Q&A with Michael Whytcross Michael Whytcross General Manager – Finance and Commercial, The Star Entertainment Group Limited Why are you an advocate for gender equality in the gaming and hospitality industry? Gender equality, not only in our industry, but across all workplaces is a benefit to everyone. Not only is it the right thing do but it makes sense from a business perspective. At The Star, our goal is to create an environment where every team member is valued, feels welcomed, has a voice and the same opportunities to thrive regardless of their gender, sexuality or background. I believe it is important to be a visible leader in promoting gender equality, and it’s one of the major reasons why I am an advocate within our industry. Across The Star, we have had the opportunity to undertake wide-ranging diversity and inclusion training, including a module that focused on ‘unconscious bias’. This training was a catalyst for me to reflect on how I approach gender equality within my team and across the business. Being an advocate for gender equality has provided me an opportunity to help break down barriers within The Star, as well as the gaming and hospitality [...]
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Q&A with Matthew Ballesty Matthew Ballesty Chief Casino Officer, SkyCity Entertainment Group Why are you an advocate for gender equality in the gaming and hospitality industry? I believe to get the best results you need diversity of thought and leadership. My wife was the HR Director for a very large casino business in Macau and I remember her saying to me that her team was a mix of personalities, genders and ethnicities and it makes for well-rounded decisions. I have always remembered that. If we were all the same, you would get the same result. Diversity is a must. I have also heard the many stories where external people arrive for a meeting and talk to the oldest male in the room assuming they are in charge. We need change and need to challenge our bias. What have you done, personally, to support gender equality? I have done a number of things, however, there is still a lot to learn and do. Specifically, I ensure I am aware of the gender make up of my various business units and assess decisions with this information. Always ensure that when recruiting or promoting a female candidate is a considered part of that [...]
Q&A with Alexandra Hoskins Alexandra Hoskins Principal, Senet Compliance Academy What do you consider to be the greatest achievement of your career so far? For the past 25 years I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding organisations in a range of countries including KPMG, ANZ Bank, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland in Australia, UK and Jersey in the Channel Islands, which is where I met my husband and now business partner, Julian Hoskins. The highlight of my career, however, has been consolidating my strategic, risk and compliance knowledge from decades in management consulting to help build specialist gambling law and regulatory compliance advisory firm, Senet. What excites you most about working in the gaming and/or hospitality industry? There are so many facets to the gaming industry and, in terms of the work we do, the legal, regulatory and compliance framework is very complex. More complex than any other industry because there are so many pieces of legislation. Being highly regulated and a ‘issue-rich’ industry, it affords the opportunity for advisors like me to work across a range of sectors and advise on a diverse spectrum of issues across risk and compliance. I also have [...]
Q&A with David Jack David Jack Commercial Strategy, Aristocrat Technologies Australia Why are you an advocate for gender equality in the gaming and hospitality industry? Fair and equal treatment regardless of gender is the baseline expectation of a 21st century industry; and seeing an industry focused on this equitable treatment of all must be the common aim of all participants from all levels of work. What have you done, personally, to support gender equality? I have recently been able to put together an executive development program at Aristocrat APAC (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) delivered entirely by women leaders within our business, either experienced or emerging. The first point to mention about that is to note the amazing talent in women leadership that we have at Aristocrat. The program itself is designed to ensure that learning opportunities in key knowledge areas, that make up the fundamentals of our business, are made available to leaders across APAC, both current and emerging. I’m delighted to say that 58% of participants of the program have been women, providing them with enhanced career opportunities within the group. In what ways have you assisted in normalising flexible working? I normalise it by [...]
Q&A with Heather Joung Heather Joung Lead Game Designer, AGS How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? After graduating from university with a degree in math, I because a math teacher, but quickly got burned out and realized that teaching just wasn’t my passion. I then went to work for the State of Colorado as a data scientist but found myself wanting to do something more creative. A friend of mine told me about a role at IGT that required a math degree, so I interviewed and was hired as a junior game designer there. After leaving IGT, I moved to Australia and worked in the online space for a company called Virtual Gaming Worlds, before coming across the opportunity at AGS. I love my role at AGS; being able too use math AND be creative are the best of both worlds; I’m creating the story with the numbers. And I love the fact that me and my team are creating an actual product that people can go and enjoy; it is so meaningful. What excites you most about working in the gaming and/or hospitality industry? I [...]
Q&A with Josephine Dalton Josephine Dalton General Manager People Transformation, Star Entertainment Group How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? I have enjoyed an extensive career spanning 20 years working in people and talent areas for a variety of sectors including local government, telecommunications, tourism, hospitality, gaming, global packaging and manufacturing, and fashion. I was attracted to the hospitality industry as it seemed like such a fun, fast-paced and very guest-focused sector. I originally started out at Australian Leisure & Hospitality Group. I then began working for the formerly known ‘Jupiters Hotel & Casino’ – now ‘The Star Gold Coast’ – in 2008 and have remained working at The Star Entertainment Group ever since. I love helping organisations get the best out of its people, and vice versa, and I’ve spent a large portion of my career at The Star thanks to fantastic career growth across many people and talent streams. I’m currently the General Manager People Transformation leading The Star Entertainment Group’s future talent attraction and retention strategy, as the company and its consortium partners continue to forge ahead with exciting $5billion plus expansion plans on [...]