Monday, May 16, 2016

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ECGC Panel to Explore Gender Equality in Gaming  

Atlantic City, N.J. May 16, 2016Women represent almost 50 percent of the employee base of the gaming industry, but are significantly underrepresented in the management ranks. A panel of experts at the 20th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress will explore this discrepancy in a session titled, “Gender Equality in the Gaming Industry: Leveraging Talent for Sustainable Growth,” on Thursday, May 26, from 8:50 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. The Congress is the gaming industry’s longest-running conference on the East Coast, and will take place May 25-26, 2016, at Harrah’s Resort Casino in Atlantic City, in the new Waterfront Conference Center.

“Numerous studies outside of gaming have shown that economic growth improves with more women in senior management positions, and companies that invest in women's employment gain a competitive advantage,” according to the session description.  “At a time when gaming companies are searching for a competitive edge, have we reached the tipping point where investing in women will make great companies even greater?”

Moderator for the panel will be Virginia McDowell, president and board chair, Global Gaming Women, an independent charitable organization to support and develop the next generation of female leaders in gaming. McDowell recently retired as president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos.

Panelists include:

  • James Allen, chief executive officer, Seminole Gaming & Hard Rock International
  • Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president - Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Jane Bokunewicz, assistant professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies, Stockton University
  • Laura Lee, senior vice president, Regional Human Resources, MGM Resorts International

The East Coast Gaming Congress & iGaming Institute is the premier forum for gaming experts to share ideas, express concerns and articulate visions about the past, present and future of the gaming industry. More than 600 gaming operators, equipment manufacturers, regulators, attorneys, architects, analysts, public officials, investors and other gaming-related professionals are expected to attend. The full conference schedule and registration are at


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