Submission Type

Presentation

Session Title

Session 2-2-E: Research – Women in the Industry

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

29-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

29-5-2019 12:25 PM

Disciplines

Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Women's Studies

Abstract

Women account for over half the gaming workforce, but there is still a gap in leadership. Men continue to dominate casino executive and board positions and this is not representative of the front-line workforce. This presentation uses a database of 10, 950 management positions in 972 United States casinos to evaluate the facts, not perceptions. The database consists of 567 commercial and 405 Native American casinos, which are evaluated separately and in combination. Results show women hold 35.5% of manager and above positions when evaluated overall, but there is a significant difference when evaluated by type of operations. Commercial casinos averaged 33.6% female representation in management while Native American casinos averaged 37.8%. When evaluating across different levels of management positions in both commercial and Native American casinos, the higher the position, the less women represented. This decline is accentuated in commercial casinos properties. Native American casinos, in general, have a slightly higher percentage of females at each management level but only the top executive level indicates a significant difference between commercial and Native American casinos. These results suggest a potential glass ceiling in both commercial and Native American casinos.

Author Bio

Toni Repetti: Toni Repetti is an Associate Professor for finance, accounting, and gaming courses in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV. Dr. Repetti has extensive industry experience, with over 22 years of experience in all areas of integrated resorts operations and 19 years in Finance and Accounting. Dr. Repetti has 19 published academic articles and her research interests are in managerial finance, women in leadership, and profit management within integrated resorts.

Shekinah Hoffman: Shekinah Hoffman is Special Project Coordinator and Ph.D. student in sociology at the UNLV International Gaming Institute. Hoffman’s research is focused on the women’s leadership gap and women’s issues in the gaming workplace. At IGI, she oversees the Young Executive Scholars, a hospitality and tourism program serving under-resourced youth in the Las Vegas community. Prior to IGI, Hoffman worked at the American Gaming Association managing the Global Gaming Women program.

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May 29th, 11:00 AM May 29th, 12:25 PM

Female Leadership in Gaming: Where Are They & Where Are They Missing?

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Women account for over half the gaming workforce, but there is still a gap in leadership. Men continue to dominate casino executive and board positions and this is not representative of the front-line workforce. This presentation uses a database of 10, 950 management positions in 972 United States casinos to evaluate the facts, not perceptions. The database consists of 567 commercial and 405 Native American casinos, which are evaluated separately and in combination. Results show women hold 35.5% of manager and above positions when evaluated overall, but there is a significant difference when evaluated by type of operations. Commercial casinos averaged 33.6% female representation in management while Native American casinos averaged 37.8%. When evaluating across different levels of management positions in both commercial and Native American casinos, the higher the position, the less women represented. This decline is accentuated in commercial casinos properties. Native American casinos, in general, have a slightly higher percentage of females at each management level but only the top executive level indicates a significant difference between commercial and Native American casinos. These results suggest a potential glass ceiling in both commercial and Native American casinos.