How did you find your start in the industry and how did you arrive at your current position?
I worked as a waitress in Wests Leagues Club whilst studying mathematics at university. After graduating, I landed a graduate position at Aristocrat and have worked my way up to my current role as Game Design Lead. So, I have experience working for a club and a gaming manufacturer in completely unrelated roles.
Why is Women in Gaming & Hospitality so important to you?
Women in Gaming & Hospitality is so important to me as it has provided a range of opportunities for me to develop professionally. I have attended Step Forward Events, Networking nights and most recently, I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Emerging Speakers Program. I always leave these events feeling inspired and energised.
As part of the Emerging Speakers Program, I attended the Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia conference along with the 3 others selected for the program (Ainslie, Kimberley and Janelle) and we were coached by Josephine Dalton (General Manager – People Services, People & performance at The Star Entertainment Group).
This was a wonderful opportunity to meet other women in various parts of the gaming industry, share our experiences, build a supportive network and also watch panels and keynote speakers. We discussed what each speaker did well, things to look out for when giving a talk and the importance of diversity and representation.
These events/opportunities are incredibly important as they are inspiring, educational and provide tools for success.
How do you think Women in Gaming & Hospitality has changed the opportunities for women in the industry?
Women in Gaming & Hospitality has changed the opportunities for women in the industry by increasing awareness of the achievements of women in the industry, hosting workshops, talks, mentoring, networking and scholarships.
All of these initiatives are designed to empower, inspire and challenge women to reach their potential.
Not only are these events great, but the key takeaways and learnings are incredibly important and can be applied to developing one’s career. This will in turn lead to so many more opportunities for the individuals and betterment of the industry.
What advice would you give women working in the industry?
My advice for women in the industry would be:
- Follow what you are passionate about. If there is an area that you are particularly interested in, or a particular project, let your manager know. They are not mind readers! The more interested you are in something, the more engaged you will be.
- Set ambitious short & long term goals. If you are not challenging yourself, you are not growing. A growth mindset is so important when working in such a dynamic and vibrant industry.
- Don’t be afraid to take new opportunities – you don’t know when the next big opportunity will come by. Even if you don’t think you are completely ready, you might be and shouldn’t limit yourself!
- Treat others with respect. Always follow through with what you say you will do. Everything you do helps build your personal brand.
- Progress may appear to be slow. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t progress as fast as what you thought you would have. There are several other factors that may be relevant. Don’t ever give up!
What excites you most about working in the gaming and/or hospitality industry?
I love how the industry is continually changing, how the industry adapts to change and working with teams who are creating new ideas and solving problems all the time.