Diversity gains at committed MGM Mirage

Mar 4, 2003 5:30 AM

Admitting that company workforce diversity has grown from a commitment to a personal passion, Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG), reported last week on the "tremendous strides" the company has made in the past three years at an annual "Diversity Report Meeting."

He noted improvement in the amount of ­­minority employees brought into the company, citing the workforce of 41,000 employees in 2002 with 51.6% minority, up from the previous year’s 50.4%. And, in that group, Lanni said, minority managers represented about 28% of the work force, compared with 26.3% in 2001.

"We take great pride in the rich diversity of our company," Lanni said, adding, "that’s why in 2002 we refined our existing supervisory training programs into a consolidated, company-wide approach. He also said the company maintains an internal promotion strategy called Management Associate Program (MAPS) that prepares participants for management-level positions by providing a highly-intensive and broad-based training program in an array of disciplines, including hotel, casino, sales and marketing, food and beverage and finance.

Lanni announced a partnership with the UNLV Hotel College to "aggressively recruit bright young minority students, both locally and nationally." He said the company was ­­motivated by the success of some of the company’s senior executives who are UNLV alumni. These include Dan Wade, vice chairman of the board; Bill McBeath, president of Mirage, Scott Sibella, president of Treasure Island, Cindy Kiser Murphey, senior vice president of human services at MGM MIRAGE, and Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM MIRAGE On-line.

The company will allocate $500,000 to the program over the next five years.