UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program Launches Gender Diversity Scholarship

In an effort to promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, the European Casino Association, Clarion Gaming, and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers have teamed up with the Executive Development Program 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 the Executive Development Program—the gaming leadership boot camp held Nov. 10-18 in Lake Tahoe.

Currently in its 28th year, the Executive Development Program is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute and the UNR 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 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.

“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," Gaming Institute Executive Director Bo Bernhard said. "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.”

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