We asked Janet Beronio, how she got started in her industry, what her big achievements have been, advice she has on how women can take the lead in a male corporate world, advice for women interested in climbing the corporate ladder and how she defines happiness. Scroll down for the full interview.
Who is Janet Beronio?
Janet Beronio is currently Regional President for Caesars Entertainment, overseeing the operations of Harrah’s Rincon (as well as serving as its General Manager) and Harrah’s Ak-Chin.
Beronio began her career with Caesars in 1984 as Associate General Counsel with Harrah’s Casino Hotels, where her responsibilities included handling legal, governmental, and risk management affairs for Harrah’s gaming properties in northern Nevada. In 1994, she was named Vice President and General Manager for Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin, the company’s first Indian gaming property. Taking on leadership of the property during its development phase, she oversaw the grand opening and led the property through nine successive years of growth, including the development of a hotel in 2001. During her tenure at Ak-Chin she built successful relationships with the tribe and she also became a well-known figure in the community, serving as a founding director of the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In recognition of her leadership, Beronio was the recipient of the Harrah’s Corporate Excellence Award, the company’s highest executive honor, in 1998.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Finishing law school and having the opportunity to practice law. Once I made the change into management, my biggest achievement has been being able to lead a successful business and watch others succeed.
Do you have any advice on how women can take lead in a male corporate world without alienating male employees?
Be genuine; don’t try to change who you are to fit in. Work hard and smart.
What advice would you give women interested in climbing the corporate ladder?
Find your passion and work hard to be successful at what you enjoy doing—“climbing the corporate ladder” should not be the goal. Stay curious—be a continuous learner.
Finally, happiness is…
Professionally, it is enjoying what you do every day and working with people you enjoy being around.