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Philly’s Casino Earns Top Honor in Women of Distinction Program

PHILADELPHIA—Oct. 10, 2013—The Forum of Executive Women and the Philadelphia Business Journal have announced that SugarHouse Casino has been recognized as the local winner of the Advancing Women Company Award. The award is part of the publication’s annual Women of Distinction program.

Women of Distinction spotlights the Greater Philadelphia area’s top women in business, plus two companies—one local and one global—for their commitments to women in the workplace. The Advancing Women Company Award was created last year to recognize and showcase companies and organizations that take the lead in creating a framework to support the advancement of women leaders.

Criteria included mentoring programs at the company, sponsorship of women’s initiatives, work/life programs, community engagement, supplier diversity, female leadership and affinity groups.

Since opening in September 2010, SugarHouse has been lauded throughout the gaming industry for advancing its female workforce. At SugarHouse, seven of the eight vice presidents and 55 percent of the leadership team—classified as director level and above—are women. In addition, 40 percent of the roughly 1,100 team members are female.

In addition to the 2013 Advancing Women Company award, SugarHouse has been named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” for three consecutive years, and a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer two years in a row.

“We have a great team and culture here at SugarHouse and emphasize the importance of hiring based on personality,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “We ask off-beat questions in the interview process because we’re not trying to fill a quota or find someone to fit a mold. We’re interested in assets that can’t be taught in training—good people skills, a sense of humor, energy, enthusiasm and a natural proclivity to serve and please our guests.”

As part of the recognition, SugarHouse will be featured in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal on Nov. 15, and honored at an awards event at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel on Nov. 19.

To see the full list of Women of Distinction winners, visit

SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 56 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for three consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years. For more information, visit

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