SYDNEY/LAS VEGAS – May 16, 2019

Australian Non-Profit Women in Gaming & Hospitality to Partner with UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program (EDP) to Launch Gender Diversity Scholarship

Helen Galloway, CEO of Australian non-profit Women in Gaming & Hospitality (WGH) and a graduate of the EDP class of 2013, is set to partner with the program to launch a recurring gender diversity scholarship.

To promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, WGH will partner with UNLV/UNR to provide an annual scholarship that covers tuition, accommodation, and airfare for one aspiring female gaming/hospitality industry executive to attend the UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program—a more that USD $10,000 (AUD $17,500) value.

Currently in its 29th year, EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas, leadership strategies, and an opportunity to network with other gaming professionals from around the globe. This year’s program will take place from November 9 – 17 in Lake Tahoe, NV.

The WGH/EDP gender diversity scholarship announcement comes after last year’s announcement of the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship, a similar scholarship offering by the Clarion Gaming, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), and open to members of the European Casino Association (ECA).

UNLV IGI’s executive director Bo Bernhard says, “We are thrilled to partner with Women in Gaming & Hospitality to offer this once-in-a-lifetime, career-launching opportunity to a rising star industry executive. Not only this, but we couldn’t be more excited to support Women in Gaming & Hospitality’s mission of “expanding the leader-verse”—the diverse pool from which leaders are born.”

Helen Galloway, CEO of Women in Gaming & Hospitality, commented, “I am pleased that we have partnered with UNLV/UNR to offer this amazing opportunity to one of our emerging female leaders. EDP is the only course of its kind in the world, offering a 360-degree view of the gaming-hospitality industry. At the time I attended EDP I was an operator and really appreciated the diverse pool of attendees I worked with and the knowledge and perspective of industry suppliers and regulators. EDP creates lifelong career connections, which are invaluable to leaders in the industry.”

To be eligible for the WGH/EDP gender diversity scholarship, women who belong to the WGH organization should show ambition for holding a leadership position in gaming and a desire to further their professional education.

Interested candidates should fill out an application, which includes: the candidate’s resume, a letter of support from the candidate’s immediate manager, and a letter from the candidate providing their reasons for applying. Visit the WGH website to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, or visit the EDP website to learn more about the program.

Applications close on June 30, and the scholarship will be awarded at WGH’s Leaders’ Lunch at the Australasian Gaming Expo on August 14.

About UNLV International Gaming Institute

For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity and community outreach through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES), which gives high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides. For more information, please visit

About University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is the world’s premier provider of gaming management education, offering opportunities for professional development through its certificate program, management programs and seminars, and international executive development program. In addition to our programs located in Reno, they also offer courses customized to industry casino and organization needs, using practical application and methods designed by industry experts, brought to your location, reducing expenses and increasing attendance. Visit

About Women in Gaming & Hospitality

Women in Gaming & Hospitality is an industry-driven not for profit organisation, dedicated to empowering women and promoting gender equitable outcomes in the workplace. Established in 2017, WGH aims to identify and remove barriers for the advancement of women in the gaming, hospitality and gaming related industries. WGH encourages the development and success of women through education, mentorship and networking opportunities and provides tools and support for organisations wishing to develop or enhance their gender diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Contact: Nicole Schultz (UNLV)

Phone: (702) 895-2543


Contact: Steph Mellor (WGH)

Phone:  +61 439 071 300