How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? I started working at Zagame’s Caulfield at the age of 18. I had no idea how to pour a beer and I certainly wasn’t ready for the grave yard shift as my induction to hospitality and gaming. At the time Zagame’s Caulfield was the number one performing venue in Victoria and I relished the vibe of the organisation, the comradery of the team, the vision of the leadership, and the thrill of working the public bar and taking note of the horses that impressed at trackwork that morning at Caulfield Racecourse. I was hooked! Since then I’ve worked at what is now The Glasshouse, Caulfield and then on to Tabcorp in a training role followed by a private RTO in a Hospitality Executive position. I have been at the Australian Hotels Association (Vic) for 6 years, firstly as the Manager for Membership and now as the Senior Manager for Membership and Industry Engagement. What has motivated you to get involved in being an advocate for change? (for gender equality) Having now been in the industry for (ahem) 23 years, I see [...]
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Gaming and hospitality have historically been male-dominated industries with unconscious bias accounting for the gender gap in leadership. One form of unconscious bias is affinity bias which affects recruitment, retention and the talent pipeline. Hiring managers show a marked preference for candidates to whom they can relate which plays a key role in many selection decisions. The perception is that leaders will hire like-minded individuals with similar leadership styles; so, a heavily male workforce will more than likely be maintained. Unconscious bias also affects the representation of women on boards and an active focus is required to create and/or increase diversity. According to the ASX, the latest percentage of women on ASX200 boards is 29.5% (reported 31 October 2019). In New Zealand, figures released by the NZX show the percentage of women directors on listed company boards increased from 19.7% to 22% in 2018 – just four more women than in 2017 (reported February 2019). There is growing evidence that a diverse workforce leads to tangible and positive impacts on culture and operations. Benefits include increased efficiency, productivity, innovation, creativity and improved employee engagement. A strategic focus on a diverse workforce needs to start at the top. The composition [...]
Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia (WGHA) signs seventh corporate partner. This support enables WGHA to promote gender equitable outcomes in the gaming and hospitality industry in Australia. Women in Gaming & Hospitality is an industry-driven not for profit organisation that aims to identify and remove barriers for the advancement of women in the gaming, hospitality and gaming related industries. Redcape Hotel Group has joined The Star Entertainment Group, Aristocrat, SkyCity Entertainment Group, Crown Resorts, ALH Group and Christchurch Casino as the seventh partner of Women in Gaming & Hospitality. Women in Gaming & Hospitality CEO, Helen Galloway, said the partnership with Redcape will help to expand the footprint to influence and impact the equitable outcomes in our industry. “I am thrilled to have Redcape join as a member of Women in Gaming & Hospitality. Redcape have a strong focus on people and communities. They are committed to shaping and nurturing sociable and sustainable communities and this includes their workforce of 800+ staff. Partnering with Redcape will allow us to further unite the industry for equitable outcomes for women”. Redcape General Manager Corporate Affairs & Marketing Strategy, Bianca Vlasic said; “at Redcape, we have a strong commitment to people; be it supporting our staff [...]
How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? I worked as a waitress in Wests Leagues Club whilst studying mathematics at university. After graduating, I landed a graduate position at Aristocrat and have worked my way up to my current role as Game Design Lead. So, I have experience working for a club and a gaming manufacturer in completely unrelated roles. Why is Women in Gaming & Hospitality so important to you? Women in Gaming & Hospitality is so important to me as it has provided a range of opportunities for me to develop professionally. I have attended Step Forward Events, Networking nights and most recently, I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Emerging Speakers Program. I always leave these events feeling inspired and energised. As part of the Emerging Speakers Program, I attended the Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia conference along with the 3 others selected for the program (Ainslie, Kimberley and Janelle) and we were coached by Josephine Dalton (General Manager - People Services, People & performance at The Star Entertainment Group). This was a wonderful opportunity to meet other women in various parts of [...]
Last month on 28th August, Australia observed [Un] Equal Pay Day, marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same pay as men. Equal Pay Day saw a flurry of social media activity, engagement and support, but it is important to remember that this issue needs year-round attention. It's equally important to remember that Equal Pay is not the only factor that contributes to the Gender Pay Gap. Particular attention needs to be paid to the social and economic factors that combine to reduce women's earning capacity over their lifetime, and what we can do about it to help close the gap. Before we explore the reasons, let's look at the what the gender pay gap is and isn't. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, "the gender pay gap measures the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce. It is not the difference between two people being paid differently for work of the same or comparable value, which is unlawful. This is called equal pay. The gender pay gap is an internationally established measure of women's position in the economy in comparison to men." In Australia, the gender pay [...]
