GGW G2E Educational Track Agenda 2018


OCTOBER 8, 2018

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Power of Tech I: Suppliers' Perspectives in Leveraging Technology to Bring Added Value to Your Customers

Many businesses can be fearful of embracing new technologies, even when faced with hard facts about their benefits. This session will feature suppliers to the industry discussing several of the latest must-have technologies, how they can bring added value, and how to courageously move forward.

Moderator: Melissa Aarskaug, VP, Business Development , GLI

Cath Burns, Senior Vice President, Gaming Systems, Scientific Games
Siobhan Lane, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Gaming Operations , Aristocrat
Julia Boguslawski, Chief Marketing Officer & EVP of Investor Relations, AGS

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Casino Finance: The Evolution of Casino Finance for the Modern Business

Finance isn't just for finance people – it's for all smart business leaders who understand the power that numbers bring to the conversation. This session will help attendees become more comfortable in their own numbers skin as well as explain current market trends, finances technologies, and must-know finance jargon.

Moderator Nikki Etherington, Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte

Sandra Beaver, Chief Financial Officer, IGT
John Eder, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Seminoles
Kelly Litster, Senior Vice President , MGM Resorts International

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Power of Tech II - A Casino Operator's Perspectives on How to Capture, Maintain and Grow Revenue as Technology Changes

It's this simple – data is money. In today's business world, if you're not using data, you're not making money. So how can operators take full advantage of their data and of modern technologies without compromising data integrity or security? This session will explore the latest technologies, techniques, and best practices for using data and maintaining integrity.

Moderator Lorrie Bamford, Director of Compliance & In-House Counsel, Gaming Capital Group, LLC

Erica Kosemund, Senior Corporate Director, Marketing, Choctaw
Shonette Harrison Crew, Senior Corporate Director, Hollywood Casino
Sherry Pucci, General Manager, Caesars Entertainment

 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

How a Diverse Workforce Reinvigorates Your Team

Diversity is a common buzzword in business today. So what does it really mean, and how can diversifying your workforce impact your teams – your corporate team, departmental teams, and employee team performance. This session will provide clarity of definition and mission that move diversity from buzzword to actionable benefit.

Moderator: Kat Anderson

Phyllis James, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer, MGM Resorts International
Christie Roser, Chief Human Resources Officer, Aristocrat
Paula Eylar-Lauzon, SVP, Boyd Gaming

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Leadership Traits of C-Suite Execs

Stephen Covey spoke of the seven habits of successful leaders. So which of these habits and other traits are most common in the C-suites throughout today's gaming industry? This session will explore those traits and outline the characteristics attendees should embrace, as put forth by a panel who has achieved C-suite success using those habits and traits.

Moderator Cassie Stratford, Vice President of Legal Affairs & Assistant General Counsel, Boyd Gaming

Julie Cameron-Doe, Chief Financial Officer, Aristocrat
Ann Hoff, President and COO, Excalibur
Angela Heikes, President/CEO, SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel & Little Six Casino)
Becky Harris, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Mentoring Matters: The Why, The How, and the Affected

Mentoring is the core pillar of GGW's mission. Simply put, mentoring matters. This session will explore why it matters, how best to mentor, and its effect on those who mentor and who are mentored.


Ann Simmons-NicholsonPresident & CEO, The Simmons Group