Executive Development Program
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About EDP

Executive education provides the foundation for superior performance and success in a rapidly changing world.


Gaming companies worldwide must be increasingly sensitive to their impacts on local and regional economies, while also honing their management effectiveness, maintaining market share and attracting new customers.

The Executive Development Program is designed for those whose roles are to think strategically — about product, attractions, casino environment, employee development, community relations, partnerships and exceptional customer service. The program increases your capacity to lead and manage in a changing environment and prepares you to think strategically and reshape your organization.

Position your organization to meet current and future challenges and opportunities.
The Executive Development Program can help you lead organizational change. It provides the information and insights to create organizational growth opportunities through strategic alliances.

Strategic thinking and management for competitive advantage.
The Executive Development Program is particularly useful as a source of professional renewal for those with years of experience in gaming, as well as an important educational opportunity for those moving into positions of substantial responsibility in your organization. The program helps participants deepen their insights and broaden their resources to increase competitive advantage.

The Program is designed specifically for:

  • Executives and senior managers in positions of substantial responsibility who help shape the futures of their organizations
  • Owners, board members and other leaders active in strategic planning for gaming organizations
  • Government regulators who require a comprehensive understanding of casino operations
  • Rising stars within a gaming organization

Opportunities and benefits:

  • Develop strategies for anticipating challenges and opportunities
  • Establish valuable industry relationships and share ideas with accomplished international colleagues
  • Examine how leading companies have implemented successful strategies for survival and growth
  • Learn to analyze competitive positioning and identify a company’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Analyze case studies to develop solutions that can be applied immediately in your organization
  • Gain insights into operational areas to enhance interdepartmental understanding
  • Build knowledge of essential regulatory and legal structures in international jurisdictions
  • Prepare organizations for success in a global environment
  • Participate in stimulating classroom discussions on key issues in leadership, policy and casino management


“EDP is without question the most real-world, tactical, industry-focused program I have ever been to. When explaining it to coworkers I playfully said EDP should be called ‘Increase Your Profits by Learning Best Practices from Gaming Industry Leaders in 10 Days.’ It’s a mouthful, but it accurately captures why this is such a powerful program. It was difficult to take the time away from the office, but the truth is that too often we go through another year and just repeat the same experience without really learning anything new. This program will absolutely help make you and your company stronger, and graduates are aware of this. I love to see EDP on a resume, because I know what that means. Finally, as a bonus, the connections you will make alone justify attending this program – trust me on that!”
— Todd Haushalter, Vice President, Gaming Operations, MGM Resorts International

“EDP was a transformative experience for me. It was absolutely amazing to spend so much quality time with industry leaders and visionaries past and present. I can’t recommend this program enough for up-and-coming executives with a passion for gaming. The case study is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and, while demanding, is completely worth the effort.”
— Andrew Burke, Senior Director of Product Management, American Gaming Systems, Las Vegas

“Being part of the Executive Development Program was the best experience of my career as a regulator. I must commend the organizers and moderators for having successfully packaged the program, from the teaming of attendees and the time management for the presentations. Coming from a regulatory background, I gained more exposure and more insights on how operators work in the industry, an experience not to be forgotten. I will highly recommend EDP to my fellow regulators.”
— Morongoa Mogashoa, Section Head, Audit Gauteng Gambling Board, Johannesburg, South Africa

“The Executive Development Program gave me access to an exclusive network of inspiring first-class speakers and engaged colleagues within the gaming industry. The gathered knowledge and experience of this network is invaluable and I feel privileged to be a part of this program. The intense program has given me tools and encouraged me to take on new challenges in my work as a general manager.”
— Inger Nordqvist, General Manager, Casino Cosmopol, Sundsvall, Sweden

“Participating in EDP was an experience of a lifetime. The preparation for our mock integrated resort and our final presentation in front of the judges left me with a new appreciation for resort development. Little did I know that I would be presenting a city integrated resort in front of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission just months later. I walked away from EDP with a new passion for learning and presenting — and that fire pushed me through one of the most memorable presentations of my life. Thanks, EDP!”
— Bethany Seidel, Vice President, Marketing and Promotions, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut

“The Executive Development Program (EDP) has changed my life professionally and personally. EDP is built for upcoming global gaming executives and is intended to:
• stretch your operational awareness for solutions to emerging world issues,
• build intense working groups that experience a senior management team’s aggressive expansion into new market opportunities, and
• have your newly-acquired CEO tactical development strategies evaluated by the top gaming-industry experts in a safe learning environment.

EDP is an absolute challenge and pleasure. I recommend it, without reservation, to any career-committed gaming professional anywhere around the globe who intends to advance our industry to the next level — as EDP was undoubtedly designed for just that.”
— Maria-Christina Annaloro

  University of Nevada, RenoCosponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno  College of Business and Extended Studies  and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute  •  Updated: May 6, 2014  •  Maintained by: kzaski@unr.edu