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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 Casino Careers Show

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

Jim Michaelian, President of Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Jim Michaelian is the heart and soul of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, an original employee who, at age 32 in 1975, embraced Chris Pook’s vision of bringing a Monaco-style motorsports event to Southern California’s port city. In this episode, we discuss planning a large-scale event, keys to success in motorsports, the changing […]

Kate White, Corporate VP of Business Intelligence & IT Program Management – Penn National Gaming

Kate is one of the emerging leaders in gaming with a proven track record of success with innovation & business intelligence. In this conversation, we do a deep dive into emerging AI, the changing landscape for operators in gaming, tips to optimize business outcomes, quilting, and much more!

Afsi Bird, VP of Hotel Operations at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino

Afsi Bird has 30+ years in the hospitality industry and has been a leader in providing service excellence at properties across the globe. In this candid discussion, Afsi provides insight on what is required to build a culture of service, lessons from early in her career, tips for team building, and much more!

Bronwen Gregg, Senior Account Manager at Insight Global | President of WISE Las Vegas

Bronwen Gregg, one of CDC Gaming Report’s 2023 “10 Women Rising in Gaming”, leads the Gaming & Casinos portfolio for Insight Global, one of North America’s largest Talent Solutions firms. Bronwen’s biggest personal passion is advocating for equality, especially gender equality in the US workforce. She currently serves as President of WISE (Women in Sports […]

Lori Ware, SVP of Casino Finance at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino

Lori Ware is the SVP of Finance at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, the 2nd most visited property in all of California. This podcast discusses the power of asking for help, a deep love of math, how to communicate data, and more!

Cynthia Kiser Murphy, GM of Palms Casino Resort

CKM is one of the most respected leaders in the industry and currently oversees the Palms in Las Vegas. In this special podcast, we dive into her career story, how to spot talent, key nuggets for upcoming leaders, and the exciting opportunities with the iconic Palms property.