Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, will represent Indian Country among a panel of C-suite executives who will provide a distinctly female perspective on the global gaming industry at a G2E panel titled “Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change.”
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is an international gaming trade show and conference, taking place October 14-17, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change will take place at G2E on Tuesday, October 15th from 11 a.m. to noon.
A Global Gaming Women educational track, the panel will be moderated by Roberta Perry, President, Roberta Perry and Associates. In addition to Chairwoman Valbuena, the panel will feature regulators, suppliers, and operators, including:
- Sandra Douglass-Morgan Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
- Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Wynn Resorts
- Mary Beth Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Affinity Gaming
Global Gaming Women Vice President and Co-chair of the Programming Committee Cassie Stratford said of the panel:
“Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change,” a favorite of G2E attendees, “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.”
Also at G2E, San Manuel Casino is the presenting sponsor of the 5th annual Lean In Breakfast, taking place Thursday, October 17th, 8-10 a.m. at the Sands Convention Center. Attendees can build relationships and valuable connections with colleagues from all corners of the gaming industry, while participating in round table discussions and enjoying breakfast in a casual setting. Both men and women can benefit from exclusive access to high-level female thought leaders in the industry.
A founding board member of Global Gaming Women, Holly Gagnon, CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation, and Chair of the Global Gaming Women mentorship committee, recently spoke to Native Business about the value of female leadership. Personally and through Global Gaming Women, Gagnon proactively works to uplift women in the industry.
“Global Gaming Women is a foundational infrastructure for women to tap into networks, education and leadership,” Gagnon says.
Gagnon underscored why a female and ethnically inclusive leadership team leads to better business decisions.
“What fascinates me is that, in the United States, we lag behind other countries [in terms of the number of females who hold executive leadership positions], even though, statistically, we know that companies that are led by women, or have a good representation of women on their boards of directors, tend to have better long-term profitability,” Gagnon tells Native Business. “So, regardless of whether we feel it’s the right thing from a social standpoint, it’s the right business decision to promote a diverse leadership team. Because we all will approach the solution differently, and probably come up with a much better solution than if we had everyone thinking the same as we did.”
Global Gaming Women is offering G2E Educational Scholarships; applications are available HERE. The deadline for submission is quickly approaching, so attendees are encouraged to submit their applications today.