Clarion Gaming champions diversity with new scholarship

10 August 2018

Clarion Gaming, the European Casino Association (ECA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) have joined forces with the Executive Development Program (EDP) to deliver a new gender diversity scholarship.

The first-of-its-kind initiative will enable one aspiring female gaming employee to attend the prestigious EDP gaming leadership course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from November 10-18.

The EDP enables prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas and leadership strategies, as well as network with industry figures from around the world.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada Reno College of Business and Extended Studies have been running the partnership program for the past 28 years.

Kate Chambers (pictured), managing director of Clarion Gaming, the parent company of iGamingBusiness.com, said: “This is a really exciting development and one that is just so important for the industry.

“Through our events, we have featured educational initiatives on diversity and inclusion that support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industries – so I am proud of the fact that we can support the first ever Gender Diversity Scholarship with our friends at EDP, ECA and AGEM.”

The EDP and the ECA have also announced another partnership that establishes the EDP as a “think tank and resource centre for the global gaming industry”.

Major themes on this year’s EDP agenda include the land-based casino industry in Europe, women in leadership, safety and security, responsible gambling, and corporate social responsibility.

Per Jaldung, chairman of the ECA and 2010 EDP graduate, said: “The ECA is delighted to cooperate with such prestigious and experienced partners and provide this outstanding professional education and scholarship opportunity to an up-and-coming female talent from the European casino industry.”

Marcus Prater, executive director of the AGEM added: “We are very pleased to partner with the ECA so that its broad membership is further exposed to EDP and its many benefits and that one deserving individual can attend via AGEM’s scholarship support.”

Women interested in the new scholarship must be employed by a direct or indirect member of the ECA, have ambitions to hold a leadership position in gaming, as well as a desire to further their professional education.

The scholarship will cover the recipient's travel, accommodation and program registration fee.