2020 CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention is committed to providing relevant, informative, and valuable conference sessions to give you the tools and resources you need to help your business thrive.
 
The following tracks and sessions will be included in the 2020 Conference Program

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TRIBAL CANNABIS AND HEMP SYMPOSIUM 
Topics include:
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
The Politics and Policy of Tribal Cannabis and Hemp
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Regulating Cannabis and Hemp
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Business of Cannabis and Hemp
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
CASE STUDY: Puyallup's Tribal Cannabis and Hemp Enterprise Development 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Legalities of Tribal Cannabis and Hemp 
 

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SPORTS BETTING BOOT CAMP
Topics include:
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
The Politics and Policy of Sports Betting
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
The Art of the Deal: Finding the Right Partner 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Regulatory and Compacting: The Devil in in the Details
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Show Me the Money: The Business of Sports Betting 

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*Please note that Tuesday sessions are only included with the Super Platinum Plus registration option or purchased a la carte. A boxed lunch is included with the Tuesday sessions. Click here to review registration pricing options.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TRACK: CASINO AND RESORT OPERATIONS
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
A.I. and Predictive Analytics: What the Future Holds and How to Get Started
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Can A.I. Really Make a Difference on Your Casino Floor? 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Mobile First Player & Guest Experience: Transforming the Operations of a Casino Resort
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Understanding the Value of the Casino Hotel Guest 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Are Your Table Games Procedures Hurting Your Guest Experience and Bottom Line?
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
The Great Casino Data Revolution

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TRACK: EMERGING GAMING
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
The Future of Game Design
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Artificial Intelligence: Create Parity Between Regulated Tribal Gaming and Unregulated Entertainment Choices
10:00 am - 10:50 am
The Seventh Category of Casino Floor Games: Interactive Video Gaming

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Online and Mobile: Where Does Tribal Gaming Fit In? 

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Innovation: From Ideas to Indian Country Firsts 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm 
Esports: The Answer to the Generational Question? 

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TRACK: ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
How the Choctaw Casino and Resort is Uplifting the Economy and the Guest Experience
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
How Tribes Can Navigate a Guaranteed Maximum Price Contract
10:00 am - 10:50 am
The Sky is Not the Limit: Upward Development and the Future of Urban Tribal Gaming 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Implementing Effective Diversification Strategies in New Gaming and Hospitality Markets 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
The Design Build Process: Streamlining Construction and Mitigating Risk Through Integrated Project Delivery 

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Tribal Economic Development Corporations: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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TRACK: FINANCE
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Financial Reporting Update for 2020 and Beyond
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Moving Toward Continuous Accounting 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Building a Strong Relationship with Your Gaming Commission
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Auditing the Sports Book 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Cash Analytics: The Cost of Cash Churn 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Understanding Financial Statements: The Language of Accounting 

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TRACK: FOOD AND BEVERAGE 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Feeding Economic Development: How Food Sovereignty Supports Tribal Gaming
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Maximizing Food and Beverage Profit 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Developing a New Food and Beverage Program
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Filling the Gaps: How Can Small Casinos Provide On-Demand, Resort-Style Food and Beverage Services

11:00 am - 11:50 am 
Internal Control for Food and Beverage 

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
The Future of the Green Casino in Indian Country 

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TRACK: GAMING OPERATIONS
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Generation Z and Responsible Gaming 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Catch Me If You Can: How the Modern Cheater Outsmarts the "Smart" Casino 
10:00 am - 10:50 am 
Preparing for the Cashless Society
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm 
Achieving Regulatory Balance: Gaming Activities vs. Non Gaming Activities in a Gaming Operation
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Head in the Clouds? Getting Ahead with Cloud Technologies 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Open Source Software in Tribal Casinos: How "Free to Use" Software Could Change Your Business 

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TRACK: HOSPITALITY AND TECHNOLOGY 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Using Technology to Drive Customers to Spend More Money Across Your Resort 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Excelling in Hospitality: Technologies at the Core of Hotel and Casino Management 
10:00 am - 10:50 am 
Creating Collective and Immersive Environments for Your Property
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm 
Raving's Annual Indian Gaming National Marketing Survey: Learning from Industry 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Preventing Your Latest Hospitality Tech from Becoming Obsolete
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Muckleshoot's Tribal Development Exchange Program 

