Education Committee

All Global Gaming Women education and training conferences are overseen by the Education Committee which is co-chaired by the four women together. These dedicated ladies work together throughout the year to ensure that each GGW-sponsored event provides its scholarship recipients with an exceptional learning experience that provides them with critical tools required to grow personally and professionally. The Education Committee is supported by the following sub-committees:

Patty Becker

Patricia Becker has over 40 years’ experience in the gaming industry and currently operates a gaming consulting firm that specializes in compliance and regulatory issues. During her career in gaming, Becker held numerous executive positions, all of which were firsts for women. She spent 6 years as a Senior Vice President with Aladdin Gaming and 9 years with Harrah’s culminating with the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Becker was recently honored for her career in gaming by induction to the Gaming Hall of Fame. She currently serves on the compliance committee of Scientific Games, Inc., Tropicana Entertainment, Inc., and Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc.

Lauralyn McCarthy has been in the gaming industry for over 24 years working in leadership and development for multibillion dollar corporations including Aristocrat, Scientific Games and IGT, as an entrepreneur starting up successful businesses including a slot machine route, and as a consultant and advisor to public companies, entrepreneurs and start-up and early stage businesses.  Lauralyn is currently Vice President New Markets at Aristocrat Technologies.  Lauralyn received the Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award and University of Nevada, Reno Alumni’s Professional Achievement Award.  “It’s Not about Women:  It’s About Business Results” is her Global Gaming Business Editorial.  She attended University of Nevada, Reno on a tennis scholarship graduating on the Presidents Honor Roll, named in UNR’s Top Ten Senior Women, receiving the Journalism School Senior Advertising Professionalism Award and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority National Change Leadership Award.  Lauralyn sits on GGW’s Education Committee and Co-Chairs Great Women of Gaming Awards. She sits on Opportunity Village’s Foundation Board, is a co-founder of Cancer Research Racquet supporting the American Cancer Society, a Trustee of Desert Research Institute, and on the Deans Advisory Counsel of UNR’s Journalism School. She served on Entrepreneurs Organization Las Vegas Board.

Cassie Stratford currently serves as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming Corporation, a publicly traded hotel/casino operator with properties throughout the United States.  Since joining Boyd Gaming Corporation in 2012, Ms. Stratford has been involved in a number of functions within the legal department, including contract drafting, negotiation and process management, information technology matters, data security initiatives, marketing and operational advisory matters, human resources, premises liability and complex litigation, and a wide variety of general legal advisory matters.  Prior to joining Boyd Gaming Corporation, Ms. Stratford was a commercial litigation attorney in the Las Vegas office of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.  While at Snell and Wilmer, Ms. Stratford served a variety of business clients in all stages of litigation, with a primary focus on financial services clients. Ms. Stratford received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University, while working part time for a national political campaign consulting firm in Washington DC.  Ms. Stratford received her Juris Doctor from UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor, teaching an upper level legal writing course entitled “Transaction Drafting”.  In addition to her involvement with Global Gaming Women, Ms. Stratford continues to be involved in Georgetown and UNLV Law alumni programs, serves as a regular volunteer for the Ask-a-Lawyer program through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and is involved in various other community organizations.

Meaghan Ryan currently works as the Vice President of Human Resources for Seminole Gaming. As a trusted, collaborative, and strategic business partner, her role is to deliver and develop world class talent throughout the organization. In this role, she partners with all aspects of the human resources organization to include recruitment, training, compensation, HRIS, team member relations, and health & wellness. Prior to her time with Seminole Gaming, Meaghan spent eight years in various Human Resources roles at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Cincinnati. Meaghan started at the Las Vegas Corporate office on the Talent Acquisition team, holding various roles on the executive recruitment team. She then served as the HR Manager for Harrah’s New Orleans before becoming a part of the opening team at Horseshoe Cincinnati. In this new role, she was integral in the recruitment and hiring of 1,700 employees, as well as partnering with property leaders to ensure the entire team was prepared and operationally ready for a successful and on-time grand opening. She left Caesars Entertainment as the Vice President of Human Resources for Horseshoe Cincinnati. Meaghan received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Florida State University. A native of Orlando, she is a huge sports fan and loves traveling and spending time at the beach. Meaghan is an inaugural member of the leadership team that launched the Women of Seminole Gaming networking group. She’s also part of the Southern Development Committee for Global Gaming Women and serves on the board of Junior Achievement of South Florida.

Helen MacMillan Helen MacMillan is the Founder & Principal Advisor for All-In Gaming & Hospitality Group Inc. and a Founder and Partner of Play the Field. An experienced leader and highly driven professional, she is known for bringing people and ideas together, inspiring creative thinking and cutting-edge approaches to doing business. Throughout her more than 25-year career, Helen has worked in various industries including; gaming and hospitality, economic development, advertising and client services, public relations, automotive and fashion. During her casino industry career, working across Canada, she has had influential involvement in all areas of the corporate structure including facility operations and management, marketing, finance, security and compliance, government relations, human resources, and labour relations. Helen is a sought-after public speaker and coach. Through All-In, an innovative consultant group, Helen advises clients on many topics including organizational culture, customer-centric strategies, women in leadership, social responsibility and customer loyalty programs – to name a few. She is a founding partner of Play the Field, an enterprise solution, created to help casinos to attract and retain qualified new customers. Helen also established The Women of Canadian Gaming in 2016 to provide women with a forum to support and celebrate successes in their various roles within the industry.