Webinar: Problem Gambling Awareness and Advocacy. Our past, the present, and what the future holds $20



Start Time

10:00 am

End Time

11:30 am

About the Event

March 8, 2023 (10am-11:30am CDT)  1.5 CEUs

Problem gambling awareness and programs are lacking considerably in comparison to other addictions across the United States. Yet, there is no shortage of legislation and regulation to expand legalized gambling. This interactive session will examine an overview of problem gambling policies and programs across the United States. It will highlight ways that advocates can maximize legislation and regulation for expanded gambling, particularly sports wagering and online gaming to impress upon the need for additional problem gambling supports.

We’ll examine the value of grassroots advocacy and how to build effective coalitions. The presentation will end highlighting some of the biggest takeaways and lessons learned from advocating for problem gambling funding and services since the overturning of PASPA and concluding with a call to action for all problem gambling stakeholders.

Attendees at the conclusion of the presentation will be able to:

1 – Describe past, present, and future legislative and regulatory happenings around expanded gambling and problem gambling across the U.S.

-Identify statutory and regulatory barriers and opportunities for problem gambling services.

-What individuals need to be doing to create impactful and meaningful change for problem gambling policy.

Presenters Bio:

Brianne Doura-Schawohl is founder and CEO of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC, a boutique global government relations firm that specializes in problem and responsible gambling policy. She most recently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes over a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

Doura-Schawohl’s practice spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of achievements in State and United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.

Doura-Schawohl works with Congress and numerous state legislatures and regulators to provide expert advice on gambling policy. She continues to work with stakeholders on both sides of the aisle. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous international, national, state and local media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, ESPN, The Washington Post, and CBC.

Brianne was named one of the top 100 lobbyists in 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics (NILE), was featured as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2022 by Global Gaming Business and is an honoree of the 2023 class of 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming.  In 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Digital Gaming Advisory Group for the State of Hawaii and continues to serve on numerous coalitions. In 2020 and 2021 she was a guest faculty member for Seton Hall Law School at their Gaming Law, Compliance, and Integrity Program. Additionally, she continues to be a guest lecturer for the University of Minnesota, Global Institute for Responsible Sport Organizations. Doura-Schawohl continues to speak at many conferences and other public events on gaming policy in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Doura-Schawohl serves on the Board of Directors for Kindbridge Behavioral Health and serves as part of the leadership team of the NILE Next Gen Executives committee, a group committed to advancing educational & networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders within the government relations profession. She is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling military affairs committee.

Mrs. Doura-Schawohl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her family.


Continuing Education Units applied for:

  • Social Workers
  • WI Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services
  • EACC