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US – Global Gaming Women chair Virginia McDowell inducted into Mississippi Hall of Fame

By - 15 March 2022

Global Gaming Women (GGW) founding board chair Virginia McDowell will be recognised as an Industry Influencer by The Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA) and as the first female inductee to the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame during the 2022 Southern Gaming Summit on May 5, 2022, at MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino located in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Named the 2009 “Gaming Executive of the Year” by Casino Journal Magazine, she has proven leadership in both regional and destination markets. She served as the only female president and chief executive officer of a top publicly-traded gaming operating company from 2007 until her retirement from Isle of Capri Casinos in April 2016. She now serves as a Non-Executive Director of Entain plc (LSE: ENT) where she chairs the Environmental, Social, and Governance Committee.  McDowell serves on the executive committee of GGW, which she co-founded in 2016; she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University, a trustee at HavenHouse St. Louis, and an advisory board member of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Her hard work has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Casino Marketing industry conference and as one of Casino Enterprise Management Magazine’s Great Women of Gaming.

GGW membership represents women in commercial, tribal, suppliers, lottery, tourism, and digital gaming, offering both in-person and digital programs in education and training, mentoring, Lean In Circles, and networking events.

GGW board chair and president Cassie Stratford, SVP of Legal Operations and Compliance at Boyd Gaming, commented on the honor. “Since the relaunch of GGW in 2016, Virginia has focused on obtaining the support and resources necessary to build the next generation of female leaders in the gaming industry. GGW has now grown to over 6000 members in 42 states and 12 countries, and on behalf of them, I am proud to congratulate her as she continues to break ground as the first woman inducted into the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame.”

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