The IGA have released the nominations for the 2011 Women in Gaming Conference and Awards and it’s a great collection of deserving women in the gaming industry.
The awards take place June 22 and promises to be an excellent way to showcase the women who are the backbone of the gaming industry. The event will bring together the best and brightest to recognize the nominees and congratulate the winners for their outstanding achievements in the industry.
At CalvinAyre.com, we are big supporters of women in the gaming industry and we will be the official video media sponsor of this year’s event. If this year’s WIG is anything like last year, it will be a fun night that you won’t want to miss.
Here is the list of nominees for the 2011 Women in Gaming Awards.
HIDDEN TALENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award goes to the woman whose contribution may not always be visible to everyone but has been invaluable and is highly appreciated by the group/organization.
Amanda Briggs – Sportingbet
Angelika Koller – Sportingbet
Claire Conroy – Paddy Power
Deirdre Curran – Parlay Entertainment Inc.
Ewa Kwiatkowska – Unibet
Francesca Rizzo – Betfair
Janet Viippola – Interactive Gaming Council (IGC)
Laura Nolan – LN Consulting
Magdalena Biernat-Heikkinen – Betfair
Manuela Brasacchio – Lottomatica
Stephanie Cheung – Melco Crown Entertainment
Odette Pretorius – PKR
Rookaya Saleem Fernandez – bwin.party
Robin Becker – Euro Partners
Teresa Tunstall – Gamcare
STAR OF THE FUTURE
This award recognises the enthusiasm and dedication of someone who represents the positive future of the gaming industry.
Anna Conley – William Hill Online
Aurora Merino Salas – WebGamingSolutions
Denise Roche – Paddy Power
Emma Lindley – GB Group
Erika Schwartz – PKR
Laura Craddock – Casino Product Manager, Rank Interactive
Maxine Gibbons – GM, Blackpool Grosvenor
Constance Hsu – Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Nicola Siveyer – Sky Betting & Gaming
Patricia Doran – Paddy Power
Rachel Ryan – Betfair
Sharneet Birk – bwin.party
Susan Mcguirk – Virgin Games
Zoe Evans – Mecca Bingo
LEADER OF THE YEAR
This award is open to all female leaders working in the gaming industry. She can be a team leader, manager, director, CEO, and the like.
Britt Boeskov – Unibet
Celia Ho – CEO, Limelight Company
Christina Thakor-Rankin – Virgin Games
Delaney Gordon – GM, Grosvenor Casino Piccadilly
Jennifer Weissman – Harrah’s Entertainment
Kathy Swindley – bwin.party
Louise Amos – BskyB
Lyndsey Barrett – Ritz Club Casino
Michelle Cummins- Casinos Austria International
Michelle Winfield – GM, Mecca Huddersfield Mecca Bingo
Patti S. Hart – International Game Technology
Sue Price – GM, Bury New Road Grosvenor
Susan Luke – OpenBet
Tamara Yaniv – Director, B2C Poker
Tracey Collins – Grosvenor Casinos Ltd
Wendeen H. Eolis – EOLIS wendeen eolis ent.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Any team led by a woman that contributed to the company’s success has a shot at winning this award.
Celia Ho – CEO, Limelight Company
Claire Osborne – Head of Bingo & Games Rank Interactive
Daniela Attard – Poker Affiliate Team, Betfair
Debbie Lawrence – Head of Fraud, Betfair
Kathy Swindley – HR team, bwin.party
Michela Bianchi – Mangas Gaming Betclic
Raffaela Eschert – Unibet
Tammy Schuiling & Shara Tamagi – Chartwell
Tracey Collins – GM, Grosvenor Casinos Ltd. Southampton
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes an individual for their commitment to encouraging, advancing and/or championing the progress and development of women working in the gaming industry.
Bibiana Woschitz-Bieder- Casinos Austria International
Ellen Learmonth – Mini Vegas Affiliates
Ms. Constance Hsu – Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Natasha Swanston – Head of Outbound Sales, Betfair
Nicky Clements – GM, Genting Casinos
Nicky Senyard – Income Access
Onika Russell – Ladbrokes
AFFILIATE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the woman whose leadership skills make her stand out from her peers.
Charlotte Barnett – Betfair
Claire Tribert – Affiliate Manager, Sportingbet
Daniela Attard – Betfair
Pallavi Deshmukh – bwin.party
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the woman who has contributed to the transformation of the business in an unconventional or innovative way.
Adele Lawton – Head of Jackpotjoy, Gamesys
Annie Melnic – Betfair
Jo Hindle – Sales Manager, Blackpool Grosvenor
Laura Probert – bwin.party
Noa Wolfson – AspireGlobal (Neogames)
Tracy Cohen – TCSJOHNHUXLEY EUROPE
MAN CHAMPIONING WOMAN IN BUSINESS
This award goes to the man in the business that is either a company leader or innovator that has, over the last year, shown a commitment to progress the development of women in business.
Andrew Mciver – Sportingbet
Andrew Love – Ritz London
Gary Loveman – Caesars Entertainment
Jim Ryan – bwin.party
Lawrence Ho – Melco Crown Entertainment
Paul Benton – Grosvenor
From top to bottom the nominations list is full of amazing and admirable women. CalvinAyre.com would like to salute the nominees and wish everyone good luck.