WASHINGTON – Global Gaming Women (GGW) today announced the official launch of Global Gaming Network (GGN)—a first-of-its-kind online mentoring network designed to connect women professionals in the international gaming industry. This latest resource provided by GGW can be accessed at GlobalGamingNetwork.org and was developed in conjunction with SHFL entertainment, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the gaming industry.
“On behalf of the GGW board, we are extremely excited to announce the launch of Global Gaming Network,” said Patti Hart, GGW co-chair and CEO of International Game Technology. “Now all women in our industry—regardless of where in the world they live or work—can enhance their careers through an innovative use of technology that will connect them to other professionals.”
GGN allows women from all levels of the gaming entertainment industry to identify and connect with potential mentors to share their advice, experience and best practices. From up-and-coming gaming professionals to seasoned executives, GGN members can create a personal profile and individualize their search criteria—much like popular online dating websites—to connect with potential “mentor matches” from throughout the international gaming entertainment industry. The resource is free to use and open to all women with more than one year of work experience in the gaming industry. Five years of experience, in either gaming or general business, are required in order to become a mentor.
“My career was certainly invigorated with the help of strong mentorships, so I’m very happy to see that this important resource can now help many other women in gaming do the same,” said Virginia McDowell, president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. and GGW co-chair. “I want to thank Katie Lever and her team at SHFL entertainment for helping make this site possible. In an industry as global and geographically diverse as ours, this resource opens doors to relationships that would otherwise be unavailable.”
“On behalf of the entire team at SHFL entertainment, we are proud to have helped develop this groundbreaking tool,” said Katie Lever, executive vice president and general counsel for SHFL. “Mentoring has been very important to me throughout my career, and I envision Global Gaming Network being able to create similarly valuable relationships for so many others.”
Global Gaming Network was unveiled during a breakfast event at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2013. G2E is the premier trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment industry and is being held Sept. 23-26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
GGW launched at G2E in 2011 and was created by the American Gaming Association (AGA) to nurture female leaders in the international gaming industry. The initiative is an ongoing effort to foster stronger relationships between top female executives, as well as between executives and promising managers in the industry. More information on GGW can be found atGlobalGamingWomen.org and on G2E at www.globalgamingexpo.com.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the national trade association for the commercial casino industry. In addition to representing the interests of its members on federal legislative and regulatory issues, the AGA serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.