GGW Trailblazers
Presented by Sightline

We are told not to ask a question that we don’t know the answer to, out of fear of the unknown answer. However, in that advice lies missed opportunity for discovery, growth and connection. Trailblazers | Power of Questions fosters the curiosity and courage to ask questions and the strength and vulnerability to answer them. 

Monthly, Global Gaming Women will host a 40-minute webinar and invite a compelling woman trailblazer to provide her unique perspective to ten questions. Eight of the questions are always the same and two are selected by viewers’ vote. Overtime, we will collect a rich oral history of our trailblazers’ original perspectives on their exceptional journeys.


MARCH 18, 2021 • 1:00 PM PDT

Trailblazer: Diana Bennett

Diana Bennett • Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder
Paragon Gaming 

A second-generation casino operator, renowned philanthropist, and one of the most effective and respected executives in the gaming industry, Diana Bennett serves as Chairman of the Board and is the co-founder of Paragon Gaming, a developer and operator of gaming-based properties.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona who grew up in northern and southern Nevada, Ms. Bennett attended college at Arizona State University before beginning her hospitality career in Las Vegas, where she rose quickly from an entry-level to a management position at Flamingo Las Vegas. Ms. Bennett later joined her father, industry icon William Bennett, at Circus Circus Las Vegas, and, as an executive of Circus Circus Enterprises’ leadership team, she led the development and operation of several landmark gaming properties, including Luxor Las Vegas and Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

Following the formation of Paragon Gaming in 2000 and the acquisition of multiple properties in the United States and Canada, Ms. Bennett spearheaded development of the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, and led revitalization efforts at Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel. The successful turnaround at the legacy resort can be credited to Ms. Bennett’s philosophy of the “circle of service,” which empowers employees to address issues of concern without the burden of bureaucracy, forming a personal connection with the customer and ensuring a positive experience at every level of the organization. Under Ms. Bennett’s stewardship, Paragon expanded further, assuming operations at Westgate Las Vegas and the Hooters Casino-Hotel, acquiring the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, and developing Parq Vancouver in the heart of that city’s thriving entertainment district.

As President of the Bennett Family Foundation, Ms. Bennett has become one of Southern Nevada’s most recognized philanthropists, inspiring employees and leading charitable efforts from Paragon’s gaming properties and the foundation to support youth and women’s organizations, educational and health initiatives, and the arts; including Three Square Food Bank, Noah’s Animal House at the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter, Communities in Schools of Nevada, Child Focus, and The Children’s Heart Foundation. She is the Chairman  for the UNLV Foundation and has a fellowship in her name at the University, and sits on the board of Noah’s Animal House. Ms. Bennett has also been recognized as one of the Outstanding Women of Nevada since 1994, and in 2007 was named as one of the Top Ten Great Women of Gaming in the United States. In 2011, Ms. Bennett received the industry’s highest honor with her induction into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was honored by Ellis Island for their medal of honor.
Katie Lever


Chief Legal Counsel • GGW Board Member

Katie Lever has been Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel to some of the gaming industry’s most influential operators and suppliers. In these roles, she’s navigated cutting edge legal, risk management, and regulatory challenges during these organizations’ greatest formative times, found creative solutions to complex corporate and strategic requirements against unforgiving timelines, and collaborated across corporate functions and across the globe, while cementing the trust of her teams, colleagues and Boards. She was the first woman Executive Vice President during her tenure at Scientific Games and its acquired entities, Bally Technology and SFHL entertainment, as well as in her position at Global Cash Access.  Recently, in her roles as Chief Legal Officer at Drew Las Vegas and General Counsel & EVP at Baha Mar, she created the foundational structure for the legal, regulatory and compliance functions for these integrated resort destinations. She has brought together her experience in FinTech, corporate law, and risk management as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the GBank Financial Holdings Inc., one of the top-rated community banks in the country.