Sonya-PadgettSonya Padgett, manager of corporate communications for MGM Resorts International, strengthens the brand of the company by promoting its reputation and leadership in social responsibility among targeted business, community, consumer and media audiences. Padgett, who joined MGM Resorts in 2013, also supports the communications and staffing responsibilities for the company’s senior executives. She is a national award-winning writer with nearly 20 years of experience in journalism and public relations, having written as a staff reporter and freelancer for a number of publications including Smithsonian Magazine, Newsday, the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Padgett served in the U.S. Air Force, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, had a stint in graduate school and is an active member of her local LGBT community.