Veteran political strategist Donna Brazile to give Keynote at 10th Annual Women's Leadership Conference

June 14, 2016
Sponsored by The MGM Resorts Foundation, the conference provides a forum to discuss real-life career challenges faced by women in the workplace; career development strategies; workshops on entrepreneurship; tips on work-life balance; and networking opportunities

LAS VEGAS, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The MGM Resorts Foundation is pleased to announce Donna Brazile as a keynote speaker at the 10th annual Women's Leadership Conference. Hosted by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and the MGM Resorts Foundation, the 2016 conference will be held Aug. 8 & 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

One of today's most admired and well-known political strategists, Brazile is the former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000, as well as the first African-American to lead a major presidential campaign. A dynamic and sought-after speaker, Brazile uses her varied and diverse experiences to drive points home with captivating storytelling marked with refreshing humor, insight and passion.

"We are so excited to have Donna as a featured speaker at the conference. She's had a pioneering career and is a great role model for our conference attendees," said Phyllis James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International.

Named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine and one of the Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, Brazile recently received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement. She is currently on the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the National Democratic Institute, the Professional Diversity Network and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She also serves as Co-Chair for Democrats for Public Education and is Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation at the Democratic National Committee. She will attend her ninth Democratic political convention as an unpledged Super Delegate later this year.

Currently, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, a regular on-air contributor to CNN, ABC, Essence magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. Author of the best-selling memoir "Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics," Brazile is also the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

A New Orleans native, Brazile was appointed by former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to help rebuild the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage. Brazile was recently appointed by Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, to serve on the Tricentennial Commission.

In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 "remarkable visionaries" for the magazine's first-ever O Power List.  

Conference background:

The Women's Leadership Conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and the men who support them. The two-day conference will offer a wide range of learning opportunities, career guidance and personal growth tools, including:

  • Exposure to diverse, nationally recognized speakers and accomplished women role models
  • Career-oriented workshops that will give participants hands-on opportunities to develop skills based on their career needs
  • Three distinct learning tracks for participants who are Emerging Leaders, Emerging Executives and Executives

The MGM Resorts Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) (3), 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 proceeds.

The registration fee for participants is $450 and includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures; a networking reception; and meals catered by MGM Grand. Time for networking is also allotted for attendees to build relationships with other conference participants.

Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. Current sponsors include: CBS – Radio, The Coca-Cola Company, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Millennium Staffing Solutions, R&R Partners Foundation, Cirque Du Soleil, Cashman Photo Enterprises, DAVID Magazine, Large Vision Business Network Mixer, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Agilysis, Inc.

Conference supporters include Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Capital One, City of Las Vegas, Clark County Department of Aviation, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Global Gaming Women, Nevada State Bank, Phyllis A. James, Scientific Games, and Whiting Turner Contracting Company.

For information or to register for the conference, please visit

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls, and holds a 73 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is a FORTUNE Magazine World's Most Admired Company. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at

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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