ST. LOUIS - Virginia McDowell, president and chief operating officer of Isle of Capri Casinos, will present "Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Lessons in Executive Leadership," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business, 3674 Lindell Blvd. The program will be followed by networking and cocktails.
The event, sponsored by the University's Gruenberg Society: Women Making a Difference, is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To RSVP, click here or call (314) 977-2248.
Parking is available in the University garage at Grand and Laclede. Metered parking is available on Lindell.
About Virginia McDowell: Virginia McDowell has served as president and chief operating officer for Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. since July 2007. Among the top 10 publicly-traded gaming corporations, she is the only female president and COO. In January 2011, the company announced that she would transition to the role of chief executive officer by the end of the year.
A 30-year veteran of the gaming industry, McDowell has proven leadership experience in both regional and destination markets with success in the areas of operations, information technology, business development and marketing. She spent 16 years working in the Atlantic City market, and from 2005-2007 served as executive vice president and chief information officer for Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.
Community service has long been a part of McDowell's life. She currently serves on the board of directors at Haven House St. Louis and also was a founding member of Winning Women, a partnership with the St. Louis County Economic Council. A 1980 graduate of Temple University, McDowell serves as the first female board member of the American Gaming Association. She also is a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis, a board member at Churchill Center and School, and a member of the Saint Louis University board of trustees.
About the Gruenberg Society: Formed in 2006, the Gruenberg Society is named in honor of Gladys Gruenberg, Ph.D., professor emerita in economics, who was the first tenured female faculty member at SLU's John Cook School of Business. She also served as director of the women's MBA program and led efforts to provide scholarship funding and personal development for female MBA students. With more than 3,200 alumnae in the St. Louis area alone, the Society aims to reconnect alumnae with the school and other local business women. The society also is open to friends of the University through sponsorship by a current Gruenberg member.
The society's mission is to celebrate the significance and impact of women through valuable networking, professional development and social events. A goal of the society is to establish a future endowed professorship in the name of Gladys Gruenberg.
For more information about the Gruenberg Society, contact Caroline Kaikati @ email@example.com or (314) 977-4103