GGW Trailblazers
Presented by Sightline

We are told not to ask a question that we don’t know the answer to, out of fear of the unknown answer. However, in that advice lies missed opportunity for discovery, growth and connection. Trailblazers | Power of Questions fosters the curiosity and courage to ask questions and the strength and vulnerability to answer them. 

Monthly, Global Gaming Women will host a 40-minute webinar and invite a compelling woman trailblazer to provide her unique perspective to ten questions. Eight of the questions are always the same and two are selected by viewers’ vote. Overtime, we will collect a rich oral history of our trailblazers’ original perspectives on their exceptional journeys.

VP of Brand Marketing and Digital
Foxwoods Resort Casino

JANUARY 21, 2021 • 1:00 PM PDT

Trailblazer: Anika Howard

VP of Brand Marketing and Digital
Foxwoods Resort Casino

Board Member
Global Gaming Women

Anika started her career in gaming with a desire to change how the industry viewed technology - specifically online and digital solutions. Her passion for technology and unique perspective guided her career path and helped pave the way for many of the interactive positions that exist today. She started her career as a President’s Associate with Caesars Entertainment and created her own path in Interactive Marketing and Online Gaming - stepping primarily into roles she designed to support her vision of what was possible.

Currently, as the Vice President of Brand Marketing and Digital at Foxwoods Resort Casino - the largest resort casino in North America.  She leads advertising, public relations, online marketing, sponsorships/partnerships, web development, and social media for the resort.  She is also responsible for the FoxwoodsONLINE social casino and driving the strategy and vision into the expansion of sports betting and online gaming.   

Prior to her time at Foxwoods, Anika was a senior leader at IGT. She focused her expertise on strategy and marketing for IGT’s mobile gaming and sports betting services in North America. During her tenure Anika launched the first US iLottery site for the Illinois Lottery - giving Illinois residents the ability to purchase Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto tickets online. She later led the development launch of the Georgia Education Lottery’s iLottery platform. Finally, she led IGT’s initial rollout of MGM’s mobile sports betting solution in Las Vegas and New Jersey, launched the PlayDigital, PlaySports and PlaySpot mobile on-premise sports betting solution business units.

Anika was named one of the most Influential Women in iGaming by iGB Magazine.  She received the  Bronze Stevie Award Winner for the 2020 Marketing Executive of the Year, was named one of the “25 People to Watch for 2018” by Global Gaming Business Magazine, and won the “2018 Women of Achievement Award” from the Nevada Women’s Fund.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Information Systems Management from Arizona State University.

Katie Lever


Chief Legal Counsel • GGW Board Member

Katie Lever has been Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel to some of the gaming industry’s most influential operators and suppliers. In these roles, she’s navigated cutting edge legal, risk management, and regulatory challenges during these organizations’ greatest formative times, found creative solutions to complex corporate and strategic requirements against unforgiving timelines, and collaborated across corporate functions and across the globe, while cementing the trust of her teams, colleagues and Boards. She was the first woman Executive Vice President during her tenure at Scientific Games and its acquired entities, Bally Technology and SFHL entertainment, as well as in her position at Global Cash Access.  Recently, in her roles as Chief Legal Officer at Drew Las Vegas and General Counsel & EVP at Baha Mar, she created the foundational structure for the legal, regulatory and compliance functions for these integrated resort destinations. She has brought together her experience in FinTech, corporate law, and risk management as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the GBank Financial Holdings Inc., one of the top-rated community banks in the country.