The 21st annual Executive Development Program for the gaming industry will be offered by the University of Nevada, Reno, Oct. 10-18, 2011, at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort, Lake Tahoe, Nev. Sponsored by the University's Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, College of Business and Extended Studies, the program's emphasis is "Confronting Challenges and Embracing Opportunities - Strategic Leadership in the Gaming Industry."

The only program of its kind in the world, the exclusive nine-day series is designed for gaming professionals in positions of substantial responsibility including management and executive leadership. Delivering state-of-the-art, industry-specific knowledge in an intensive week of seminars, presentations and interactions, the cutting-edge program utilizes up-to-the-minute case-study analysis to examine issues of critical importance.

Led by world-renowned faculty, for two decades the University's Executive Development Program has offered a unique educational experience to a diverse and dynamic group of leaders, graduating more than 900 executives from gaming companies and agencies throughout the world. In past years, executives from gaming establishments in Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America and South America have traveled to Lake Tahoe to exchange ideas, insights and knowledge key to strategic leadership and integral to strengthening their organizations to meet current and future opportunities.

The annual program is moderated by William R. Eadington, Ph.D., internationally renowned professor of economics and director of the Institute of Gambling and Commercial Gaming in the College of Business, University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Eadington also holds the University's prestigious Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies. The Executive Development Program's distinguished faculty consists of casino industry experts drawn from some of the most prominent casino operations in the world. Past faculty members have included Chuck Atwood, Larry Barton, Eugene Christiansen, Glenn Christensen, Harry Curtis, Bill Friedman, Bill Lerner, Larry Lewin, Gary Loveman, Andrew MacDonald, Phil Satre, Glenn Schaeffer, Richard Schuetz, Paul Steelman, Larry Woolf and Andrew Zarnett.

Deadline for application to this year's Executive Development Program is Aug. 30, 2011; early application is advised. For more about the Executive Development Program, call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1-800-233-8928, or visit www.gaming.unr.edu/edp .