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Women Leaders in Gaming Initiative Hosts 5th Summit & Announces Founders Award Winner

“Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen, and some wonder what happened,” said Wes Ehrecke, CEO of the IGA, of this year’s Founders Award winner Nancy Ballenger.

Nancy is Vice President and General Manager of Isle of Capri Casino, Bettendorf, and has been making things happen for Iowa’s Gaming industry for nearly 30 years. She was awarded the Founders Award at the fifth annual Women Leaders in Gaming Summit, held April 17 at Prairie Meadows.

The event once again gave women in Iowa’s gaming industry an opportunity to come together for networking and inspiration. Our keynote speaker, Tara Powers, Founder and CEO of Powers Resource Center, made her second appearance at the Summit and delivered another empowering message, this time about Intent vs. Impact. The takeaway was that respected leaders need to be able to connect with their team on an emotional level, and in order to do so, we need to know ourselves and the impact our approach can have on others.

Founders Award Winner: Nancy Ballenger

Nancy is Vice President and General Manager of Isle of Capri, Bettendorf and also serves as Vice Chair of the Iowa Gaming Association. Despite having a leadership role with the Women Leaders in Gaming initiative, the nomination committee was able to keep Nancy’s award status a secret. She helped launch one of the first riverboat casinos in the country in 1991 and worked her way up through the ranks from marketing and hospitality to learn all facets of the casino operations. Nancy has continued to make things happen as she witnessed the industry evolve from that first riverboat cruise to add new amenities with the largest casino hotel in the state, now managing the city’s convention center, moving to a land-based casino operation, and adding fine dining options and more.

The Founders Award inscription says it best: “Women Leaders in Gaming Founders Award presented to Nancy Ballenger in recognition of your tireless dedication to the growth of Iowa’s casino industry”. Congratulations, Nancy!

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