CEO and Chairman
MGM Resorts International
In 2006, the MGM Resorts Foundation created an event that today we call the Women’s Leadership Conference.
The idea behind the conference – or WLC – was to provide women, and their colleagues with an enrichment experience that would help them advance in the professional world. A nonprofit event, WLC is also an opportunity to enrich our community and give back to those in need.
The 2014 WLC is right around the corner, Aug. 6 and 7. All proceeds collected from the conference, after costs, will be donated to a Nevada-based nonprofit that supports women and girls. After 2013’s conference, the Foundation donated $20,000 to Safe Nest, an organization that assists victims of domestic violence.
We’re expecting attendance to increase more than 25 percent over last year’s numbers, which means, ultimately, we will be able to have a stronger impact on our community.
The Foundation is an important factor in MGM Resorts International’s CSR platform. It is through the Foundation that we are able to make a lasting and real impact on our community year-round.
Every March, the company hosts an event like “Women Inspiring Women” in recognition of Women’s History Month. It gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation to local women who make a difference in the Las Vegas community. These women regularly donate their own time and money to support those in need, so it is our privilege to serve them some good food and good wine while providing them with great entertainment.
Black History Month is a chance to recognize and honor the contributions made by African Americans throughout our nation’s history.
At MGM Resorts, our Diversity & Inclusion program was the first in our sector and it was borne out of the realization that we weren’t doing enough in our young industry to be inclusive. In 2000, we pledged to embrace and promote what is happily becoming an incredibly diverse workforce. Today, about 64 percent of our 62,000 employees are representative of minority ethnicities. More than 50 percent are women.
Black History Month is also a chance to support the community while helping to bring attention to the contributions made by African Americans that make our nation and society the success it is in the global community, as it is also a great time to take a look at our company’s community engagement and outreach to women, Hispanics, Asians and the LGBT communities.
I’m part of an endangered species. We used to roam the wide plains of the Midwest and the open spaces of the American Southwest in vast herds. We could be found in thriving clusters throughout New England. Sadly now, we’ve been culled, driven out, and hunted as RhINOs.
I speak, of course, of that ever rarer creature, the publicly-declared moderate Republican. Derided as RhINOs (Republicans In Name Only) or driven into hiding, I know we’re still out there. I also know there are Democrats who don’t believe that everyone who disagrees with them is automatically a hick, racist, or ignorant, and who don’t feel businesses just exist to be blamed, milked, or nationalized.
Those of us in the “radical middle” need to come out of hiding. Modern political conventions hold very little in the way of big surprises or big new ideas, and now that Mitt Romney has announced his running mate, we kinda know how both party conventions will go.
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