Women Growing in Numbers in Gaming Industry

Reported by: Sarah Duffey
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Updated: 5/06 7:18 pm
There are more women entering the world of gaming than ever before. With more than 1,000 members, the Global Gaming Women Initiative is encouraging women to get into the business to up their game. Holly Gagnon is the President and C.E.O. of Pearl River Resorts. She manages three casinos, two golf courses, and a water park, along with a family. Many women look at her and think she has it all, but she says that’s far from true.

Gagnon says, "That you can have it all... I think that’s a big lie. I think everyone needs to redefine what “all” is and they have to pick their own journey. There is no canned formula for success and success should be self-defined." Gagnon gave that advice and more along with four other panelists at the 3rd Annual Global Gaming Women Luncheon. Gagnon also says, "And if your passion is raising children or volunteering, that is success. It’s about what it is you want out of life and how you make it balanced."

The Director of Finance at Harrah's Gulf Coast, Debbie Biggs, says as long as women work hard, nothing should hold them back from being successful. Biggs says, "I just found it necessary to be hard working and organized, and so I haven’t really encountered barriers that I felt were because I was a woman.” According to the keynote speaker and the Vice President of Treasure Bay Gaming and Resorts, Susan Varnes, there is no better time than now for women to get involved in the gaming industry. Varnes says, "It’s emerging in markets all over the country now, also because there are so many different positions in gaming you can go into."

Each women on Tuesday's panel agreed that even though keeping a balance between career and family is important, it’s essential to remember to take care of yourself. The Southern Gaming Summit will continue to hold events over rest of the week. Tuesday night is the welcome reception at the Golden Nugget from 6 to 9 p.m.




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