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Education for Everyone

Global Gaming Women Brings New Learning Series to G2E 2018

Education for Everyone

Global Gaming Women supports, inspires and influences the development of women in the gaming industry. GGW is offering new and diverse content as part of its G2E Educational Track during G2E 2018. The series takes place on Monday, October 8 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas and has been carefully designed to perfectly balance both education and mentorship.

“We are very excited to be a part of the educational sessions offered at G2E again this year. As everyone who has been involved with GGW can attest, education is the passion that drives the organization,” says Phyllis Gilland, president of GGW. “With this new education series that we developed for G2E 2018, we are thrilled to continue to fulfill our promise of bringing people together from all segments of gaming with a common goal of enriching their professional and personal lives.”

While Global Gaming Women is producing the content of these sessions, organizers emphasize the learning sessions are for everyone of any gender and any staff level.

“That is an important point that we want to stress,” says Felicia Gassen, executive director of Global Gaming Women Charitable Education Fund. “Yes, providing continued educational opportunities for women in the gaming industry is our goal, and we are producing this series, but the series content is designed to be relevant and beneficial to anyone in the industry. We are eager to once again welcome a broad audience to each session.”

There are three tracks in the GGW G2E Learning Series, based on GGW’s core values of courage, integrity and leadership.



The Power of Tech Part I: Suppliers’ Perspectives in Leveraging Technology to Bring Added Value to Your Customers

Moderated by Melissa Aarskaug from GLI, this session will address how many businesses can be fearful of embracing new technologies, even when faced with hard facts about their benefits. This session will feature suppliers to the industry discussing several of the latest must-have technologies, how they can bring added value, and how to courageously move forward. Invited panelists include Cath Burns of SGMS, Julia Boguslawski of AGS and Siobhan Lane of Aristocrat.

Casino Finance: The Evolution of Casino Finance for the Modern Business World

Finance isn’t just for finance people—it’s for all smart business leaders who understand the power that numbers bring to the conversation. This session will help attendees become more comfortable in their own numbers skin as well as explain current market trends, finance technologies, and must-know finance jargon. The session is moderated by Deloitte’s Nikki Etherington, and invited panelists include John Eder from Seminole Gaming, Kelly Lister from MGM Resorts and IGT’s Sandra Beaver.



The Power of Tech Part II: Casino Operators’ Perspective: How to Capture, Maintain and Grow Revenue While Maintaining Data Integrity

Lorrie Corbin Bamford of Gaming Capital Group leads this discussion that addresses the simple fact that data is money. In today’s business world, if you’re not using data, you’re not making money. So how can operators take full advantage of their data and of modern technologies without compromising data integrity or security? This session will explore the latest technologies, techniques and best practices for using data and maintaining integrity. Invited panelists include Shonette Harrison Crew from Hollywood Casino, Erica Kosemund from Choctaw Nation and Sherri Pucci from The Flamingo/Linq.

How a Diverse Workforce Reinvigorates Your Team

Diversity is a common buzzword in business today. So what does it really mean, and how can diversifying your workforce impact your teams—your corporate team, departmental teams and employee team performance? This session will provide clarity of definition and mission that moves diversity from buzzword to actionable benefit. Leading the discussion is Kat Anderson from Scientific Games, and invited to join as panelists are Christie Roser of Aristocrat, Phyllis James of MGM Resorts and Paula Eylar-Lauzon of Boyd Gaming.



Leadership Traits of C-Suite Execs

Stephen Covey spoke of the seven habits of successful leaders. So which of these habits and other traits are most common in the C-suites throughout today’s gaming industry? This session will explore those traits and outline the characteristics attendees should embrace, as put forth by a panel who has achieved C-suite success using those habits and traits. Boyd Gaming’s Cassie Stratford will moderate this session with invited panelists Julie Cameron-Doe of Aristocrat, Becky Harris from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Angela Heikes from Mystic Lake and Ann Hoff from Excalibur Hotel/Casino.

Mentoring Matters: The Why, the How, and the Affected Mentoring is the core pillar of GGW’s mission.

Simply put, mentoring matters. This session will explore why it matters, how best to mentor, and its effect on those who mentor and who are mentored. Ann Simmons from the Simmons Group will lead the discussion.

Anyone with passes to addend G2E 2018 is welcome to attend these sessions. For more information on GGW, its mission, how to become a member or a sponsor, and other programs and offerings, visit or connect directly with any of the GGW board members during G2E 2018.

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