About: Patty Coaley, Ph.D.

  • Role : Senior Consultant

Dr. Coaley has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, where her career spanned from marketing executive to leadership development facilitator. She joined MGM Resorts in 1993, first serving in multiple marketing roles, including Director of Marketing at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

Her marketing career led her to a role as a leadership facilitator, and she was promoted to Director of Diversity Education at the MGM Resorts University, overseeing MGM Resorts’ Diversity Champion Workshop, which under her leadership facilitated the training and graduation of nearly 6,000 MGM Resorts Diversity Champions. She was also the primary creative force in the development of Inspiring Our World, the company’s first-ever employee show aimed at educating all 62,000 company employees on its mission and core values, as well as its culture of diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, community support and environmental sustainability.

In 2009, Dr. Coaley received the Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award by Casino Enterprise Management magazine. She is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International and is a certified facilitator of Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” 3-Day Signature Program and DiSC© Profile.

Dr. Coaley earned her Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she earned a B.A. in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and a M.A. in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Mass Media Research.