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.

NOVEMBER 19, 2020 • 1:00 PM PDT

Trailblazer: Erika Nardini

CEO • Barstool Sports

Erika Nardini is Barstool Sports' first CEO. During her tenure, the company has experienced explosive brand and business growth as one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands on the internet, currently owning the 18-34-year-old demographic and generating revenues in excess of $100 million.

In July 2016, Erika Nardini beat out 74 men to become the CEO of Barstool Sports and has since grown the company from a regional brand to a national powerhouse. It is the 4th largest podcast platform in the world with the number 1 sports podcast and female podcast, and a top 10 distributed media company in the US. Today, Barstool Sports drives 2 billion social views, 98 million video views and 9.1 million listeners across its platforms.

In under 5 years, Nardini has launched over 35 brands, including breakout franchises in sports, entertainment, female lifestyle, business, and sports betting, and featuring such talent as Million Dollaz Worth of Game, Alexandra Cooper, and Deion Sanders. She also spearheaded the development of over 1500 social accounts, a top channel on SIRIUSXM and the #1 selling flavored vodka in North America, Pink Whitney.

In early 2020, Nardini spearheaded a strategic partnership with casino operator Penn National Gaming, valuing the company at $450 million. Together, Barstool Sports and Penn National Gaming launched the Barstool Sportsbook in September of 2020.

Prior to joining Barstool Sports, Nardini has held C-Suite and leading roles at media platforms such as Microsoft, AOL, Demand Media and Yahoo.

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.