Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, responsible for leadership of the Company’s enterprise-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) policy, business strategy and initiatives, including the Company’s diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and volunteerism programs and its Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department.
Ms. James’ duties as leader of Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department include policy and strategy formulation regarding overall CSR, inclusion and philanthropy initiatives in alignment with the Company’s overarching business objectives; development of critical implementation practices and program execution; collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders; and cultivation of strategic alliances with key constituency groups. She serves as principal management liaison to MGM Resorts International’s Board of Directors CSR Committee, and the Chairman’s Executive CSR Committee. She also functions as key spokesperson for CSR initiatives and Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department. Beyond her CSR activities Ms. James is a director on the board of and special advisor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC.
Ms. James has received several recognitions for her legal accomplishments and civic contributions. In 2015 she was admitted to the American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. In 2016 the National Bar Association conferred upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2017 she received the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award at the HRC Las Vegas Gala for outstanding leadership and service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) community; and the “Make An Impact” Leadership Award from Las Vegas’ City Impact Center. Black Enterprise Magazine named her among the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity in 2016. Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015, and as one of 2016’s and 2014’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2014, the Las Vegas nonprofit organization Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction honored Ms. James for her philanthropic efforts, and with its Celebrating Community Badge the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada acknowledged her work to advance the roles of women in our society. In 2012, Uptown Professional Magazine selected her as one of the top 100 executives in corporate America, and in 2011 Black Enterprise Magazine listed her as a Top Executive in Diversity. In 20l0 she was credited by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.
Ms. James serves as a director on several nonprofit boards, including The MGM Resorts Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, Nevada Legal Services Inc. and Grand Victoria Foundation (Chicago, IL).
Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature in 1974 from Harvard/Radcliffe College after having received the honors of Phi Beta Kappa junior year, the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (then Radcliffe College’s highest honor for a graduating woman based on the graduate’s scholarship, conduct and character) and the lsobelle T. Briggs Fellowship for Graduate Study. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977.