Photo of Melonie Johnson

In the spirit of empowerment, inspiration and encouraging women across all boundaries to recognize their own potential, Westchester County will be hosting its second annual WOW Conversations Women’s Empowerment Event at Manhattanville College. The event, held in honor of International Women’s Day, will feature Melonie Johnson as its Keynote speaker. Johnson, who is President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM National Harbor, possesses over 25 years of leadership experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, and is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and daily operations of the property located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. MGM National Harbor is part of MGM Resorts International’s regional portfolio, which also includes Westchester County’s Empire City Casino.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “The WOW Conversations event is all about unity, reflection and action – a tool to help women recognize their own capabilities, and propel them forward to accomplish what may at first seem unattainable. Melonie Johnson’s strong reputation precedes her, with an impressive career that includes key leadership positions at major properties across the United States. It is my hope that the women who attend this conference feel inspired by her words, and walk away with a new-found motivation to strive for better in their lives and careers.”

Johnson said: “I’m honored to participate in such a meaningful event and want to thank Westchester County Executive George Latimer not only for the invitation, but for creating a forum dedicated to empowering and celebrating women.”

WOW Conversations was created last year to bring together women of different backgrounds, professions and experiences, to celebrate community and the commitment to supporting one another. This year’s event will also feature a series of workshops. Among them are the following:

  • How to Manage Imposter Syndrome
  • How to Find the Right Career Path and Your Personal Mission
  • How to Navigate Male Dominated Industries
  • Finding a Work-Life Balance
  • How to Start Your Own Business
  • Learning How to Dress for Work
  • Taking Charge of Your Health

WOW Conversations will take place on Friday, March 13 at Manhattanville College, Reid Castle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To RSVP for the event, please send us an email at