PDS2021: Series I
June 22-24, 2021

 

The NASPL Professional Development Seminar is a unique event, developed to bring together lottery industry employees of all levels, in all disciplines. Specialized PDS workshops explore the industry’s primary job functions, allowing for candid discussions and information sharing among participants and providing attendees with tangible ideas about how to take advantage of the industry's biggest opportunities and find solutions to its biggest challenges.


 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

All times in Eastern Daylight Time
Schedule is subject to change

10:00am – 10:45am

Welcome and Networking
   
   

11:00am – 1:15pm

 

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Update

Janeen Hathcock, Associate Practice Fellow, GASB

 

Navigation Stage

 

Update on GASB’s recent implementation timelines, pronouncements, proposals, technical agenda projects, and pre-agenda research activities

  Accounting, Audit
   
   
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Data Security in a Virtual Work Environment

Darlene Brown, Director of Enterprise Risk Services, McConnell & Jones, LLP

Chris Williamson, Senior Information Technology Audit Manager, McConnell & Jones, LLP
Liz Meyers, Director of Information Technology Consulting, McConnell & Jones, LLP

  Navigation Stage
  Tips to raise data security awareness while working from home and remote locations
  Accounting, Audit
   
   

2:45pm – 3:45pm

 

Alternative Cashing Methods Introduced by the Ohio Lottery

Greg Bowers, Chief Financial Officer, Ohio Lottery Commission

Danielle Daley, Claims & Accounts Payable Manager, Ohio Lottery Commission

  Navigation Stage
 

Features the different ways Ohio players can now collect prizes, including mobile cashing, digital claim forms, and cashing mid-tier tickets at retail

  Accounting, Information Technology, Legal, Product Management, Research, Security
   
   

2:45pm – 3:45pm

 

Providing Post-Pandemic Assurance: Audit’s Critical Role in the “New Normal”

Michael Rasmussen, GRC Analyst & Pundit, GRC 20/20 Research, LLC

  Exploration Stage
 

Adapting your internal audit processes and tools for the future state of performance driven audits

  Audit
   
   

4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Adapting Accounting Practices to the Pandemic: Insights and Takeaways

Greg Bowers, Chief Financial Officer, Ohio Lottery Commission

Kathy Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Lottery
Dennis Nelson, Finance Manager, Lottery & Gaming Division, Nebraska Lottery

Moderated by Kathy Pyka, Controller, Texas Lottery Commission

  Navigation Stage 
 

Lessons learned while working in a telecommuting environment

  Accounting
   
   

4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Adapting Internal Audit to the Pandemic: Roundtable Discussion
Kerry Dye, Manager of Internal Controls & Audit, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

Charles Phillips, Chief Audit Executive and Ethics Officer, Multi-State Lottery Association

Mike Suggs, Director of Internal Audit, North Carolina Education Lottery

Moderated by Darlene Brown, Director, McConnell & Jones LLP

  Breakout Session
 

Open discussion on what has changed and how your peers have adapted their audit plans during the pandemic

  Audit
   

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

All times in Eastern Daylight Time
Schedule is subject to change

10:00am – 10:45am

Welcome and Networking
   
   
11:00am – 12:00pm

MUSL Pre-Draw Data Requirement Update
Robert Nitz, Director of Information Security, Multi-State Lottery Association

 

Navigation Stage

  To prevent draw delays after July 1, learn what data MUSL will require to operate a draw and why the data collected enhances the security of the game
  Audit, Information Technology, Research, Security
   
   

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Operational Learnings From the Pandemic
Steve Anderson, Director of Security, Nebraska Lottery

 

  Breakout Session
  Open discussion on the unique security challenges lotteries faced last year, as well as the solutions found, and lessons learned
  Security
   
   
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Two Development Calendars Are Better Than One

Brad Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, EQL Games

Austin Mayberry, Chief Technology Officer, EQL Games

  Navigation Stage
  Hear how a secondary development calendar gives lotteries the opportunity to try new things and the freedom to have failures without hefty consequence
 

Information Technology, Product Management

   
   

1:30pm – 2:30pm

In-Lane Sales: The Emerging Way to Sell Lottery

Ryan Mindell, Lottery Operations Director, Texas Lottery Commission

Amy Snell, Forensic Specialist, Texas Lottery Commission
Vipin Mohandas, Principal Product Manager, Blackhawk Network

Tom Oram, Consultant, IGT

  Navigation Stage
 

Learn from those who have implemented this option, with lessons from MUSL, security, vendor and sales and marketing perspectives

  Information Technology, Sales & Marketing, Security
   
   

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Level Up Leadership

Lena Scullard, Keynote Speaker and Program Designer, LMS Productions

  Navigation Stage
  Learn the five levels of human motivation and how they connect to the workplace, revealing the biggest misconceptions we have about leadership today
  Accounting, Audit, Information Technology, Legal, Product Management, Public Relations, Research, Sales & Marketing, Security
   
   

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Regulating Bulk Purchases

Joe Cosgriff, Director of Security, North Carolina Education Lottery

Ron Kessler, Director of Security & Licensing, Washington’s Lottery

Loren Lowers, Deputy Director of Security, Florida Lottery

 

Navigation Stage

 

Hear how three jurisdictions regulate bulk purchasing, featuring specific examples and details on how retailer bonds and delivery are impacted

  Security
   

Thursday, June 24, 2021

All times in Eastern Daylight Time
Schedule is subject to change

   
11:15am – 12:00pm Welcome and Networking
   
   
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lottery Challenges: The Retailers’ Perspective

Terry Presta, Head of Business, North America, Abacus International

  Navigation Stage
  How using innovative technology can help retailers embrace lottery as a valued category, resulting in significantly higher sales per store
  Accounting, Audit, Information Technology, Product Management, Public Relations, Research, Sales & Marketing, Security
   
   
1:30pm – 2:30pm

The Lottery’s Competition: Present and Future Threats

Gregg Edgar, Executive Director, Arizona State Lottery and Chair, NASPL Business and Product Development Committee

Khalid Jones, Principal, Kolier Group

 

Navigation Stage

 

Discussion on the changing competitive landscape in the lottery industry and the need for lotteries to be prepared

 

Accounting, Audit, Information Technology, Legal, Product Management, Public Relations, Research, Sales & Marketing, Security

   
   

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Draw Game Frequency Panel

Kate Airey, Director of Product Development, Maryland Lottery and Gaming

Cal Heath, Director of Research, Pennsylvania Lottery
Randy Spielman, Deputy Executive Director of Product Development & Digital Gaming, North Carolina Education Lottery

Glenn Strong, Deputy Commissioner of Games & Marketing, Michigan Lottery

Moderated by Mike Gonzalez, Director of Product Development & Data Analytics, Ohio Lottery and Tyna Saysiphaseut, Business Analyst, Idaho Lottery

 

Navigation Stage

 

With recent and impending additional draws in multistate games, product development and research professionals discuss trends and the future of draw frequency

 

Product Management, Research

   
   
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Technology and Cybersecurity: What’s Your Organization's Risk and Awareness?

Bryce Austin, Cybersecurity Consultant, TCE Strategy

 

Navigation Stage

  With organizations increasingly targeted by cyber threats and ransomware attacks, learn how to help mitigate the risk and keep your lottery secure
 

Audit, Legal, Information Technology, Research, Security

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