ECA awards two Executive Development Programme scholarships

| By Marese O'Hagan
The European Casino Association (ECA) has awarded this year's ECA Diversity Scholarship to two candidates, Kirsi Karola Lagus and Celine Alberola.

The scholarship, which is now in its fifth year, is sponsored by Clarion Gaming, AGEM and the UNLV International Gaming Institute.

It is open to all ECA member employees. Lagus is an employee at Veikkaus, Finland’s lottery monopoly, while Alberola works at Casino de Monte-Carlo, owned by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, in Monaco.

Scholarship awardees will participate in the Executive Development Programme (EDP), a leadership course which is held at Lake Tahoe in the US. The scholarship covers the full cost of the programme.

“Now in its fifth year, the ECA scholarship programme has grown in renown among European casino executives who recognise the wider learnings offered by the Executive Development Programme to the daily roles of our hard-working employees,” said ECA chairman Per Jaldung.

“The ECA has awarded two outstanding candidates, from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and Veikkaus, to take part in the programme to promote the individual growth of gaming professionals who, through their actions, have supported and enhanced diversity and inclusion within the industry.”

The EDP is the result of a partnership between the UNLV International Gaming Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies.

“The land-based casino sector is, by definition, an in-person industry, and so the return of the Executive Development Programme to the picturesque surroundings of Lake Tahoe is a significant moment for the casino sector,” said Hermann Pamminger, general secretary of the ECA.

“It is with great satisfaction that the ECA has awarded two diversity scholarships in 2022, at a value of €12,000 each, as a reward for the dedication and career-orientated focus of two casino professionals who will gain unique knowledge and insights from the EDP to utilise in their everyday roles.

“We look forward to charting the progress of Kirsi and Celine and wish them both every success in the future.”

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