Phyllis James

Best Practices and Pitfalls of Diversity Initiatives


By: Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
May 26, 2016

Now, more than ever, Corporate America embraces Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) as a business imperative.

A Look Back: 15 Years Celebrating Diversity

MGM Resorts International Video Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Company's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of its Diversity Initiative, MGM Resorts International takes a look back at the program's beginning, commitments and overall impact.

Breaking Boundaries to Conquer the Business World


When it comes to succeeding in business, perseverance and hard work go a long way. But sometimes achieving your goals means rejecting the status quo.

Growing up in Washington, D.C., Phyllis James looked to her teachers as role models. She excelled in the classroom, recognizing a solid education could help her move ahead. After college, while continuing her studies, she also realized settling for a typical career was simply not an option.

Diversity & Inclusion: MGM Resorts Named to List of "Best Companies for Diversity" | January 2015 CSR Newsletter


For the eighth year, Black Enterprise magazine has named MGM Resorts among the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” in the U.S. for its diversity and inclusion practices. It is the only company in the gaming industry – and the only company in Nevada – to be named to the magazine’s list this year.

Philanthropy & Community Engagement: 2014 Food Drive Results in Big Win for the Las Vegas Community | December 2014 CSR Newsletter


Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square Food Bank, was nearly at a loss for words to describe the results of this year's MGM Resorts Canned Food Drive totals.

"The first year (of the food drive), I said I was impressed. The second year, you exceeded our expectations. Last year blew us away. What can I say this year? Keep this up, and we'll need another warehouse," he said.

Diversity & Inclusion: Phyllis James Named Among Most Influential US Business Women | December 2014 CSR Newsletter


MGM Resorts own Executive Vice President Special Counsel-Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer has been named to an elite list of the top influential women in corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

Phyllis James is on the list that includes Ursula Burns, Chairperson and CEO of Xerox; Rosalind G. Brewer, President and CEO of Sam's Club and Wal-Mart Stores; and Carla Harris, Vice Chair of Global Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley, among many others.

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