The MGM Resorts Foundation (the “Foundation”) donated the proceeds from its 2018 Annual Women’s Leadership Conference to The Shade Tree ‒ the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. The largest shelter of its kind in Nevada, the agency’s 364 permanent beds provide over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of their clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of Shade Tree’s service population.
The donated funds represented proceeds after costs from the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC), a Foundation signature event. A distinctive feature of the annual women’s conference – beyond providing professional development to attendees – is the donation of conference proceeds to local nonprofits that aid women and children.
The donation was announced during Women’s History Month at the Foundation’s annual “Women Inspiring Women” event that convenes WLC supporters and other community leaders to present the prior year’s conference donation and launch the current year’s conference.
At the event, Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, delivered remarks on MGM Resorts’ commitment to women, the importance of celebrating Women’s History Month and this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference.
“Women’s equality is not just a women’s issue ‒ it is a business issue, a societal issue, and a global issue. I am very proud that MGM Resorts is a progressive company that truly supports women and has led the gaming and hospitality industry in appointing women to breakthrough roles such as resort presidents, executive chefs and company pilots,” said Ms. James. “Our Women’s Leadership Conference is a concrete expression of our Foundation’s and MGM’s commitment to development of women leaders in all walks of life in our community.”
This year WLC will be held at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas Aug. 5 and 6. According to organizers, registrations are selling quickly. Early registration pricing of $449 runs through April 30; after that, the cost will increase to $549. Registration includes the two-day conference and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand’s banquet team.
The mission of WLC is to provide women and men who attend the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. WLC offers inspirational role models, prominent motivational speakers, coaches and technical skills experts and networking opportunities to equip participants with strategies and tools to improve their personal and professional lives.