UNLV International Gaming Institute Young Executive Scholars (YES) Program

UNLV International Gaming Institute Young Executive Scholars (YES) Program


The core of Las Vegas and the growth of Las Vegas and the future of Las Vegas depends on talent.
The International Gaming Institute is about looking at the future, the future of gaming, the future of tourism,
the future of our city and making sure that all of our young men and women have an
opportunity to play a role in this very vibrant industry. Every day we learn something new about
how our backyard in Las Vegas is really different than what I thought it was. It changed my whole view because I used to think that
everyone was a local, and now I think, like wow…it’s crazy
how much money they make off tourism.
I didn’t even think it was referred to as gaming, like that’s what it was called. I didn’t know how big of a deal it was.
I don’t think there’s anything that ever surprises me about
young people except how
visionary and open and excited
they are the new ideas.
It was amazing, like we went inside to backstage where
nobody goes except the employees.
We’ve been having guest speakers coming in to just talk about the different areas in which they work in the industry and
how they all work together.
What they went through to get that position there…
I just thought, “Oh, you got your degree, you can go apply,”
but it’s harder than that.
Knowing that they didn’t give up on their dreams…
And the best talent, people who grow up here, have an
understanding of what life is like in Las Vegas and then the talent they can bring to create experiences
that keep people coming back in the millions of numbers.
I’m taking on the marketing part of the project. Figuring out
how we market our building and where we will market it.
What can impress the judges?
Like what are we going to have inside of our hotel that is going to make them say, “Wow!”
We try to figure out what it is that
younger generations would be interested in. What our group thought about was technology.
I have to do social media because everybody uses social media nowadays.
and I think is our obligation and our responsibility to make sure we give them all of the
ability to dream and understand they can be a part of this incredible city.
I specifically joined the program so I could think about everything
and see what actually catches my interest. It involves, like, architecture, and
it’d just be amazing to be able to hear people say, “Wow! That’s just an amazing building.”
What most excites me is just seeing the
expressions of people who haven’t been here.
I think it’s a really great program for younger generations like us, who really need it.
Giving a young mind the platform and the
opportunity to have a voice. Once they have a voice, we’re never going to be short of ideas.

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