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


“Exceptionally well presented and full of useful information, not only for those running casino operations each day, but also for regulators, such as myself. The presenters were all well prepared, professional and very experienced in their fields. I found the project work to be extremely demanding and in the end highly rewarding. I would suggest this course for any executive in the casino management area or for regulators looking to expand their knowledge base.”
— D.W. (Bill) Robinson, President and CEO, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

“EDP expanded my view of gaming across the globe. I gained a holistic view of the industry from inception with the creation of government legislation on casinos, economic considerations for jurisdictions, the vital role of suppliers, along with expanded geographic knowledge on casinos in Europe and America. EDP covers so many perspectives of running an integrated resort — it really is a crucial program for anyone serious about a career with an integrated resort, or indeed a career with any gaming-related entity, be it equipment manufacturer, regulator or gaming operator.”
— Helen Galloway, Vice President, Casino Development and Strategic Analysis, Marina Bay Sands

“EDP can be described as the best for the best. It is the stepping stone for those who wish to strive for excellence within their industry. EDP gathers a large cast of industry game-changers who share their wealth of knowledge and experiences. The opportunity to spend 10 days networking with the industry’s up-and-coming is worth its weight in gold. A must for all executives wishing to stay ahead of the game.”
— Harold Tsakmaklis, Vice President, Casino Operations, The Venetian Macao, China

“EDP is one of those remarkable times in your career where you find yourself in the presence of our industry’s greatest leaders whose sole purpose is to teach you from their hard-earned lessons and share their amazing insights for you to leave your own mark. These 10 days are intense, fun and accelerate your growth exponentially!”
— Brent J. Fleming, Vice President , Human Resources, Organizational Development, Paragon Gaming

“If you are on the fence about attending EDP, I would urge you to jump in with both feet. I attended EDP in 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I had the chance to listen to the leader of our industry speak in a close environment (we also had some great speakers from other industries who gave great perspectives); I got to work with a team of my peers on a tough project; and I met really great people whom I would not have met otherwise.”
— Todd Cravens, CEO, The Americas, TCSJOHNHUXLEY

“I wanted to take a minute to thank each of you for the amazing 10 days I was able to spend with you. The EDP program is totally awesome. The speakers were incredible and the team project was difficult, but fun. Our project Team 2 worked together very well and I have new friends from all over the world. Your dedication and commitment to this program is remarkable and I truly appreciate the opportunity I was given.”
— Eric Shoemaker, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

“Thank you for having IGT participate in this year’s EDP. Our participants were extremely pleased with the program and its value and impact of the learning and development opportunities provided during the event! This is truly the type of program we have been looking to extend to our Hi-Potential professionals at IGT to help broaden their business acumen and professional networks. Thank you for investing the time to develop such a high quality program.”
— Aimee Hoyt, EVP Human Resources, International Game Technology (IGT), Las Vegas

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