10 Questions: Gwen Migita, VP of Sustainability, Caesars Entertainment

10 Questions: Gwen Migita, VP of Sustainability, Caesars Entertainment

On the connection between sustainability and social justice, embracing her differences, and her love of travel.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 1:00pm

FORTUNE -- Gwen Migita was born and raised in Hawaii, and she says the exposure to the diverse groups of people who visited her home state sparked her interest in travel.

Her first stop: The rainy Pacific Northwest, where she studied marketing at the University of Washington. She then began a varied career in consultation and research, spending time abroad working in countries including Guam and Tunisia. Her marketing experience eventually led her to Las Vegas -- quite the opposite of rainy -- where she worked for QMark Research and Polling, a company that specialized in market research across many industries.

In 2004, she joined Caesars Entertainment, the group known for the Las Vegas casinos Caesars Palace, Harrah's, and Planet Hollywood. As she worked her way up through the ranks, Migita realized that she wanted to shift toward policy, where she could work on causes that she was more passionate about.

As vice president of sustainability, Migita is now one of the company's leaders in environmental impact and community affairs. In Caesars hotels, that goes beyond typical sheet and towel water saving programs to include soap recycling partnerships and the design of more energy efficient hotel rooms. She also manages an employee engagement program around sustainability and is an active advocate for the LGBT community.

Read the Fortune Magazine Interview here.

CATEGORY: Environment