Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that Frances Frago Townsend, CBS Senior National Security Analyst and Former Homeland Security Chair, will give the keynote address March 8 during the Company's EMPOWER customer conference at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The well-known and highly regarded homeland security expert and TV personality will address the more than 600 attendees at Scientific Games' EMPOWER conference, speaking on "Leading During Turbulent Times: Remembering the 5 C's."
Townsend is currently Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated, wholly owned by Scientific Games Chairman of the Board Ronald O. Perelman. She works across MacAndrew's portfolio companies, focusing on international, legal, compliance and business development issues.
Prior to that, she was a corporate partner with the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. From 2004 to 2008, Townsend served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. She also served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush. She has received numerous awards for her public service accomplishments.
Townsend is an on-air senior national security analyst for CBS News and, before that, she was at CNN for seven years. She regularly appears on network and cable TV as a foreign policy, counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert. She also serves on several government advisory and nonprofit boards. Townsend is a trustee on the board of the New York City Police Foundation, Business Executives for National Security, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Scientific Games' private, invitation-only EMPOWER conference March 7-9 is the only event in the gaming industry that gives casino professionals exclusive access to Scientific Games product experts and insider information on how to best maximize investments in Scientific Games' broad suite of casino and interactive products and technology solutions.
The fast-paced three-day event, focused on gaming and interactive technology solutions, is expected to draw more than 600 casino operators from across the globe from departments which include executive management; accounting and finance; casino credit; slot operations; table games; compliance; food and beverage; hotel operations; IT/IS; internal audit; internet gaming; purchasing; and marketing.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend more than 60 educational sessions and how-to workshops, receive access to more than 20 partner exhibits, gain deep insights into Scientific Games' product roadmaps and strategies – and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.
EMPOWER sponsors are: PLATINUM — Tovis; SILVER — 3M, BCM Advanced Research, Everi Holdings, Simtech and Zebra Technologies; BRONZE — Axiomtek, Effinet Systems, Gary Platt Manufacturing, KIOSK Information Systems, NRT Technology Corp., Sightline Payments/Vantiv, Synopsys and Transact Technologies; ASSOCIATE — eConnect, HBM Technology Partners, JCM Global, Olea Kiosks, Sigmatron International, SmartSoft, Inc. and Touch Dynamic.
Conference registration is limited to Scientific Games casino customers, sponsors, and special guests. To register for EMPOWER, please visit Scientific Games.com.