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Belgium – Second Gender Diversity Scholarship announced for Executive Development Program

By - 19 June 2019

For the second year running, the European Casino Association (ECA), Clarion Gaming and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) continue their partnership with the Executive Development Program (EDP).

EDP is a prestigious gaming leadership course, for which the partners award a scholarship for an up-and-coming woman from the land-based casino industry in Europe. This initiative is part of the partners’ continuous effort to support and promote gender diversity in the casino industry, including the ECA’s Diversity and Inclusion for Career Enhancement Platform (DICE Europe).

The 29th EDP will take place from November 9 to 17 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. EDP itself is a partnership between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. Over the years, it has become a reference point for gaming executives wishing to take their careers to the next level. The aim is to build leadership and management skills and develop strategic thinking. It is a unique occasion to learn and share best practices with peers from around the world. This year, topics will touch on international issues, such as social impacts, online gaming, casino marketing, and new technologies.

The scholarship will cover the full program costs, including travel, accommodation, and the registration fee – with an overall value of more than USD 10,000. Four judges from the sponsoring organisations will examine the applications and reward an ambitious woman currently employed in the European land-based casino industry, interested in moving into a leadership position and furthering her professional education. The judges will be Tracy Cohen (Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers AGEM), Pauline Boyer Martin (representing ECA, after being selected for the 2018 scholarship), Kate Chambers (Clarion Gaming) and JoAnne Gipson (University of Nevada, Reno).

Per Jaldung, Chairman of the ECA and 2010 EDP graduate, commented: “We are proud to once again award a scholarship to an aspiring woman leader to take part in this outstanding programme. The diversity of topics covered, together with the high-level experts attending, makes this course an exceptional opportunity to develop the skills that will serve leaders to meet the future challenges and opportunities of the industry, while the international dimension allows for the exchange of ideas and best practices.”

Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute, said: “We simply love this initiative, as it expands leadership in ways that will generate benefits for years to come. Over the past years, EDP has become the world’s leading gaming executive development academy, and this effort helps show our leaders how to be leaders, of diverse and increasingly global teams.”

Tracy Cohen, Director of Europe, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), said: “We are delighted to once again partner with the ECA in supporting the Gender Diversity Scholarship. The importance of attracting women who are rising stars in the industry and providing opportunities for them to take their careers to the next level is something AGEM wholeheartedly supports.”

Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, added: “The Executive Development Program represents a fantastic opportunity for the nominated candidate to accelerate her career and prepare for a leadership role within this exceptional industry. The ECA should be commended for the commitment it has shown to the promotion of diversity, values that the entire team at Clarion Gaming endorse fully. I am personally honoured to have been invited on to the judging panel and I look forward to being able to contribute to what is an outstanding initiative.”

Caption: Per Jaldung

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