EDP Presents - Head Up: Elevating Leadership in the 2021 Landscape
Oct. 22, 2021


Happening December 5 - 11, 2021 and entitled "Head Up: Elevating Leadership in the 2021 Landscape," UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and UNR College of Business and Extended Studies will offer an essential leadership course to help global gaming industry leaders to rebound from crisis and lead with optimism and hope.

LAS VEGAS/RENO – October 1, 2021 -- The thought leaders behind the original Executive Development Program (EDP) – the world’s most esteemed leadership "boot camp" for rising star executives in the casino industry – have pivoted their approach to executive education this year in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, hence providing easy access to a leadership community in need.

UNLV IGI and UNR are offering an entirely online EDP for our times. To make the program open to as many as possible, Head Up: Elevating Leadership in the 2021 Landscape is offered at a significantly reduced price point and is open to both EDP alumni and newcomers.

This program offers the same level of rigor and the same quality standards as the traditional program, but in the spirit of 2021, it delivers actionable expertise in leading with hope and optimism in a post-pandemic world.

"This ‘special edition’ of EDP emerged from brainstorms from our best champions: our EDP alumni, who now run operations and tech companies all over the world," says Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute and EDP Moderator. “They noted that we remain in a ‘post-traumatic’ period, and that leadership is particularly crucial during a time when things are still difficult. We can promise that attendees will graduate from EDP prepared to lead in all crises imaginable – and some they would never have imagined.”

Bernhard is joined in leading the program by renowned industry thought leaders and mentors to the second EDP Presents class: Alan Feldman, Distinguished Fellow, UNLV International Gaming Institute; Longtime Gaming Executive, MGM Resorts International; and Holly Gagnon, President, HGC Hospitality Gaming Consulting; Distinguished Fellow, UNLV International Gaming Institute; Chairperson, Artemis Strategic Investment Corp.

For more information, please visit the EDP Presents program website: bit.ly/EDPPresents

About UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program

The only program of its kind in the world, the Executive Development Program is a week-long intensive course examining key issues in the gaming industry: sustaining competitive advantage, responding to political uncertainties, managing organizational change, developing strategic alliances and adapting to the rules of a new playing field in the continually evolving gaming industry. EDP is taught by industry experts who position participants to meet to current and future challenges and opportunities for their gaming organizations. In the past 30 years, the program has graduated more than 1,500 executives and senior managers from gaming companies and regulatory agencies worldwide. Visit gaming.unr.edu/edp.

About University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute

For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the gaming industry. Described as the “global intellectual capital of gaming” by former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and “The Harvard of Gaming” by Global Gaming Business, IGI houses several excellence initiatives, including the Center for Gaming Innovation, the International Center for Gaming Regulation, the Expanding the Leaderverse initiative, and the Hospitality & Esports Innovation Lab. Each of these addresses a vital need in the global gaming industry, for which the IGI serves as an answer center populated by an internationally recognized dream team of contributors. For more information, please visit igi.unlv.edu.

About University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno provides professional development short courses and certificate programs taught by experts in their fields. It also designs customized, on-site training for organizations and businesses of all sizes. Curriculum changes to respond to current industry trends to provide students the skills for immediate, real-world application. Visit extendedstudies.unr.edu.

About University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

Founded in 1956, the UNR College of Business is the premier provider of business education in the region, preparing students to become competitive, ethical and innovative business professionals in order to drive economic development and improve quality of life for all citizens of the State of Nevada. Courses are taught by expert faculty and staff with years of industry, research and academic experience who take pride in preparing the next generation to be leaders and innovators in business. Visit unr.edu/business.