LAS VEGAS, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The MGM Resorts Foundation (the "Foundation") donated the proceeds from its 2018 Annual Women's Leadership Conference to The Shade Tree ‒ the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. The largest shelter of its kind in Nevada, the agency's 364 permanent beds provide over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of their clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of Shade Tree's service population.
The donated funds represented proceeds after costs from the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference (WLC), a Foundation signature event. A distinctive feature of the annual women's conference – beyond providing professional development to attendees – is the donation of conference proceeds to local nonprofits that aid women and children.
The donation was announced during Women's History Month at the Foundation's annual "Women Inspiring Women" event that convenes WLC supporters and other community leaders to present the prior year's conference donation and launch the current year's conference.
At the event, Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, delivered remarks on MGM Resorts' commitment to women, the importance of celebrating Women's History Month and this year's Women's Leadership Conference.
"Women's equality is not just a women's issue ‒ it is a business issue, a societal issue, and a global issue. I am very proud that MGM Resorts is a progressive company that truly supports women and has led the gaming and hospitality industry in appointing women to breakthrough roles such as resort presidents, executive chefs and company pilots," said Ms. James. "Our Women's Leadership Conference is a concrete expression of our Foundation's and MGM's commitment to development of women leaders in all walks of life in our community."
This year WLC will be held at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas Aug. 5 and 6. According to organizers, registrations are selling quickly. Early registration pricing of $449 runs through April 30; after that, the cost will increase to $549. Registration includes the two-day conference and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand's banquet team.
The mission of WLC is to provide women and men who attend the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. WLC offers inspirational role models, prominent motivational speakers, coaches and technical skills experts and networking opportunities to equip participants with strategies and tools to improve their personal and professional lives.
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.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 83,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.
SOURCE MGM Resorts Foundation