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Leading Las Vegas

Leading Las Vegas is a podcast produced by the Emergency and Crisis Management Master’s Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Each season, students in a "Leadership, Innovation and Adaptability" class interview prominent leaders who discuss their leadership approaches, and how they prepare for, respond to, and recover from, shocks and stresses faced by the community.

About Leading Las Vegas

Leading Las Vegas focuses on issues relevant to managing emergencies and crises, as well as community resilience. It’s a must-listen for emergency managers, leaders, community members, and students interested in the field of emergency crisis management.

Season 1

Season 1 of Leading Las Vegas focuses on tourist safety. Tourism is an integral part of Las Vegas, with over 42 million people visiting the city every year. Large-scale events from shows at hotel properties, music festivals, to high-profile sporting events, occur on a nightly basis, along with conventions that can draw well over 100,000 attendees. Different agencies work together in the community to plan for these events and respond when safety threats occur.

In this season, we discuss issues of event planning, current and future threats, as well as community resilience. Las Vegas was also the site of the October 1, 2017 Route 91 Music Festival shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The season contains an episode focused on the shooting, and conversations with the leaders involved with the security planning and response to the attack, and an interview with Las Vegas mayor, Carolyn Goodman, who discusses the city’s resilience.

Episodes

  • Mar. 18, 2021
    What creates a resilient community?  We explore the issue of community resilience with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Tom Perrigo, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Las Vegas, and Jonathan Ullman, President of the Mob Museum, as well as several other city leaders.  Based on their experiences managing responses to emergencies and crises in Las Vegas, they discuss how...
  • Mar. 18, 2021
    What threats currently face Las Vegas, and what are leaders preparing for, in terms of future challenges?  We discuss this issue with George Togliatti, Director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Carolyn Levering, the Emergency Manager for the City of Las Vegas, and Captain Dori Koren of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) who is in charge of the Convention Area...
  • Mar. 18, 2021
    Two experts in crowd management, Sgt. Timothy Frederick from the Events Planning Section of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), and Dr. Tamara D. Herold, the Director of Crowd Management Research Council at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discuss crowd safety and the many factors involved with planning large-scale events. Our conversation covers everything from basic security...
  • Mar. 18, 2021
    The October 1st, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. In this episode, we speak with the Incident Commander, Captain John Pelletier, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), and Rachel Skidmore, the Emergency Manager for the LVMPD, who discuss their leadership response to the attack. They provide insights into what was...