Tuesday, October 15, 2019

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Veronese 2402

Title: Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change


  • Roberta Perry, President, Roberta Perry and Associates


  • Sandra Douglass-Morgan Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Wynn Resorts
  • Mary Beth Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Affinity Gaming

A favorite of G2E attendees, this panel of C-suite executives gives a distinctly female perspective on the global gaming industry. This year’s panel features powerful women who are effecting powerful change in evolving times at their organizations.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Veronese 2402

Title: How did you do that and Why Not? How to get out of your own way.


  • Tina Kilmer, Senior Director of Engineering, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC


  • Jennifer Roberts Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV
  • Paul Speirs-Hernandez, President, Steinbeck Communications
  • Julie Hakman, President and CEO, AmericanChecked Inc
  • Jean Venneman, Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming Arts, LLC

Dare to lead. It can be easier said than done, particularly when you feel you don’t yet have the necessary skillsets. This panel of leadership experts will discuss the what’s, how’s, and why’s of their leadership experience, and how sometimes the most important skill is to know when to get out of your own way. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Veronese 2402


  • Ann Simmons Nicholson – CEO / President, Simmons Group

Title: “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Change is a part of life. And even though we know that, change can still be hard to accept and to work through. This highly interactive session will present case studies and counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields that address conflicts with the rational mind v. the emotional mind, and how we can effect transformative change to overcome and succeed.  The book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” is the foundation of this session.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Veronese 2402

Breaking Out of Your Lane:  People Who’ve Proven Everything is Possible 


  • Lauralyn McCarthy-Sandoval, Vice President New Markets, Aristocrat


  • Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, President of Global Gaming Development, MGM Resorts International
  • Patricia Becker, President, Becker & Associates
  • Elaine A. Hodgson, President & CEO, Incredible Technologies
  • Pat Ramsey, Member Board of Directors Aristocrat Technologies

 What should you do when the role you want and the skills you have don’t seem to align?   First, take a hard look, because maybe they do!  The real question may be how to position yourself as a multi-faceted and broadly-knowledgably business executive, rather than a skilled but one-dimensional contributor.  This session features a powerful group of exceptional leaders that have pivoted from seemingly unrelated fields to reach the highest executive levels in gaming.   Hear their stories about earning the role you want, even if it seems entirely unrelated to your current position.