Understanding The Need & Setting Your Course: United Way of Southern Nevada's Community Assessment
Date: March 13, 2013
Location: United Way of Southern Nevada, 5830 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103
Presented by: Cass Palmer, United Way
Pre-registration is required by March 11 at 5:00 pm
- Catering provided by Nora's Italian Cuisine
- $20 Members / $30 Non-Members
About the Presentation
United Way of Southern Nevada has historically fielded a large scale Community Assessment every few years. Given the dynamic changes in our community over the past two years, it was critical that UWSN get back into the field to understand the unique factors and recent changes so that real-time solutions are put into place. With the help of Applied Analysis and The Lincy Institute, UWSN has brought together best practices in academic, economic and policy research in its UWSN 2012 Community Assessment, Phase I, which was completed in the Fall.
Voices from all around the community were heard, from opinion leaders, the general population and the at-risk population. It was critical that the methodology allow for multiple points of view so as to understand the nuances that affect varying populations. These results will help set the course for many smaller non-profits and governmental agencies. Phase II is currently underway.
United Way Worldwide continually embarks on national large scale research initiatives which help guide and shape the path of Worldwide Initiatives and give a megaphone to a variety of constituents including donors, recipients, employees, volunteers and community partners. It is this continual feedback loop that makes United Way what it is, an organization steeped in history and heritage, yet one that continually seeks new input from our community and experts, driving community change based on real issues.
Local United Way chapters formulate their local agendas with the help of this National research, yet many, like United Way of Southern Nevada, take it a step further to get an accurate read of our local community issues through the eyes of our many constituents.
About the Presenter
Cass Palmer brings more than 23 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, government and political arenas, non-profit organizations and union environments to his new role. Before joining United Way, Palmer was the senior vice president, chief human resource officer at Tropicana Entertainment Inc. During his tenure, he played an integral part in restructuring Tropicana Entertainment, which was the first major company in the gaming industry to successfully complete a Chapter 11 reorganization.
Palmer has also worked as the corporate vice president of human resources for Olympia Gaming LLC/ Southern Highlands Development Corporation, the corporate vice president of human resources for Boyd Gaming Corporation and the senior vice president of human resources at Bally's/Park Place Entertainment. having sat on the board for 14 years, Cass' transition to United Way of Southern Nevada was a very natural one.
As a trained H.R executive, Cass is a natural consensus builder, a good listener, and a mentor, one who brings energy and a positive outlook to all he does. Keenly intuitive and sociable, Cass loves getting out into the community and listening to our partners, volunteers, donors and stakeholders to understand how they envision the future of Southern Nevada.