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TRACK: HOT TOPICS                       Sponsored By: 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Sensory Informed Design: Using Neuroscience to Shape Your Guest and Team Member Experience
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Pursuing Commercial Gaming Licenses: Lessons from the Front Line
10:00 am - 10:50 am 
The New Consumer Privacy Laws: Information Gathering and Consumer Protection
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Where There's Smoke: The Impact of Non-Smoking Constraints on Tribal Casino Operations in California

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Innovations in Class II Gaming 

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Growing STEM in Indian Country 

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TRACK: LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
U.S. Federal and State Gaming Legislation Update
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Tribal Cannabis 2020: Organization Development, Legal Climate, Regulatory and Audit Issues 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
NARF: Legal Updates from Across 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Empowering Tribes, Building Strong Tribal Economics and Ensuring Our Future Through the Native American Vote
11:00 am - 11:50 am
The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Indian Gaming: Beyond Reservations 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
The Responsible Approach to Sports Betting in the U.S.

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TRACK: MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT: HR, LEADERSHIP, WOMEN IN TRIBAL GAMING
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
3 Powerful Ways to be an Influential and Impactful Leader 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
The Evolution of Women in Tribal Gaming 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Leading Your Team Through Disruption and Change 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Leveraging HR to Impact the Bottom Line
11:00 am - 11:50 am
LGBT in the Workplace: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Motivating Your Team for Greater Efficiency 

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TRACK: MARKETING 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Direct Mail at the Speed of Omnichannel Marketing 
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Demystifying Media Advertising: How to Maximize Your Media Investment
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Data & Brands: 21st Century Odd Couple? 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Improve Your Tribal Marketing Player Worth Segmentation: Are You Using the Best Metrics to Market to Your Guests
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Digital Marketing in an Oversaturated World: Is Your Message Being Heard? 

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
What is the ROI on Casino Entertainment 

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TRACK: NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
NIGC FAQ Panel 
2:00 pm - 3:50 pm 
CJIS: Pathway to Compliance 
10:00 am - 10:50 am 
IT Threats Going Into 2020 
CJIS: Pathway to Compliance continued...
 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Critical Thinking: Enhancing the Internal Audit 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Promotions Fraud "A Case Study" 

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TRACK: REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Title 31 Anti-Money Laundering 2020 Omnibus
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Situational Awareness
10:00 am - 10:50 am
GASB 87 and Your Gaming Operation: A Practical Process for Implementation 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Volatility Analysis 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Managing the Relationship Between Regulator and Casino Management and Regulator and Tribal Government 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Overcoming the Licensing Challenges of International Screening 

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TRACK: SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE 
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Top Cybersecurity Challenges for Gaming and Hospitality Operations
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Facial Recognition: The Dawn of a Technological Epoch 
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Emergency Action Plan: Preparing Your Casino for Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Events
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
The Evolution of Law Enforcement and Intergovernmental Tribal Relationships 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Hackers, Crooks and Thieves: Are You Protected? 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Looking at the Essentials of Event Security at Your Entertainment Venue 

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TRACK: SPORTS BETTING
Topics include:
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Sports Betting in Indian Country: Big Opportunities for Small Businessess
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
NIGC's Sports Betting Bulletin: What Does This Mean for the Business of Sports Betting in Indian Country?  
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Sports Betting in Tribal Casinos: Indian Lands, State Compacts and the Internet 
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Lessons from Commercial Sports Betting 
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Licensing Your Sports Book 
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Implementing Compliance in Sports Betting: Making the Process Work

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

SHOWCASE SESSIONS AND EVENTS - CHAIRMAN'S LOUNGE ON THE SHOW FLOOR 
Topics include:
11:00 am
Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., National Indian Gaming Association 
2:00 pm
Purchasing Power Initiative
11:45 am
$2,500 Cash Prize Drawing
3:00 pm
Women Defining Leadership
12:00 pm
Food Sovereignty: Traditional Foods for Modern Times 

4:00 pm
Rick Hill Honoring 

1:00 pm
Edible Snails, Guitar Frets and Slot Machines: Investing Casino Revenue Tribe-to-Tribe
 
 

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Friday, March 27, 2020

SHOWCASE SESSIONS AND EVENTS - CHAIRMAN'S LOUNGE ON THE SHOW FLOOR 
Topics include:
11:00 am
Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., National Indian Gaming Association 
1:00 pm
Keynote with Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., National Indian Gaming Association  
12:00 pm
Philanthropy: The New Coin Handling Solution that Gives Back to Your Community
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
$5,000 Grand Cash Prize Drawing  
 

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*Please note that the Showcase Sessions are included with all conference and silver pass registrations.
Click here to review registration pricing options.

 

March 24-27, 2020
San Diego Convention Center