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Global Gaming Women Announces Cassie Stratford as New President

Five new members also join board of directors

LAS VEGAS, August 5, 2021 – Global Gaming Women (GGW) is pleased to announce Cassie Stratford has been elected as the incoming board president by the Board of Directors to begin her term effective July 2021. She currently serves as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming Corporation. 

GGW is also pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its board members for 2021-23: Dorothy Costa, senior vice president of people and transformation, IGT; Jacqueline Grace, senior vice president, and general manager, Caesars Entertainment; Grainne Hurst, director corporate affairs, Entain Group; Siobhan Lane, chief commercial officer, Scientific Games; and Kate White, vice president of business intelligence and IT program management, Penn National Gaming. For a complete list of members, please click HERE.  

Stratford said, “GGW has become what it is today because of the dedication of its founding board members and sponsors in supporting and encouraging the professional advancement of women in gaming.  It is such an exciting time for our industry, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this impressive group of leaders to continue to advance GGW’s important mission.”   

“Thank you to the dedication of our Board members and the generosity of our sponsors, GGW is stronger than ever,” said Christie Eickelman, GGW past board president, and Vice President of Global Marketing for Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®). “Women around the world have benefitted from Global Gaming Women, and we still have work to do. I am thrilled for Cassie to assume the mantle of leadership, to build on our achievements, and to take women in gaming to new heights.” 

GGW membership represents women in commercial, tribal, suppliers, lottery, tourism, and digital, and the organization currently has more than 6,000 professional women as members. GGW has a presence in 42 states and 12 countries with members in job level categories of 21 percent front line leaders, 30 percent supervisors and managers, 25 percent directors, and 25 percent vice president or above. In addition to its traditional offerings, development programs now include Lean-In circles and virtual masterclasses.

 For more information about Global Gaming Women and its upcoming programming and events visit www.globalgamingwomen.org or call +1 (702) 492-5320. 

About Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women (GGW) supports, inspires, and influences the development of women in the Gaming industry. GGW brings together women from all segments of gaming to enrich their professional and personal lives. Established by the American Gaming Association to create a broad network that allows peers to connect with their colleagues, GGW's goal is for female gaming professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections and nurture emerging women leaders. In 2016, Global Gaming Women launched as an independent charitable organization to deliver high-impact programs and events on a global scale that support, inspire, and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industry. Follow GGW on LinkedIn,InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Media Contact:
Kelly Hatch
Association Director, Global Gaming Women
+1 (702) 492-5320  
[email protected] 


 

September 25, 2019

Global Gaming Women to Present Series of Strong, Insightful Panels During G2E 

G2E Educational scholarship applications also available at globalgamingwomen.org

 LAS VEGAS (September 25, 2019) – Global Gaming Women (GGW) will shine a bright spotlight on leadership in a series of informative panels at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E). This year, GGW’s educational track is fully integrated into G2E’s primary Educational Track programming, allowing for more attendees to learn from GGW’s robust roster of experienced panelists.

 GGW Vice President and Co-chair of the Programming Committee Cassie Stratford said, “We are thrilled to present a diverse roster of leaders and experts to speak to G2E attendees. Education is a vital pillar of our work at Global Gaming Women, and we are excited to continue that mission at G2E, with four unique panels that will help inspire attendees – women and men – to find the courage to lead.”

 First, on Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m., Roberta Perry, President of Roberta Perry and Associates will lead the attendee-favorite discussion, “Powerful Women Affecting Powerful Change.” The members of this C-suite panel represent the industry spectrum of regulators, suppliers, and operators who will give a distinctly female perspective on the global gaming industry. Scheduled to appear are Sandra Douglass-Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board; Mary Beth Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Affinity Gaming; Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Ellen F. Whittemore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Wynn Resorts.

Next at 2:00 p.m., Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI) Senior Director of Engineering Tina Kilmer will lead the discussion, “How Did You Do That and Why Not? How to Get out of Your own Way.” Leadership can be easier said than done, and panelists will have a frank and interactive discussion about the what’s, how’s, and why’s of their leadership experience. Slated to appear are Julie Hakman, President and CEO, AmericanChecked Inc.; Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV; Paul Speirs-Hernandez, President, Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute; and Jean Venneman, Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming Arts, LLC.

