The 2020 Women in Tribal Gaming Symposium Is Underway in California

The TGPN’s 2020 Women in Tribal Gaming Symposium is currently taking place February 25-27, at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California.

The Tribal Game Protection Network’s (TGPN) 2020 Women in Tribal Gaming Symposium kicked off yesterday at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. The annual gathering offers a life-changing opportunity to network with some of the industry’s best and most experienced gaming professionals and female role models in gaming and Tribal government.

The event — led by women, coordinated by women, and dedicated to maximizing opportunities for women in the gaming industry — runs February 25-27, 2020. More information is available at

The Women in Tribal Gaming Symposium aims to draw awareness to implicit bias and stereotyping — strong barriers to promoting women to leadership positions — while empowering women to step into leadership roles and uplift one another in the process. (

As a Jamul Indian Village (JIV) press release states, Jamul Casino and Tribal leadership has a strong presence at the symposium. In addition to their Platinum level sponsorship, JIV Chairwoman Erica M. Pinto offered the keynote address this morning titled, “Leading Change and Overcoming Challenges.” Meanwhile Frances Amado, Operations Manager for JIV, will participate in a panel tomorrow titled, “Personal Empowerment: Overcoming the Fears that Hold You Back,” taking place February 27, 2-3 p.m. Additional Jamul Casino and JIV Tribal leadership will present on panels throughout the conference. 

Chairwoman Pinto has been involved with the JIV Tribal Council since 1997.  In 2015, she was the first woman elected Chairwoman of the JIV, and has led the Tribe to make significant economic progress on its path to self-reliance. In April 2016, under Ms. Pinto’s leadership, the JIV oversaw the development of a world-class gaming facility on its reservation. In October 2016, Jamul Casino (formerly the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego) opened, creating nearly 1,000 permanent jobs. She continues working to expand the Tribe’s land base and increase economic opportunities for members of the JIV.  She is also co-founder of the “Acorns to Oaks” Tribal program, which organizes activities designed to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse and teen pregnancy, and promote education.

Ms. Pinto states, “It’s very rewarding being a part of the Tribal gaming community.  There are so many exceptional women in Tribal gaming leadership positions, and it’s truly an honor to be among their ranks.”