and GPS coordinates from RoadRunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine.
Air travel includes flights into Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The airport is located roughly 30 miles from Carson City.
Maggie McNally is vice chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). She represents individual members from the Northeast region of the United States. McNally's love for riding began at age 11 when her cousin took her for a ride on a Triumph. A few years later, eager to disprove a naysayer who suggested, “Women don't ride motorcycles,” she got her riding permit and a 1972 Suzuki GT380. McNally continues to be an avid motorcyclist and is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach. In addition to her motorcycling activities, McNally is active in Albany's Irish-American community, as an Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival board member, Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee member and an assistant instructor at the Farrell School of Irish Dance. She also participates at the local and state level of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Tigra Tsujikawa, the marketing manager for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), is the force behind the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference. She has a wealth of experience in marketing, events and product development from such power companies as Fox Racing and Kawasaki Motors Corp. In addition to spearheading major AMA events, Tsujikawa taps into her powersports industry experience and her passion for riding to enhance the AMA’s membership programs and women’s initiative. An avid on-and off-road rider, Tsujikawa logs an average of 4,000 off-road miles each year, and has been carving canyons on sport bikes for over 28 years. She believes that “riders join AMA” and has been a long time AMA member. “Motorcycling gives me independence, confidence and clarity in my life. It defines who I am, how I live and what I love.”
Sarah Schilke is an avid street rider turned amateur off-road racer who has made a career out of her passion -- riding motorcycles. Schilke has worked in the motorcycle industry for almost 20 years, and is currently the marketing and public relations manager for Schuberth, the German helmet manufacturer responsible for the award-winning C3W helmet engineered specifically for women riders. She has also worked with the International Motorcycle Shows, G by Hein Gericke, American Motorcyclist magazine, Electric Motorbike, and a powersports trade journal about the women’s motorcycle market. Schilke is the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council, and is an expert member of the FIM Commission on Women in Motorcycling. She is also a lifetime member of the AMA.
Liz Jansen is an adventurer, entrepreneur, speaker and author of Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment. In 2003, she founded Trillium Motorcycle Tours & Events to create experiences that instill a sense of adventure, freedom and community while traveling the transformative road to personal and professional leadership. From 2006-2012, Jansen served on the board of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada, recently completing a term as Board Chair. She was a member of the Advisory Council for the American Motorcyclist Association’s 2009 International Women Riders Conference and the project manager for Canada’s first similar event in 2010. Jansen is a certified senior motorcycle instructor, and has worked with individuals, corporate clients, manufacturers, retailers and the public sector. She has been published in the Toronto Star, Ontario Tourism motorcycle touring website, motorcycle.com and several periodicals. Her expertise has been sought for television and radio interviews and magazine and newspaper articles. Additional information is available on her website at www.lizjansen.com.