Global Gaming Women to shine a spotlight on leadership in G2E panels

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Global Gaming Women is offering a packed conference programme, featuring a diverse roster of leaders and experts at this year’s G2E.


Global Gaming Women will shine a spotlight on leadership in a series of informative panels at G2E Las Vegas. This year, GGW’s educational track is fully integrated into G2E’s primary conference programming, allowing for more attendees to learn from GGW’s robust roster of experienced panelists.

“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,” said Cassie Stratford, GGW VP and co-chair of the Programming Committee.

On Tuesday, 15 October at 11:00am, Roberta Perry, president of Roberta Perry and Associates will lead the attendee-favourite 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, CEO, Affinity Gaming; Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Ellen F. Whittemore, EVP and general counsel and secretary, Wynn Resorts.

Next at 2:00pm, GLI’s 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, American Checked; Jennifer Roberts, associate director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV; Paul Speirs-Hernandez, president, Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute; and Jean Venneman, CCO, Gaming Arts.

GGW’s sessions continue Wednesday, 16 October. At 1:30pm Ann Simmons Nicholson, CEO/president of Simmons Group, will conduct a highly interactive session on the topic, “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

Case studies and counter-intuitive 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 2:30pm, Aristocrat’s VP 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 and Associates; Elaine A. Hodgson, president and 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.

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