Emi Evans first started gambling in college, when she and her friends would bet on basketball games. After graduating with a degree in anthropology, she briefly worked for the lottery in New Jersey before landing a job at Caesars Entertainment. There, Emi helped open the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and developed what she calls “a passion for casino management and strategy” that still drives her today.
In 2010 Emi founded iGaming Business Forum (IBF), an event series where commercial operators of all sizes can network with gambling industry leaders to learn about new technology — including blockchain — money-laundering prevention techniques, regulatory compliance standards, and more. In 2013, Emi launched her second event series, the iGaming Women’s Leadership Summit. The Summit has since become a critical meeting place for women in the iGaming industry.
The Summit is open to men, but it’s primarily geared towards women. It was so popular with attendees that Emi returned to host another live event in London during September 2015 with an additional speaker track focusing on diversity and inclusion topics.
Emi secured the support of the International Center for Women Leaders in Gaming (ICWLG) to produce an iGaming Industry Report launched in early 2016. The report is designed to profile leading women in the industry and their roles, achievements, challenges, and career path. This research will be used by Emi to develop targeted training programs for women looking to get into or advance within gaming companies. It also aims at inspiring younger girls who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM related fields so they can see there are successful role models out there like them.