lobal Gaming Women (GGW) will shine a bright spotlight on leadership in a series of informative panels at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E). This year, GGW’s educational track is fully integrated into G2E’s primary Educational Track programming, allowing for more attendees to learn from GGW’s robust roster of experienced panelists.
GGW Vice President and Co-chair of the Programming Committee Cassie Stratford said, "We are thrilled to present a diverse roster of leaders and experts to speak to G2E attendees. Education is a vital pillar of our work at Global Gaming Women, and we are excited to continue that mission at G2E, with four unique panels that will help inspire attendees – women and men – to find the courage to lead."
First, on Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m., Roberta Perry, President of Roberta Perry and Associates will lead the attendee-favorite discussion, “Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change.” The members of this C-suite panel represent the industry spectrum of regulators, suppliers, and operators who will give a distinctly female perspective on the global gaming industry. Scheduled to appear are Sandra Douglass-Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board; Mary Beth Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Affinity Gaming; Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Ellen F. Whittemore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Wynn Resorts.
Next at 2:00 p.m., Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI) Senior Director of Engineering Tina Kilmer will lead the discussion, “How Did You Do That and Why Not? How to Get out of Your own Way.” Leadership can be easier said than done, and panelists will have a frank and interactive discussion about the what’s, how’s, and why’s of their leadership experience. Slated to appear are Julie Hakman, President and CEO, AmericanChecked Inc.; Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV; Paul Speirs-Hernandez, President, Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute; and Jean Venneman, Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming Arts, LLC.
GGW’s sessions continue Wednesday, October 16. At 1:30 p.m. is CEO/President of the Simmons Group Ann Simmons Nicholson conducting a highly interactive session on the topic, “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath. Case studies and counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields will lend insight into why we are challenged by change, and how to meet those challenges head-on.
At 2:30 p.m., Aristocrat’s Vice President of New Markets Lauralyn McCarthy-Sandoval will lead the discussion, “Breaking Out of Your Lane: People Who’ve Proven Everything is Possible.” Slated to appear are former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who is now President of Global Gaming Development, MGM Resorts International; Patricia Becker, President, Becker & Associates; Elaine A. Hodgson, President & CEO, Incredible Technologies; and Pat Ramsey, Member, Board of Directors for Aristocrat Technologies. The group will discuss how they successfully pivoted from seemingly unrelated fields to reach the highest executive levels in gaming.
GGW is also offering G2E Educational Scholarships. Applications are available now at GlobalgamingWomen.org.