For the past 10 years, The MGM Resorts Foundation has hosted the Women’s Leadership Conference with one goal in mind: to change the lives of women. Each year at “Women Inspiring Women,” the proceeds from 2015 conference were donated to Southern Nevada Children’s First, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to provide Nevada’s homeless pregnant and parenting youth with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to grow into independent adults and contributing members of the community.
Pictured from left to right: MGM Resorts Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Shelley Gitomer, Executive Director and Founder of Southern Nevada Children’s First Monique Harris and MGM Resorts Chief Diversity Officer Phyllis James.
Natalie Allen, CNN International Anchor and Correspondent, Returns to Host 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference
Conference, sponsored by The MGM Resorts Foundation, will offer career advancement training, workshops on entrepreneurship, tips on work-life balance, networking opportunities and a forum to discuss real life challenges faced by women professionals
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As host of the conference, Ms. Allen will preside over the two-day event designed to inspire and encourage women to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. The 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference theme is “Women Inspiring Women.”
The conference, which was first established in 2006, will offer a wide range of learning opportunities, career guidance and personal growth tools, including:
- Exposure to diverse and nationally recognized speakers and accomplished women
- Two days of career-oriented workshops that will give women hands-on opportunities to develop skills based on their career needs.
- Three distinct learning tracks: Emerging Leaders, Emerging Executives and Executives.
- Workshops for entrepreneurs who are well-established or just thinking of starting their
An award-winning journalist, Ms. Allen has more than 25 years of experience in broadcast news. Before becoming an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, Ms. Allen was an anchor for CNN from 1992-2001. She also served as news anchor for MSNBC.
Ms. Allen started her career at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn., becoming the first newsroom intern elevated to General Assignments Reporter while still a student. Three years later, she was named Co-Anchor of WREG'S 10:00 p.m. News.
In 2010, Ms. Allen videotaped, produced and wrote a three-part “Freedom Project” special for CNN International on child trafficking from Vietnam and Cambodia, primarily focusing on one community in the Mekong Delta. As a correspondent for NBC, she appeared on "The Nightly News," "The Today Show" and CNBC.
Beginning in 2007, Ms. Allen served as The Weather Channel's first full-time environment and climate correspondent. As Primary Anchor for the network's weekly news program, "Forecast Earth," she traveled the country interviewing environmental pioneers and leaders in sustainability.
The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and men who support them. The MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference’s presenting sponsor. Each year, proceeds from the conference after costs are donated to one or more local nonprofit agencies devoted to the welfare and development of women and children. Southern Nevada Children First, a nonprofit organization that provides support to homeless and pregnant youth, recently received a $30,000 gift from the 2015 conference.
The early registration fee for conference participants is $375 until April 30, after which registration will cost $450. Registration includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand and other MGM Resorts International destinations.
Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. For more information about the Women’s Leadership Conference, please visit
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About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors and organized by MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation's Board.
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