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Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) Partners with MGM Resorts International to Combine World-Class Leadership Development with World-Class Hospitality

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) Partners with MGM Resorts International to Combine World-Class Leadership Development with World-Class Hospitality

09:20 EDT Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DALLAS (Business Wire) -- Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) is entering a partnership with The MGM Resorts Foundation, the non-profit foundation driven by employees of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading hospitality companies, to present the Seventh Annual Women's Leadership Conference. WFF and the MGM Resorts Foundation will collaborate on programming and content for the Foundation's conference. MGM Resorts launched the conference to help women achieve their professional and personal aspirations, and promote greater involvement of women leaders in community support. Past conferences have included keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities on a variety of relevant topics. WFF, which operates its own successful leadership conference serving the foodservice and hospitality industry, brings its long-standing proficiency and perspective to the Foundation's expansion of the programming content and offerings of this conference.

“We commend The MGM Resorts Foundation for taking such meaningful steps to support and develop more women leaders,” said WFF President and CEO Fritzi Woods. “With nearly 25 years of leadership development experience with global brands, WFF looks forward to working with the MGM Foundation to take its Women's Leadership Conference to a new level.”

According to Woods, leadership development is increasingly helping organizations define themselves as an employer of choice, a crucial advantage in people-driven industries which serve people. MGM Resorts employs more than 61,000 people in provision of hotel/convention, gaming, dining and other amenities at the 16 domestic U.S. resorts it operates; the workforce at foreign resorts that MGM Resorts operates consists of several thousand more employees. MGM Resorts has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and its community philanthropy programs.

“WFF has an outstanding reputation in delivering best-in-class content for leadership development,” said Phyllis A. James, Foundation Director and MGM Resort's Chief Diversity Officer. “As a global leader serving a huge employee base, it is crucial that we do all we can to foster the growth and development of our team members, which will not only enhance our business operations but also boost the quality of our engagement for the betterment of our communities.”

The MGM Resorts Foundation Women's Leadership Conference will take place Aug. 8-9, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, based in Las Vegas and beyond. Men who are interested in supporting women's leadership development as well their own personal growth are also encouraged to attend. For more information, visit

About WFF

The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry's premier leadership development organization with more than 20 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting, and more. Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit and Regional Connects as well as professional development and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry. For more information, visit

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, religious 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.

For Women's Foodservice Forum
Kelley Whalen, 312-274-3538

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