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Executive Appointments Advance MGM Resorts International's Leadership In Diversity, Philanthropy And Community Engagement

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LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reinforcing its commitment to corporate social responsibility, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has announced the appointment of four proven leaders to newly-created roles designed to further advance the Company's Diversity, Philanthropy and Community Engagement initiatives.

Ondra Berry, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion Development; Patty Coaley, Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Development; Shelley Gitomer, Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Engagement; and Tony Gladney, Vice President of National Diversity Relations, have joined the MGM Resorts Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department.

"More than ever, our Company is defined by our character and our practice of corporate responsibility as much as our portfolio of resorts.  Responsibility defines our core values, our business strategy, our relationships with our stakeholders, and in the long run, it is the source of our competitive advantage.  For these reasons it is essential that we nurture and leverage this sector of our business to promote greater team engagement and synergy around our responsibility and our business objectives. We are pleased that our new team members will lend their outstanding talents to making our already robust corporate responsibility team even more dynamic in this vital work," said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

Ondra Berry, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion Development As Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Development, Berry is responsible for MGM's advancement of Diversity & Inclusion principles in Company culture and core values; continuous improvement of the Company's Diversity Champion Workshop and other diversity education vehicles; alignment of Diversity & Inclusion programming to support MGM's corporate social responsibility platform and other major employee engagement initiatives; and further evolution of the Company's pioneering of the Inspiring Our World employee musical.

Berry brings more than 25 years of experience in the disciplines of leadership, diversity and inclusion, and organizational change management, commencing during his tenure with the Reno, NV Police Department. For the past 10 years, Berry has served as a consultant to MGM Resorts – first as a co-founder and partner of Guardian Quest and thereafter independently – for provision of its ground-breaking Diversity Champion Workshop.  Since 2001 he has played a primary role in development of the policy, strategy and procedures for nationwide diversity and inclusion implementation for over 100,000 members of the U.S. Air National Guard, for which efforts he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. Berry currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chief General of the National Guard Bureau, who represents that branch of our Armed Services on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He is also now a General-Select, having been approved by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of General of the Air National Guard.   

Berry has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career, including Reno Police Department Officer of the Year, Air National Guard Airman of the Year and the NAACP Community Award.

Patty Coaley, Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Development As Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion Development, Coaley will work with Berry and other team members to develop methods for furthering Diversity & Inclusion values in the Company's culture in conjunction with other MGM core values. Additionally, she will support organizational development initiatives, including employee engagement and guest service enhancements. 

Since 2010, Coaley has served as Director of Diversity Education at the MGM Resorts University, overseeing MGM Resorts' Diversity Champion Workshop, which under her leadership facilitated the training and graduation of nearly 5,000 MGM Resorts Diversity Champions. She was also the primary creative force in the development of the Inspiring Our World show, the company's first-ever employee show aimed at educating all 62,000 company employees on its mission and core values, as well as its culture of diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and community support and environmental sustainability.

Coaley joined MGM Resorts in 1993. Prior to leading the Diversity Champion Workshop, for ten years she served in multiple marketing roles, including Director of Marketing at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

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