Founded: March 2012
Director: Britton Griffith-Douglass
Times: Sessions occur from about 5:30PM – 8:30PM. It’s helpful to arrive about 15 minutes early.

Under the leadership of our local volunteer team, House of Genius s guaranteed to shake up the world of business in the Biggest Little City. Home to University of Nevada at Reno, we strive to connect students, alumni and professionals of all kinds and fuse them within a new entrepreneurial community.


reno_britton headshotBritton Griffith-Douglass
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Britton Griffith-Douglass is Vice President, Operations at Reno Engineering, a development services company. She is the Special Events Chair for The Riverwalk/Liberty District, board Member for the Regional Alliance of Downtown and Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. She is dedicated & passionate about bringing world attention to the incredible aspects of Reno, including its electric downtown area, brilliant talent pool and the truly one of a kind attributes of the Biggest Little City. She believes that Reno has a vibrant and exponentially growing StartUp community. She wishes to assist, encourage and cultivate the inspiration, drive and heart of the entrepreneur in her beautiful home town. She is also a columnist for Reno Tahoe Tonight, founder of the High Heels & Hopes Fashion Show and a yoga instructor.

Amanda_Pratt-150x150Amanda Pratt, Organizer
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As a high-energy, innovative marketing strategist, Amanda has more than 25 years of experience building and leading integrated sales and marketing teams for high profile nationwide companies in diverse industries that include foodservice, sporting goods and commercial real estate. She is currently the founding partner of MarketLinkRE, a marketing communications and branding consulting firm focused on Commercial Real Estate and a partner in Sports Attack, a manufacturer of professional sports training equipment, both based in Reno, Nevada. As an accomplished leader, Amanda is also an experienced Executive Director currently driving the success of community organizations such as NAIOP, CCIM, and the Regional Alliance for Downtown Reno.

JayJay Johnson, Organizer
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Jay’s 21 years of leadership experience catalogues innovations in organizational effectiveness, business and software development process improvements, change management, and leadership coaching. Jay is a recognized leader and seasoned business executive bringing advanced technology development, strategic organizational leadership, and comprehensive operations experience together to build world-class enterprise solutions. Often involved in the debut of new technologies, he led the first successful delivery of custom book infrastructure (based on patented XML technology) for IDG Publishing.



House of Genius Reno is 100% volunteer run and paid for by sponsors. If you’re a like-minded organization interested in promoting your work with our city’s entrepreneurs and innovators, please contact us about sponsorship opportunities. Email

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City of Reno Building
16th Floor Conference Room
1 E. First Street

Quarterly sessions will be held in 2015 by invitation only. Anyone can apply to join the community and be invited to participate in upcoming sessions. A new group of individuals is selected for each event.

Apply here to attend a future session.