Contributor Profile

Ann Simmons Nicholson

Job TitlePresident & CEO

Company NameThe Simmons Group

About
President and Founder of the Simmons Group, Ann Simmons Nicholson is recognized as an expert in Strategic Planning, Talent Management, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Training. She has provided consulting services private industry, government and in non-profit sectors. Clients such as Konami Gaming, Whole Foods, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, US Border Patrol, Scientific Games, as well as numerous non-profit organizations have all benefited from Ann's over 30 years of experience. She has been working in the gaming for 26 of those years. Having opened, expanded or transitioned from one owner to another 53 hotel casinos, manufacturers, cruise ships, water parks and furniture marts during her career she has worked with all the major players in the gaming industry including beyond those mentioned above: MGM, Station Casinos, SHFL Entertainment, Aristocrat, Scientific Games, Rio, M Resort, Palms & Palms Place, Mandalay Bay, Caesar's, and numerous Tribal Gaming Entities. Her work has included all areas of strategic talent planning and management including: management and supervisory training, executive coaching, all areas of human resources, employee training and development, public speaking and communications. Ann has the unique ability to partner with her clients and becomes an invaluable resource to companies seeking her services. A resident of Las Vegas for over 25 years, Ann serves her community in a variety of ways. She is a board member for Noah's Animal House, Communities in Schools, Women's Executive Circle, and an officer and board member for Global Gaming Women and United Way of Southern Nevada. She is heavily involved in the Communities in Schools National, The Core Academy, and the Keep it Alive Foundation among others. In addition to financial support, Ann donates scores of hours each year to numerous non-profit organizations helping them with Human Resource and training needs. Simmons is a graduate of Concordia College, where she earned a BA in Organization & Communications Management. She is also a Certified Human Resources Manager through the University of Minnesota Industrial Relations Center. She completed Stanford's Executive Education Program in August 2013.

Conference Sessions

  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Inspired by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

    October 16, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM, Veronese 2402

    Change is a part of life. And even though we know that, change can still be hard to accept and to work through. This highly interactive session will present cas...

    • Language: English

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