LAS VEGAS, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) was honored for achieving 27 percent female representation on the company's board of directors by the Women's Forum of New York at its third biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions.
The conference recognized forward-thinking companies that have achieved at least 20 percent female representation on their boards. More than 500 business leaders, including CEOs and Board Directors, government officials, media and thought leaders attended the event in New York City.
"We commend MGM Resorts and their work toward achieving a greater gender balance in their boardroom," said Janice Ellig, Co-CEO of Chadick Ellig and Chair of the event. "MGM Resorts knows that more women on boards is smart business and their success is an inspiration to others."
MGM Resorts has a well-established history of supporting and promoting diversity. In 2000, the company became the first in the gaming and hospitality industry to adopt a diversity and inclusion initiative as part of its standard business practices. In 2005, MGM Resorts was the first gaming company in Las Vegas to name a woman president of a casino resort. Currently, three of the company's eleven board members are women.
"We are proud to be named among other companies leading the way in boardroom diversity, and make a commitment that we will not rest on our laurels," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.
A CEO panel discussion on why and how top U.S. companies should strive for gender parity followed the awards presentation, and was moderated by Judy Woodruff of PBS' NewsHour. This year's event also included a symposium co-sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board.
To learn more about the Women's Forum of New York or the Women's Forum CEO-Sponsored Database, please visit https://www.womensforumny.org.
For more information about MGM Resorts International's diversity and inclusion initiative, please visit www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
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. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, 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. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
About the Women's Forum of New York
The Women's Forum of New York is the city's premier organization of women leaders. The invitation-only membership of more than 500 women, representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts, is dedicated to the advancement of women's leadership through programs which enrich members lives personally and professionally, through The Education Fund which enables talented women whose potential has been disrupted by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative, which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through corporate board participation. Founded in 1974, the Women's Forum of New York is the flagship of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of nearly 6,000 outstanding women leaders in over 74 Forums around the world.
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