elen Galloway, CEO of Australian non-profit Women in Gaming & Hospitality (WGH) and a graduate of the EDP class of 2013, is set to partner with the program to launch a recurring gender diversity scholarship.
To promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, WGH will partner with UNLV/UNR (University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno) to provide an annual scholarship that covers tuition, accommodation, and airfare for one aspiring female gaming/hospitality industry executive to attend the UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program —a more than USD 10,000 (AUD 17,500) value.
Currently in its 29th year, EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The program is an opportunity for prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas, leadership strategies, and an opportunity to network with other gaming professionals from around the globe. This year’s program will take place from November 9 – 17 in Lake Tahoe, NV.
The WGH/EDP gender diversity scholarship announcement comes after last year’s launch of the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship, a similar scholarship offering by the Clarion Gaming, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), and open to members of the European Casino Association (ECA).
UNLV IGI’s executive director Bo Bernhard says: “We are thrilled to partner with Women in Gaming & Hospitality to offer this once-in-a-lifetime, career-launching opportunity to a rising star industry executive. Not only this, but we couldn’t be more excited to support Women in Gaming & Hospitality’s mission of ‘expanding the leader-verse’—the diverse pool from which leaders are born.”
Helen Galloway, CEO of Women in Gaming & Hospitality, commented: “I am pleased that we have partnered with UNLV/UNR to offer this amazing opportunity to one of our emerging female leaders. EDP is the only course of its kind in the world, offering a 360-degree view of the gaming-hospitality industry. At the time I attended EDP I was an operator and really appreciated the diverse pool of attendees I worked with and the knowledge and perspective of industry suppliers and regulators. EDP creates lifelong career connections, which are invaluable to leaders in the industry.”
To be eligible for the WGH/EDP gender diversity scholarship, women who belong to the WGH organization should show ambition for holding a leadership position in gaming and a desire to further their professional education.
Interested candidates should fill out an application, which includes: the candidate’s resume, a letter of support from the candidate’s immediate manager, and a letter from the candidate providing their reasons for applying. Applications close on June 30, and the scholarship will be awarded at WGH’s Leaders’ Lunch at the Australasian Gaming Expo on August 14.