6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Mary will share some of her experiences and thoughts related to women
working in technology related fields and industries for the past 25 years.
About Our Speaker(s)
Mary has been fortunate to work in several industries in both IT and business departments. Her diverse background has provided her with a unique perspective about IT’s role and the value it can bring to the businesses it supports.
Currently Mary is the Vice President of IT Operations for Boyd Gaming Corporation. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Florida. Mary oversees operational and performance improvement opportunities for the IT Division.
Before joining Boyd in September 2007, Mary was the VP of IT Quality and Operations for Ameristar Casinos in Las Vegas. In this role she was responsible for the operational aspects of IT at seven properties and oversaw corporate SOX and policy & procedure development.
Prior to joining Ameristar, Mary spent nine years in healthcare, first as the System Director/CIO for Valley Health System in Las Vegas, and prior to that as CIO/Director of Information Technology for North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City Missouri. Each of these roles included responsibility for strategic technology planning, new system implementations, operational performance and centralized information technology budgeting.
Before her healthcare career, Mary was employed by Hallmark Cards Inc. in various departments including IT, New Business Ventures and Product Discovery & Development. Among her Hallmark achievements is the development of Hallmark’s ADVANTAGE Program which integrated digital technologies and process re-design to the process of artistic creation through production. While at Hallmark, Mary received the 1995 Cerviel Angel of Strength Corporate Achievement Award for Hispanic women from Vista Magazine and is a co-inventor of the Hallmark patent for Long Distance Greetings.
From 1981 through 1990 Mary worked for General Motors Corporation in engineering and manufacturing where in 1987 she led the team that developed Gold Plated Ornamentation for the Cadillac Division. In 1990 she was a recipient as part of the Fisher Guide Division Team of the Society of Plastics Engineers Award for the “Most Innovative Use of Plastics”. During her General Motors career she initiated and led the effort to standardize test procedures in the automotive industry through the formation of subcommittee D20.94.03 of the American Society of Testing Materials. She also served in key roles in many General Motors Corporate Committees and is a co-author of two industry publications.
Mary taught high school chemistry and physics for three years in Michigan prior to joining to General Motors .
She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Detroit with a Masters Degree in Polymer Chemistry and a 1978 graduate of Michigan State University where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Chemistry.
Event Date and Venue
This event will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at:
Tririga Corporate Office
6700 Via Austi Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
6:00 - 6:30: Networking (appetizers and beverages)
6:30 - 6:40: General WITI announcements, business, etc.
6:40 - 7:50: Discussion (30 min. each speaker, 10 min. ques.)
7:50 - 8:00: Closing remarks