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Panel Discussions

Get exclusive career insights from our previous event panels and catch up on the content from our career events you may have missed.

Consumer Trends

In a constantly changing world it is important to pivot and adapt. Hear from leaders who will provide strategic insight on what is changing in consumer behavior and how you can be prepared.

Tracee Nalwak

Chief Growth Officer

Russell Silvers

Chief Operating Officer at AEG

Tim Riester

Owner & CEO of Riester Ad Agency

Drew Dixon

VP of Entertainment Operations at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

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Lessons In Leadership

Hear this diverse panel uncover lessons learned throughout their expansive careers and how you can apply these powerful stories to your career.

How To Develop Your Career

When you’re ready for your next career step, you need to know what matters most to hiring managers. Hear from this panel of leaders on the things that can make you standout when looking for advancement.

Featured Speakers:

Ted Gover
Director of the CGU Tribal Program
Lance Ewing
VP of Enterprise Risk Management & Operations at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Jeanne Hardemion-Kemp
VP of Operational Administration at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Melanie Johnson
Director of Learning and Development at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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Building a Culture

One of the most common questions from candidates to hiring managers is, “what is the culture like?”. This panel will unpack everything that goes into building a team culture and what is required for sustainability.

Featured Speakers

David Lopez
CEO American Gaming Systems

Alexis Ginas
President of iHeart Media, Los Angeles Region

Kevin Tolliver
Director of Slot Operations, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

Scott Hager
VP of Table Games, Yaamava’; Resort & Casino at San Manuel

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The First 3 Years of Your Career

This panel is for anyone thinking about getting their foot in the door of the casino & hospitality industry or early in their career. The panel will discuss lessons learned, things they wish they knew early in their career and general tips to make the most out of your early years.

Featured Speakers
Lori Ware
SVP of Casino Finance, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

Chris Fava
VP of Food & Beverage, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

Chris Rellinger
VP of Strategic Marketing, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

Missy Stanisz
Director of Sports Wagering & Interactive Gaming, San Manuel Band of Indians

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Partnerships 101

To solve business challenges we have all are required to collaborate with experts outside of our field. This panel will take the deep dive on all things partnerships.

Featured Speakers

Corey Norkin
LA Dodgers VP of Global Partnerships
Gary Border
CEO of Marketing Results
Peter Arceo
GM of Yaamava’’ at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Matt Balvanz
SVP of Analytics and Innovation at Navigate

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Three Tips Series

Real stories and insights from professionals in the casino and hospitality industry.

14 Minutes

Three Tips to Effective Engagement

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino Chief Operating Officer Kenji Hall shares his top three tips to creating cohesive relationships by engaging your employees.

7 Minutes

Three Tips for Building a Successful Career Foundation

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Director of Talent Acquisition Jasmine Takeshita shares the most insightful tips she’s learned from interviewing entry level to senior candidates on how to create career success.

4 Minutes

Three Tips on How To Bring Your Leadership Skills Forward

Yaamava’’ Resort & Casino’s VP Enterprise Risk Management Lance Ewing shares three tips on bringing out the natural leader within you.

8 Minutes

Three Tips to Ward Off Hackers

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chief Information Security Officer Glenn Wilson shares his three tips on how to thwart hackers and keep information secure.

13 Minutes

Three Tips on Impactful Visual Communication

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s Director of Executive Communication Kyle Anderson shares his three tips on how to leverage visuals to create a more impactful, memorable message.

5 Minutes

Three Tips to Help You Continue to Provide Value to Your Team

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s VP Department of Public Safety Brandon Jones shares his three tips on how to keep providing value through the year no matter what department you work in.

Next Level Career Shows

Get industry insights with leaders from a wide variety of subjects ranging from hotels, athletics and more.

Joe Pulizzi | Founder of The Tilt, Best-Selling Author, Strategist and Content Entrepreneur

Joe is the authority on all things content marketing and helped coin the term in the early 2000’s. He found the Content Marketing Institute ,  The Tilt and has written several best-selling books on content marketing. In this interview we discuss the changing landscape of media, web 3.0 and more!

Dr. Bryan K. Williams | Keynote Speaker, Author & Consultant

Dr. Bryan K Williams strives to bring the best out of people through servant leadership. Bryan provides training and consulting expertise to hundreds of organizations across the globe, in over 20 industries ranging from Healthcare to Luxury Hotels.

Kenji Hall | COO of Gaming at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

With a career spanning over 30 years, Kenji has a passion for the casino & hospitality industry that is unmatched. He currently serves as the COO of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino and in this episode discusses lessons, tips, trends, engagement and much more!

Grant Irons | Former NFL Player & CEO of Grant Iron Enterprises

Grant Irons played five seasons in the NFL and was an academic athlete of the year. In this conversation, Grant discusses his relationship with Warren Buffet, lessons from Notre Dame, his growth mindset, and how he has transitioned to having successful businesses after football.

Jasmine Takeshita | Director of Talent Acquisition at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Jasmine Takeshita is the ultimate pro at spotting talent and hiring talent for numerous verticals within the casino & hospitality industry. In this episode, she discusses how her team hired for a 3,000+ team member expansion project during a pandemic, lessons learned in recruitment, empowering a team, and much more.

Luke Palladino | President of Meta Hospitality

Luke Palladino is an expert on delivering a perfect culinary experience. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the most iconic properties like the Wynn and Borgata, owned and operated restaurants around the globe, and currently is a strategic consultant for properties like the Palms and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino. In this episode, […]