GGW’s sessions continue Wednesday, October 16. At 1:30 p.m. is CEO/President of the Simmons Group Ann Simmons Nicholson conducting a highly interactive session on the topic, “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath. Case studies and counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields will lend insight into why we are challenged by change, and how to meet those challenges head-on.

 At 2:30 p.m., Aristocrat’s Vice President of New Markets Lauralyn McCarthy-Sandoval will lead the discussion, “Breaking Out of Your Lane:  People Who’ve Proven Everything is Possible.” Slated to appear are former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who is now President of Global Gaming Development, MGM Resorts International; Patricia Becker, President, Becker & Associates; Elaine A. Hodgson, President & CEO, Incredible Technologies; and Pat Ramsey, Member, Board of Directors for Aristocrat Technologies. The group will discuss how they successfully pivoted from seemingly unrelated fields to reach the highest executive levels in gaming. 

GGW is also offering G2E Educational Scholarships. Applications are available now at  GlobalgamingWomen.org. The deadline for submission is rapidly approaching, and attendees are encouraged to submit their applications today.

 About Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women (GGW) supports, inspires, and influences the development of women in the Gaming industry. GGW brings together women from all segments of gaming to enrich their professional and personal lives. Established by the American Gaming Association to create a broad network that allows peers to connect with their colleagues, GGW’s goal is for female gaming professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections and nurture emerging women leaders. In 2016, Global Gaming Women launched as an independent charitable organization to deliver high impact programs and events on a global scale that support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industry. Visit globalgamingwomen.org for more information.

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NEW BOARD PRESIDENT, CHRISTIE EICKELMAN, AUGUST 2019

Global Gaming Women Names GLI’s Christie Eickelman its New President

 LAS VEGAS (August 6, 2019) – Global Gaming Women (GGW) has named Christie Eickelman its new President of its Board of Directors. Eickelman is Vice President of Global Marketing at Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) and will serve as GGW’s Board President for a two-year term.

Eickelman takes the place of Phyllis A. Gilland, SVP & General Counsel at Golden Entertainment, who served as GGW’s president for the past two years. She said, “I am very proud of the number of women GGW has been able to reach out to and affect through the GGW educational and event opportunities GGW has  provided, and of how we have grown GGW’s presence and structure. I’ve grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the past and present Board members whose continued support is so important to mission of organization.”

Eickelman was one of the founding members on the Global Gaming Women Board. Previously she served as Vice President & co-chair of the Events Committee. She said as President her primary goal will be to ensure the financial future of the organization.

“Global Gaming Women has a strong mission statement, and our guiding principles of courage, integrity, and leadership continue to inspire our Board and the women we serve. We are grateful to the many companies and individuals who back GGW, and as we broaden our donor structure, we will ensure we will have the resources necessary to support the development of women at all levels throughout the industry,” Eickelman said.

Giving back to her community is a passion for Eickelman. She is a member of the Andson Foundation Board and on the Executive Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association-Go Red for Women Luncheon of Southern Nevada. Recently the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association honored her contributions to the Indian Gaming Industry with the 2019 OIGA Modern Day Warrior Award.

Eickelman has been blazing a trail for women to follow in the gaming industry since 1992, first serving as Marketing Manager for Sodak Gaming Inc. and at Wolf Gaming LLC as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. She joined GLI in 1999 as Marketing Manager, shaping GLI’s brand in North America. In 2001, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and Development, overseeing the North American development team in their daily responsibilities. In June 2007, she was promoted to Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing, and in September 2012, she was promoted to Vice President.

As GLI’s VP of Global Marketing, she directs and implements all marketing programs for GLI’s worldwide locations and for the GLI Group of companies. Her responsibilities include building the corporate brand and establishing and directing marketing functions in accordance with GLI’s policies, regulations and sound business practices.

In 2005, she was selected as a Great Woman in Gaming by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and in 2008, Global Gaming Business magazine named her one of the 25 People to Watch in Gaming.

About Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women (GGW) supports, inspires and influences the development of women in the Gaming industry. GGW brings together women from all segments of gaming in an effort to enrich their professional and personal lives. Established by the American Gaming Association to create a broad network that allows peers to connect with their colleagues, GGW’s goal is for female gaming professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections and nurture emerging women leaders. In 2016, Global Gaming Women launched as an independent charitable organization to deliver high impact programs and events on a global scale that support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industry. Visit GlobalGamingWomen.org for more information.

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Contact:

Felicia Gassen, Executive Director
[email protected]

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