• 09-AUG-2018

Wynn Resorts Holds Second Women's Leadership Forum

LAS VEGAS (August 9, 2018) – Wynn Resorts recently held its second Women’s Leadership Forum, an empowering event series that brings together female leaders who have trail blazed advancements for women in the workplace. Themed “Women Who Thrive,” the Forum featured four Las Vegas-based women who hold high-ranking positions, and have achieved important “firsts” in their careers in industries historically dominated by men including law enforcement, transportation, college athletics, and casino management. Panelists included:
  • Captain Kelly McMahill with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a pioneer in creating and implementing groundbreaking reforms related to the use of deadly force by officers that are now counted as best practices around the country.
  • Desiree Reed-Francois, Director of Athletics at UNLV, the first Hispanic female and woman of color athletics director at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, who has ushered in a cultural sea change resulting in the highest cumulative GPA among student athletes in the history of UNLV.
  • Tina Quigley, General Manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, who for decades has overseen the planning and construction of transportation projects that have turned Las Vegas into an efficient and commutable city for millions of residents and tourists.
  • Renee West, the first woman to hold the title of President and Chief Operating Officer on the Las Vegas Strip, who during her time as a leader with MGM Resorts International was responsible for every operational aspect of major resorts including Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Luxor, and more.
The Forum took place on August 8th at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, and was moderated by two of Wynn’s top female executives: Chris Flatt, EVP of Hotel Sales and Marketing, and Stacie Michaels, SVP and General Counsel. The event was open to all employees of Wynn Las Vegas and live streamed to employees in Boston and Macau. Key topics discussed included:
  • Recognizing unconscious and cultural biases and how to overcome them
  • Facing challenges with embracing diversity in the workplace and the power of inclusion
  • How working outside of your comfort zone can lead to professional breakthroughs
  • Influencing and motivating others when working toward a common goal
  • Demonstrating respect and creating transparency when changing the status quo
The Wynn Resorts Women’s Leadership Forum was introduced in May 2018 to support an open dialogue amongst employees, discuss solutions that help close the gender gap in management, and provide career guidance for female employees at all levels. The theme of “Women Who Thrive” will continue with the next Forum installment taking place later this year.