GGW G2E Educational Track Agenda: "The Power of Entertainment"

9 - 9:45 a.m.

The Power of Networking for Game-Changing Career Growth
Roberta Perry, Sr. Vice President Business Development, Edwards Technologies, Inc. and President, Roberta Perry & Associates 

Roberta Perry, Sr. Vice President Business Development, Edwards Technologies, Inc. and President, Roberta Perry & Associates, will share why the end goal of networking is not collecting the most connections, but making the right moves to make meaningful connections that will last a lifetime.  Kick-off your morning with super-charged interactive workshop that will give new meaning to the networking hustle.

10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Phyllis Gilland, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, American Casino & Entertainment Properties, LLC & Executive Chairwoman, Global Gaming Women

10 - 11 a.m.

The Power of People: Putting Together a Winning Cast!
Today’s workforce is radically different and has higher expectations than ever before.  They’re socially savvy, connected on mobile at all times, and expect the same “on demand” access they have in their personal life at work. How do you recruit the best of this new breed? 

  • Learn to differentiate the good candidates from the great candidates; and
  • Gain insights from industry power players on the most effective strategies to recruit, hire and retain top-caliber talent in today’s uber-competitive business environment.

Jennifer Martinez, Vice President - HR, Scientific Games


  • Bobbi Tailor-Jepson, Group General Manager - Talent & Capability, Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
  • Ken Janssen, Corporate Vice President, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and Training, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Mary Choi Kelly, SVP of Talent & Organization Effectiveness, MGM Resorts International
  • Phyllis Gilland, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, American Casino Entertainment
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Hey, Look Over Here! 

The Power of Innovation Through Disruptive Technology
The race for innovation is re-shaping the landscape of the gaming industry. This engaging session is designed to inspire open dialogue around the effects of technology in the gaming industry and how harnessing its power is critical to survival and growth.

  • Broaden your perspective as industry thought leaders share their personal perspectives on tech and its advances; and
  • Understand how constantly evolving technology is being leveraged within the gaming industry.

Sheila Bangalore, Associate General Counsel, Aristocrat Technologies


  • Luisa Woods, Vice President, Online and Internet Marketing, Tropicana Entertainment, Inc.
  • Michelle Pena, Vice President - Gaming Technology, Caesars Entertainment
  • Carol Thompson, Vice President & General Manager, Green Valley Ranch
  • Elena Shampaner, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Pinnacle Entertainment
  • 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Using Your Super Powers: The Power of Not Standing Still

Speaker: Lou Taylor, President, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group

Lou Taylor is too busy running her race to look around to see what everybody else is doing! For the last 25 years Lou Taylor has sat at the head of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, a primarily female 79-person staff, providing business management services to “A” list Actors, Entertainers and Athletes. Lou has built and created an environment where women could have the freedom to succeed without any limitation.  In today’s speech Lou opens up about the opportunities and challenges professional women in a male dominated industry face. She addresses her triumphs and failures as well as tips and strategies on what it takes to succeed; and being able to use your super powers for good. 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Power of Your Personal Brand
Ann Simmons Nicholson, CEO & President, Simmons Group 
Do you know what it takes to set you apart? Your personal brand is your best asset, but many women struggle with the balance of projecting their personal greatness, while being a team player. Through this high- energy interactive session, Ann will share with the audience with an honest view of current industry trends and how to navigate change. Through live scenarios, Ann will show you how to identify opportunities for building your personal brand, and finding the one that is right for you.

  • Plan and negotiate for exactly what you want;
  • Improve your self-outlook, starting right now;
  • Communicate to energize yourself and everyone around you; and
  • Promote yourself like the powerful professional you are!
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Bring on the Female Super Heroes! 
In this session, panelists, which include GGW leadership conference graduates and subject matter experts, will share experiences which make their insights valuable in their respective fields.  Through our speakers, you will learn about challenges they have encountered and overcome, along with practical tips and strategies to become more confident and proactive in your own dealings within the industry.

  • Navigating Legal for Everyday Business
  • Navigating Finance: How to Read a Balance Sheet and Knowing Your Numbers
  • Navigating Market Growth: Knowing Your Industry and Where it is Going
  • Navigating Compliance before Commerce: A View from the Regulatory Perspective

Jacqueline Hunter, Director - Technical Compliance, SG Gaming


  • Julie Lim, Executive Vice President of Payments and Chief Legal Officer, Everi 
  • Cassie Stratford, Vice President - Legal, Boyd Gaming Corporation
  • Connie Purcell James, Chief Financial Officer of Global Land-based Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies
  • Karen Sierra-Hughes, Director – Latin America GR, Gaming Laboratories International
  • Cheryl Alonzo, Assistant Deputy Director of Compliance, Missouri Gaming Commission
4:45 - 5 p.m.

Closing Thoughts, Key Takeaways & Open Forum

Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, GLI
Tina M. Kilmer P.E., Vice President of Product Compliance, Scientific Games