LuAnn Pappas


As one of just two female casino operators on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, LuAnn Pappas is often the only woman in 
the room. But instead of accepting this fact, Pappas directs her over 30 years of experience in the gaming industry toward diversifying its workforce, by identifying, mentoring and developing talented women for leadership opportunities in her role as CEO of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort. Since more gaming revenue is derived from more female consumers than male, Pappas wonders how much more successful the industry could be if its workforce reflected these demographics. Pappas’ father instilled in her the philosophy, “Be fair, be firm, be disciplined and never ever quit what you start.” She adds, “We cannot afford for another century to go by without recognizing the value of more female leaders in gaming.”



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