UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program Announces Launch of Gender Diversity Scholarship and Cross-Atlantic Partnership with European Casino Association

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Aug. 9, 2018

In an effort to promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, the European Casino Association (ECA), Clarion Gaming, and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) have teamed up with the thought leaders behind the Executive Development Program (EDP) to offer the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship; together, the organizations will award one aspiring female gaming executive a full-ride scholarship to EDP—the prestigious gaming leadership “boot camp,” happening November 10-18 in Lake Tahoe, NV.

Currently in its 28th year, EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas, reconsider their leadership strategies, and network with other gaming professionals from around the globe.

By creating and awarding this scholarship to an aspiring female executive, these partners in gaming are demonstrating their support of industry diversity. The recent scholarship announcement coincides with the publication of an academic paper from UNLV IGI researchers Toni Repetti and Shekinah Hoffman. The full paper, which examines gender disparity in both commercial and Native American casinos in the United States, shows a significant gap in women’s leadership roles in casinos—particularly in departments like maintenance, IT, security, operations, and food and beverage.

UNLV IGI’s executive director Bo Bernhard says, “It’s research like this, funded by IGI research fellowships, that demonstrates our commitment to an inclusive leadership future. It also points to the significance of EDP in helping hundreds of female leaders achieve their career goals. The EDP team is proud to work with Clarion, the ECA, and AGEM on this important global conversation about the importance of diversity of thought in an increasingly diverse and globalizing gaming world.”

Kate Chambers, managing director of Clarion Gaming, commented, “This is a really exciting development and one that is just so important for the industry. Through our events, we have featured educational initiatives on diversity and inclusion that support, inspire, and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industries – so I am proud of the fact that we can support the first ever Gender Diversity Scholarship with our friends at EDP, ECA and AGEM.”

Marcus Prater, executive director of AGEM adds, "AGEM enthusiastically endorses the annual EDP event in Nevada and has been a generous supporter for many years. We are very pleased to partner with the ECA so that its broad membership is further exposed to EDP and its many benefits and that one deserving individual can attend via AGEM’s scholarship support.”

Further illustrating their commitment to diversity of thought and leadership, EDP and the ECA have announced an additional partnership that emphasizes EDP as a think tank and resource center for the global gaming industry. To highlight this partnership, a new topic focus on this year’s EDP agenda is the land-based casino industry in Europe—as well as other internationally relevant themes such as women in leadership, safety and security, responsible gambling, and corporate social responsibility. Collaborating with a diverse mix of multidisciplinary professionals, attendees will learn about global best practices and how to regionally implement them for the growth and longevity of the industry—exemplifying the importance of both executive education and thinking globally by acting locally.

Per Jaldung, chairman of the ECA and 2010 EDP graduate, will be a speaker in the 2018 EDP lineup. Jaldung says, “Two years after being appointed as CEO of Casino Cosmopol, I felt I needed to broaden my knowledge, extend my network, and be inspired by the best in the business to be able to take the next step in my new position. EDP was the right program! The ECA is delighted to cooperate with such prestigious and experienced partners and provide this outstanding professional education and scholarship opportunity to an up-and-coming female talent from the European casino industry.”

To be eligible for the Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship, women who are employed by a direct or indirect member of the ECA should show ambition for holding a leadership position in gaming and a desire to further their professional education; the scholarship will cover the recipient's travel, accommodation, and the program registration fee—a more than $10,000 value. Visit the ECA Gender Diversity Initiative webpage to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, or visit the EDP website to learn more about the program.

About UNLV 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 global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity and community outreach through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES), which gives high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides.

About the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is the world’s premier provider of gaming management education, offering opportunities for professional development through its certificate program, management programs and seminars, and international executive development program. In addition to our programs located in Reno, they also offer courses customized to industry casino and organization needs, using practical application and methods designed by industry experts, brought to your location, reducing expenses and increasing attendance. Visit www.gaming.unr.edu.

About the European Casino Association

The European Casino Association (ECA) represents licensed land-based casinos in Europe, with 28 members and over 70,000 direct employees supporting local economies across Europe. It has members from nearly all EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. The main purpose and objective of the ECA is to address and promote issues related to casinos and promote the positive contribution of the industry. To find out more about the ECA, please click here.

About Clarion Gaming

Part of the leading international intelligence and experience provider Clarion Events, Clarion Gaming apply great chemistry to everything we do covering an events portfolio which includes ICE London and iGB Live!, print and digital publishing brands, iGaming Business and TotallyGaming.com and encompassing our dedicated training and development brand the Totally Gaming Academy. Gaming is a global business and we have developed a joined up global strategy to help our customers meet their commercial and strategic objectives throughout the world. Visit https://www.clariongaming.com.

About Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit www.AGEM.org.

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