Dolly Bascou Sananes from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has been awarded the prestigious Executive Development Program (EDP) Gender Diversity Scholarship. The European Casino Association (ECA) together with partners Clarion Gaming, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and the EDP successfully launched the scholarship for the first time last year, awarding Pauline Boyer Martin from the French casino group JOA.
EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The scholarship will give Mrs Sananes Bascou the opportunity to participate in the 29th edition of EDP from 9-17 November in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (USA) alongside global gaming executives and international aspiring leaders of the industry.
Mrs Sananes Bascou is the Head of Marketing and Communications, Gaming Operations, at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, one of the major player in luxury tourism in Europe owning the most prestigious venues in the Principality of Monaco including the 4 casinos of Monaco which are members of the ECA since 2017. Before joining the gaming operations in 2010, she held various leading positions in the hospitality industry.
Mrs Sananes Bascou’s strong ambition and motivation, as well as her relevant background, have been crucial in the selection process, which has been led by representatives of the four supporting organisations in the judging committee: • Tracy Cohen (Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers AGEM) • Pauline Boyer Martin (representing ECA, after being selected for the 2018 scholarship) • Kate Chambers (Clarion Gaming) • JoAnne Gipson (University of Nevada, Reno)
Mrs Sananes Bascou commented “I am extremely proud to be able to represent my company, MonteCarlo Société des Bains de Mer, the ECA and women in the gaming industry at the upcoming EDP edition. I am grateful that my Chairman and CEO, Mr Jean-Luc Biamonti, has given me the chance to attend this program. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in the great art of gaming with professionals from all around the world and improving my knowledge with them next November.”
The Executive Development Program enable its participants to develop leadership and management skills and strategic thinking, while sharing best practices with international peers. This year, it focuses on social impacts, online gaming, casino marketing, and new technologies. Visit the EDP website to learn more about the program.
Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute, said, “The European Casino Association, Clarion, and AGEM decided, two years ago, to build programs that will expand the universe of female leaders in the gaming industry. Last year, our inaugural effort was a huge success, and we are so excited to make this year’s initiative even bigger, as their efforts have inspired Australian leaders to follow in their trailblazing paths.”
Pauline Boyer Martin, Marketing Director, JOA Group, commented “As Marketing Director at JOA Group and General Manager of four casinos, I know how to deal with daily operational issues, and at the same time how to recognize opportunities and potential strategies for a flourishing industry. The EDP has been a crucial learning experience for me to that extent. I congratulate Dolly Bascou and wish her the same incredible experience I had last year. “
Tracy Cohen, Director of Europe, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), said, “We are delighted to be once again involved with the EDP Gender Diversity Scholarship. The field of entrants was particularly strong this year and so we congratulate Mrs Sananes Bascou for winning this award and wish her every success in pursuit of her goals. This is a great initiative and we are proud to be supporting the emerging leaders who will help to shape the future of the gaming industry.”
Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, commented, “I am delighted that Clarion Gaming is once again supporting our colleagues at the ECA by sponsoring the Gender Diversity Scholarship. While there are certainly more women holding senior roles in the business than when I joined the industry in 2010, initiatives such as the scholarship still have a very important role to play. At ICE London, in partnership with stakeholders including the ECA, we took an important stand on the portrayal of women on the show floor and as part of our activities in the lead up to the second edition of ICE Africa, which takes place in October, we are running our Women in Gaming initiative featuring and celebrating women gaming executives from across the international landscape. The ECA is to be congratulated on instigating the Gender Diversity Scholarship and I am glad to be part of the judging panel.”