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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Stanley

Leaning In to Vulnerability, Tough Topics and Bold Leadership

Last year, there were more women than men in the workforce for the first time in a decade. Fast forward to a year later, and we are facing a “she-cession,” due to the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately affecting working women. With four times more women than men leaving the workforce as of last fall, the clock has clearly been turned back.

Now, more than ever, effective leadership is needed to support the needs and professional advancement of women.

Tune into a special live audience recording at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas as host Courtney Stanley interviews influential leaders on the most pressing topics facing women in the industry, including mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion, office politics, and more.

Read on for information about the stars of this episode, Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International, Gwen Migita, Vice President Social Impact, Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Caesars Entertainment, and Melissa Majors, Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Majors Consulting.

Annette, CMM, MBA, is senior vice president, Experience for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), leading its community engagement, events and education teams and delivering programs for its 16,000 members worldwide.

She has an extensive background in the meeting and hospitality industry, serving in executive level positions for corporations, associations and non-profits.

She regularly delivers keynotes on topics including diversity and unconscious bias, promoting women in the workplace, and a variety of professional development topics.

Annette has taught at several universities including leading San Diego State University’s Meeting and Event Certificate Program, and is currently instructor in Leadership for their Masters in Meeting and Events Program.

  • She was elected Instructor of the Year at SDSU and inducted into the Center for Business Intelligence’s Circle of Excellence for her training and speaking.

  • She is an honoree for Women in Tourism and Hospitality and won the Coach Award for the Association of Women in Events and Planner of the Year for MPI San Diego.

  • Annette served on MPI’s Board of Directors, the board for the Kim Center for Gender Equity, and San Diego Commission for Women and Girls.

  • She was named to the MeetingsNet Changemakers list for her work in women’s empowerment.

Annette received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley and later received her MBA from California Miramar University in San Diego. She lives an active life with her husband and college-aged son in San Diego.


Working with more than 50,000 team members at 50 domestic and international resorts, Gwen sets the strategy and drives the management plan for Caesars Entertainment’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives including sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Responsible Gaming and community affairs. Gwen leads the industry in assessing macro trends and issues that may affect the business and development goals. She is on the forefront of utilizing customer data and spending behavior to show that strong CSR programs deliver purpose and a positive financial outcome.

Her work involves human rights, social impact, Environmental Social Governance (ESG), investor research issues and outcomes based on the corporate responsibility strategy. Gwen is currently the DEI Committee Chair for Sustainable Brands Advisory Board and on the Executive Committee of Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

She and her wife Cuc Vu enjoy parenting their budding social justice advocates: Max and Ava in their pseudo spare time.


Melissa Majors is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration but action as well.

Melissa is the author of The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders, creator of Melissa Majors Consulting, in’klooded® and Community Keynotes®.

She is an innovator and optimizer of education, inclusion and leadership strategies. She has dedicated her career to maximizing the business impact associated with these areas of focus.

Melissa is featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, Smart Meetings, The Meeting Professional, Northstar Meetings Group’s Eventful Podcast, The Event DR, and on the keynote stage at events such as Meeting Professionals International's WEC, The Northwest Event Show, Catalyst Events, Legg Mason’s DEI Conference and many more.

Melissa delivers talks on various subjects associated with leadership, learning and “blameless” inclusion.

She differentiates her content by blending research, neuroscience, purposeful stories and fun.


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