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ebra Nelson is Vice President of Corporate Diversity and Community Affairs for MGM Resorts International. She is responsible for the implementation and communication of the Company’s diversity initiatives as well as community affairs and corporate philanthropy. Since joining MGM Resorts in 2005, Nelson’s dynamic leader- ship has contributed to the Company’s continued recognition for diversity best practices. Honors include being named one of the Top 40 Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise, one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas by LATINA Style, and one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc. Previously, Nelson worked for DaimlerChrysler in Michigan where she held successive communication roles in the areas of di- versity, manufacturing, human resources, employee and labor rela- tions, government affairs and corporate philanthropy. She also has directed car and brand communications for the Chrysler Group, launched a national diversity initiative for Mercedes-Benz USA and served as Administrator of External Affairs for Mercedes-Benz


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U.S. International. In that role, Nelson was instrumental in establishing operations for the global start-up, from managing the contract between the state of Alabama and Mercedes-Benz to developing and implementing government affairs, commu- nity relations, communications and corporate philanthropy programs. She also served as chair of the company’s Corpo- rate Diversity Advisory Committee. The recipient of numerous awards for corporate and com-


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munity service, Nelson was named one of the Great Women of Gaming by Casino Enterprise Management in April 2008. She currently serves as Secretary for the Board of the Urban Cham- ber of Commerce and sits on the boards of the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Ne- vada and the Las Vegas-Clark County Urban League. Her dedication to the community also has included service with the Detroit Discovery Museum, Salvation Army, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, United Cerebral Palsy and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Nelson also has held appointments in higher education and broadcast media organizations. As a Las Vegas resident, Nelson played an influential role in the creation of the inaugural Women of Color Conference, an event that attracted more than 500 minority men and women for workshops ranging from health and wellness to personal finance and career development. Nelson also founded the Di- versity Professionals Network in Southern Nevada. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


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