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Oct. 22, 2021

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UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Join Forces to Create Special Online Executive Development Program Experience in 2020

Happening November 15 - 21, 2020 and entitled "EDP Presents: All the Crises, All the Time," UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and UNR College of Business and Extended Studies will offer an essential leadership course to answer the toughest questions and find solutions to the unthinkable challenges faced in executive-level careers.

LAS VEGAS/RENO -- August 25, 2020 -- 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 COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, in what would have been the 30th anniversary of the traditional EDP, UNLV IGI and UNR have adapted to current events by offering an entirely online, spinoff EDP experience to better support their colleagues in the gaming industry. To make the program open to as many as possible, EDP Presents: All the Crises, All the Time is offered at a significantly reduced price point and is open to both EDP alumni and newcomers.

EDP Presents offers the same level of rigor and the same quality standards as the traditional program, but in the spirit of 2020, delivers actionable expertise in crisis management in its many forms: pandemics, natural disasters, cyberattacks, and other acts of force majeure.

"This ‘special edition’ of EDP emerged from brainstorms from our best champions: our EDPalums," says Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute and EDP Moderator. “They noted that while it is easy to say ‘nobody could have anticipated this pandemic,’ in reality it is our job as leaders to prepare for the unexpected. We can promise that attendees will graduate from EDP prepared for 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 inaugural EDP Presents class: Alan Feldman, Senior Advisor, MGM Resorts International; Distinguished Fellow, UNLV International Gaming Institute, and Holly Gagnon, President, HGC Hospitality Gaming Consulting; Distinguished Fellow, UNLV International Gaming Institute.

“I fell in love with EDP from the moment I first arrived,” said longtime industry CEO Holly Gagnon, “and I jumped at the chance to share my experiences leading gaming organizations and help contribute to the unique culture it has created, and the culture it infuses in its attendees, who go on to lead the world of gaming.” 

For more information, please visit the EDP Presents program website: bit.ly/EDPPresents2020

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.