How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? Initially I was drawn to the hospitality industry specifically towards hotels. I was studying accounting and had hoped to get a finance job in a hotel chain that could open up the possibilities to work abroad. To get experience in the industry I applied for a Gaming Attendant role at Parramatta Leagues Club, which I was successful in. To this day I still have fond memories of comradery amongst the staff from entry level to senior management. The more training I underwent the more avenues presented with the option to pursue a career within this industry. It was the moment I decided this would be my future that doors started to open for me. I underwent a quick succession from gaming attendant to loyalty host and then safe operator. I was presented with the opportunity to look at some small Gaming Admin tasks and quickly found a passion for Gaming. It was from here I looked to further my progression and find a role in my new found passion. I bid Parramatta Leagues Club farewell and stepped into a Gaming Analyst [...]
How do you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? I started in the industry when I was in the penultimate year of an arts/law degree and I certainly started at entry level. My first role in the gaming industry was a casual Gaming Machine Attendant/Cashier at Crown Melbourne. I had been working a variety of hospitality and other roles whilst studying and I was impressed by both the great conditions on offer and the flexibility offered by the shift work. I actually knew little to nothing about the industry itself (or about gambling) when I took that first role and never imagined at the time that I would still be working in an industry role over two decades later. Upon completing my studies I took a role in management with the Crown Gaming Machines Department and in subsequent years I worked in responsible gambling, including as Manager of Crown’s Responsible Gambling Support Centre. I moved to my first role with the Australasian Gaming Council – an industry funded NFP that focuses on industry sustainability and responsible gambling – in 2008. I found the role at the AGC through networks established [...]
How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position? The first beer I ever poured was at Eastlake Kaleen in 1990. It was an exciting experience accompanied by lively banter, new friendships and a position that was all care and no responsibility. This was my “second job” – something to increase my spending money and help me pay off a car loan. It certainly wasn’t a career choice. Fast forward a decade, three licensed clubs and add in some international hospitality experience and I secured a role with the industry peak body in Canberra, ClubsACT. I spent 14 years with this organisation including my last position as Policy Manager. This position included lobbying for legislative change, developing gambling harm initiatives and working with industry stakeholders to ensure we had a thriving club industry. A key aspect of my role was to bring industry along with any regulatory changes – as Canberra is one of the strictest gaming jurisdictions in Australia, this was sometimes a challenge. During my tenure at ClubsACT I was heavily involved in a wide variety of government committees including the gambling harm advisory committee, gambling industry consultative [...]
Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia (WGH) to partner with Odgers Berndtson to deliver an exclusive training program for future female leaders. Women in Gaming and Hospitality, an industry-driven not for profit organisation, dedicated to empowering women and promoting gender equitable outcomes in the workplace has partnered with global search firm, Odgers Berndtson, to deliver an exclusive training program to future female leaders. The leadership program, Finding your Voice, will foster the continual professional development of women in gaming and hospitality and has been developed based on research for supporting women’s career advancement. It is also based on lived experiences of provider Rebecca Reed, Partner and Head of Sports, Media & Entertainment Practice at Odgers Berndtson, the only executive search firm with a dedicated global gaming & wagering practice. “It is a privilege to be able to share some of my knowledge and insights with these women, who have already been identified as leaders by their organisation. Women have voices and this program is designed to help them to use theirs, to speak confidently about their career and achievements in the workplace.” says Reed. The program, commencing in July 2019, will be delivered as a five-part series over five [...]
WGH to Partner with UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program (EDP) to Launch Gender Diversity ScholarshipWomen in Gaming Australasia2019-10-24T08:16:07+11:00
SYDNEY/LAS VEGAS - May 16, 2019 Australian Non-Profit Women in Gaming & Hospitality to Partner with UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program (EDP) to Launch Gender Diversity Scholarship Helen Galloway, CEO of Australian non-profit Women in Gaming & Hospitality (WGH) and a graduate of the EDP class of 2013, is set to partner with the program to launch a recurring gender diversity scholarship. To promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, WGH will partner with UNLV/UNR to provide an annual scholarship that covers tuition, accommodation, and airfare for one aspiring female gaming/hospitality industry executive to attend the UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program—a more that USD $10,000 (AUD $17,500) value. Currently in its 29th year, EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas, leadership strategies, and an opportunity to network with other gaming professionals from around the globe. This year’s program will take place from November 9 - 17 in Lake Tahoe, NV. The WGH/EDP gender diversity scholarship announcement comes after last year’s announcement of the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender [...]