Issue 12 - August 7th, 2017
Fan Those Flames
Don't you just love the creative spark that ignites when you are in a room full of your peers discussing new ideas, your latest successes and of course commiserating about common challenges? If you were gifted the opportunity to attend NASPL's Professional Development Seminar last month in Nashville, you understand exactly. But true professional development can never end there - it starts there! The challenge is to keep fanning the flames after returning to your office. For starters, make a commitment to put into practice or action at least five things you learned at the Seminar. Equally important, pass along the knowledge you picked up to others in your organization. Be an inspiration!
Speaking of inspiration, NASPL has been a perpetual source of education, network building and "ah-ha" moments in my own career and in those that I have had the privilege of managing. NASPL has become a cost-effective, value-added, one-stop shop for imparting the critical skills lottery staff require to excel at every level of our organizations.
Left: Powers Award winners that were present at NASPL PDS. Right: Rose Hudson with Allyson Taylor, the Ott Brown NASPL Scholarship Winner.
Toward that end, NASPL tipped its hat to several of these shining stars committed to their own profession and making our whole industry better because of it. Named after the first U.S. lottery director Ed Powers, NASPL's Powers Award was presented to these industry stand-outs. Join me in congratulating them on their achievements:
Director of Advertising & Marketing, New Mexico Lottery
Digital Engagement Coordinator, Missouri Lottery
Gaming Operations Manager, North Carolina Education Lottery
Promotions and Marketing Manager, Georgia Lottery
Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations, Michigan Bureau of State Lottery
Systems Administrator, Kansas Lottery
Senior Manager & Applications Developer, Arizona Lottery
Procurement and Supply Specialist, Washington's Lottery
Director of Operations and Technology, Illinois Lottery
Vice President of Sales, Louisiana Lottery
Communications Manager, Virginia Lottery
Security Investigator, Hoosier Lottery
Events Specialist, D.C. Lottery
Vice President Finance, Iowa Lottery
Vice President of Sales, Kentucky Lottery
Marketing Manager, Oklahoma Lottery
Director of Human Resources, Connecticut Lottery
Products and Drawing Manager, Texas Lottery
Out of all North American lottery and vendor employees, only two-tenths of 1 percent are recognized with a Powers Award each year.
In addition to these award winners, Allyson Taylor, Sales Trainer for the Georgia Lottery, received the 2017 Ott Brown Scholarship Award established in recognition of the late president of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to cultivate industry leaders by providing opportunities to learn and grow.
Award winners, your directive now becomes to amplify your success by sharing your "secrets" with your colleagues at other lotteries.
Next up on the list of must-have professional development opportunities is NASPL's 2017 Annual Conference in Portland, Sept. 13-16. With an intriguing agenda covering everything from cyber security to innovation to branding, the Conference also features break-out sessions for digging deeper, as well as a trade show to get hands-on with the latest trends in vendor products and services. With time for socializing, NASPL's Conference efficiently packs a big punch in two and a half days. See how you can "Shift Your Game" at www.naspl17.com.