Veteran of the gaming industry Virginia McDowell will get a lifetime achievement award the following month.
At the next East Coast Gaming Congress & NexGen Gaming Forum, which is scheduled to take place between September 21 and 23, the businesswoman will be honored for her lifetime of labor.
From 2007 until her resignation from Isle of Capri Casinos in April 2016, McDowell was the only female president and CEO of a significant gambling company.
She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame and the first woman to serve on the board of the American Gaming Association (AGA).
McDowell currently holds the positions of Vice President of Global Gaming Women, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2016, and Non-Executive Director of Entain.
Through teaching and mentoring, it seeks to “help, inspire, and influence the development of women in the gaming business.”
The conference’s co-founders, Michael Pollock and Lloyd D. Levenson, stated: “In a career spanning more than four decades, Virginia McDowell has been a mentor to many and a pioneer for women wanting to establish themselves and build careers in this field.
“We want to highlight her achievements and encourage others to enter the doors she has aided in opening.”
The industry leader roundtables at the conference will also follow this topic of inclusivity. A “honest discussion of what will be required for women and minorities to advance to corporate leadership roles in the sector” would allegedly be a part of these meetings.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will host the conference.