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Emmy-Winning Broadcast Journalist and CNN Anchor Natalie Allen to Moderate Leadership Panel at 10th Anniversary Women’s Leadership Conference

Local and national leaders to offer insight into their career paths during the panel, “Looking Back to Look Ahead: Is the Glass Ceiling Shatterproof?” at sold-out conference 

LAS VEGAS (August 4, 2016) Four women at the top of their fields will offer insights into leadership and advancing in the workplace during a featured panel at MGM Resorts Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Conference, to be held Aug. 8 & 9 at MGM Grand.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the conference has sold out for the third year in a row. More than 1,000 people are registered to attend the two-day event, which offers attendees custom-designed programming to help them grow their careers.  

Natalie Allen, who is returning as conference host for the third time, will moderate “Looking Back to Look Ahead: Is the Glass Ceiling Shatterproof?” The executive leadership panel discussion is set for Aug. 8 and will feature local and national senior leaders, including:

Barbara Atkinson, M.D. UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean. Dr. Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, educator and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. She has spent her entire career in medical school leadership, creating innovative learning environments for future physicians.

Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President, Strategic Partnership Marketing for Coca-Cola Company. Miller applies strategic vision, marketing expertise and leadership to drive growth to the company’s iconic brands. Additionally, she serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Board of Director’s Network, whose mission is to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards.  

Janet Murguía,   President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Murguía is a key figure among this generation of leaders in the Latino community.  Prior to joining NCLR, Murguía worked at the White House, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton.

Virginia Valentine, President of the Nevada Resort Association. Valentine is the lead advocate for an industry that contributes nearly half of the state’s general fund. A longtime leader in Nevada with over thirty years of experience working in local governance, Valentine is the former manager of Clark County, Nevada. Her career path—which includes a stint as a design engineer working on irrigation projects—has made her one of the few women in her field.

The Women’s Leadership Conference will feature a full schedule of keynotes and panel discussions with local and national thought leaders. Boston Marathon bombing survivor and inspirational speaker Adrianne Haslet and acclaimed mountain climber, and leadership expert Alison Levine round out a roster of other successful speakers and panelists.

Among them are: Donna Brazile, veteran political strategist, and Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. For a full list, please visit:

Conference background:
The Women’s Leadership Conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and the men who support them. The two-day conference will offer a wide range of learning opportunities, career guidance and personal growth tools, including:

  • Exposure to diverse, nationally recognized speakers and accomplished women role models
  • Career-oriented workshops that will give participants hands-on opportunities to develop skills based on their career needs
  • Three distinct learning tracks for participants who are Emerging Leaders, Emerging Executives and Executives
The MGM Resorts Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) (3), is the conference’s presenting sponsor. Each year, proceeds from the conference after costs are donated to one or more local nonprofit agencies devoted to the welfare and development of women and children. Southern Nevada Children First, a nonprofit organization that provides support to homeless and pregnant youth, recently received a $30,000 gift from the 2015 conference proceeds.

Sponsors of WLC include: CBS – Radio, The Coca-Cola Company, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, Millennium Staffing Solutions, R&R Partners Foundation, Cirque Du Soleil, Cashman Photo Enterprises, DAVID Magazine, Large Vision Business Network Mixer, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, United Way of Southern Nevada, Cox Communications, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Communications, Quick Change Display, CORT EVENTS, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Kre8 Media, Vegas PBS, Las Vegas Review Journal, and Agilysys, Inc.

Conference supporters include America First Federal Credit Union, Aristocrat Technologies, BMW of Las Vegas and Henderson, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Candid Worldwide LLC, Capital One, City of Las Vegas, Clark County Department of Aviation, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Global Gaming Women, Nevada State Bank, Phyllis A. James, Scientific Games Corporation, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Stewart Archibald & Barney CPAs, The M Resort and Spa, and Whiting Turner Contracting Company. 

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About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls, and holds a 73 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World's Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at

About The MGM Resorts Foundation 
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by 
MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors and organized by 
MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation's Board.

Media Contacts: 
Sonya Padgett 
MGM Resorts International 

Callie Driehorst
MGM Resorts International

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