Women in Gaming 2017 Awards – Winners Announced

Women in Gaming 2017 Awards – Winners Announced

The 8th annual Women in Gaming (WIG) Diversity awards took place this past Friday on 12th May, 2017. The event, which was held at the beautiful Savoy Hotel in London, was a bright and lively success, awarding 16 incredible women for their superb contributions toward the business success of the prestigious gaming companies who employ them.

When asked how the evening went, many of the women who were interviewed were thrilled with the night's festivities. One woman said that "Tonight has been really, really good and it makes you realize how special women are in the industry, even though it's not really a feminine industry."

That's one of the main reasons why WIG is such a noteworthy and important event: to recognize the talented women and their achievement in an industry that for years has been predominantly male.

2017 Wig Winners

There were many smiling faces at the event, but none were smiling more than these ladies who took home the awards:

• Industry Pride of the Year - Sarah Sculpher (Caesars EMEA)
• Outstanding Contribution - Lydia Barbara (Microgaming)
• Affiliates Manage of the Year - Karolina Filip (BGO)
• B2B Excellence Award - Janine Woodford-Dale (Microgaming)
• Best Place to Work - Little Star Media
• Diversity Award - Play'n GO
• Employee of the Year - Sari Litchik (Playtech)
• Excellence in Customer Service - Leah Griffin (Mr Green)
• Hidden Talent of the Year - Sini Rantala (Videoslots)
• Industry Achiever - Malgorzata Cumber (NetEnt)
• Innovator of the Year - Maris Bonello (Kindred)
• Inspiration of the Year - Reyes Jara (Game Lounge)
• Leader of the Year (iGaming) - Shelly Suter-Hadad (Mansion)
• Leader of the Year (Land Based) - Jennifer Bowman (IGT)
• Star of the Future - Holly Ashpole (Aspers)
• Team of the Year - NetEnt Sales Team

For some of these award winners, this wasn't the first time they were honored with a WIG trophy. For instance, Lydia Barbara won the Star of the Future award in 2015. Last year, VegasMaster had the privilege of interviewing Barbara and other past winners of the prestigious WIG awards.

Unique interviews with WIG Winners

VegasMaster's special multi-interview with top female leaders in the gaming industry was conducted in honor of 2016's International Women's Day. We asked four incredible women - Ebba Arnred, Lydia Barbara, Mel Camilleri, and Caroline Klytseroff - five interesting questions and were very impressed with what they had to share.

For instance, when asked "Who or what inspires you and why?", Barbara had this to share: "Through my years in the industry, I have found that I enjoy taking an idea and turning it into something tangible. I love building things and making them successful."

If you'd like to know what inspires the other women, see what advice they have to give and more, you can read the unique interviews here.

Women continue to make their mark in the industry

Although women still have yet to level the playing field in the industry, more and more are getting recognized for their talents, thanks to great events like Women in Gaming.

Want to know more about women in the gambling industry? Be sure to check out VegasMaster's special Women and Gambling section, devoted entirely to female gamblers and industry leaders of the past, present and future.

About The Author

As both a player and a fan of strategy analysis in the area of online gambling, my goal is to share the latest information and news about online casinos and the games that they offer. My background was originally in writing guidebooks for the individual games, as well as for tournaments, but after a decade of that, I chose to expand my experience to writing honest, objective, and helpful articles.

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