Behind the Scenes


On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 2 all conference participants will have the opportunity to participate in Behind the Scenes tours, special tours held around the city and curated by IWF Nevada. Please refer to the descriptions below – you will be able to make your tour preference during the registration process. All tours are scheduled to return to the Encore by 5:00 pm.”

 


At the Forefront of Brain Health  


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Participants will receive an inside look at the Lon Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s groundbreaking work as well as an illuminating tour of Frank Gehry’s architectural wonder. 

The renowned Cleveland Clinic has only four locations and one of them is located right here in Las Vegas. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a unique and exciting concept in medicine: a medical center dedicated solely to pursuing more effective treatments for brain diseases and providing state-of-the-art care for patients (and their families) affected by these diseases. Housed within famed architect Frank Gehry’s magnificent building, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health serves as a clinic and research center as well as an event space. It is home to the Lou Ruvo non-profit Keep Memory Alive., distinctly draped and wrapped with a mountainous metal-clad skin, faced in shingled panels, and punctured with a grid of windows


Allegiant Stadium, Home of the Las Vegas Raiders


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Come with comfortable shoes, ready to walk this massive facility, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at one of Las Vegas’s newest landmarks. See the Broadcast Booth, Ubeo Press Conference Room, Locker Rooms, get an up-close view of the Al Davis Memorial Torch, and even take a walk out on the field. Allegiant Stadium is a global events destination and home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. Completed in 2020 and open to fans in 2021, the $2 billion stadium is one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the NFL network and hosts world-class entertainment in addition to sporting events. The 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium will also host the 2024 NFL Super Bowl and generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million. See why Las Vegas is not just the Entertainment Capital of the World, but also a growing Sports Capital.


Back of the House of the Wynn Las Vegas


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Journey to the heart of Wynn Las Vegas—a bustling city just beneath the resort. Go “back of house” for a rare glimpse at the intricate orchestrations that go into creating ultimate Five-Star experiences for guests. After meeting in the Wynn Tower Suites Lobby, the tour will begin at the 24-hour Le Staff Café where Wynn employees dine, followed by a tasty stop at the lively Pastry and Cake shops. Take a trip into the beautiful world of the floral department with its own unique surprises and enjoy delicious samples from our Bread Shop. The tour culminates with a look into the busy environment of Wynn’s exciting and expansive warehouse.


Bellagio Fountains


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The world-renowned Fountains of Bellagio is one of the most iconic, memorable experiences in all of Las Vegas. This magnificent ballet of 1,200 dancing fountains choreographed to music and lights has made appearances on TV and in films and dazzled live audiences for more than two decades. It is also the most ambitious, complex water feature ever conceived, set on more than 8.5 acres and featuring an astounding 1,200 water-emitting devices that shoot hundreds of feet into the air, 213 speakers, and 4,700 lights on display 365 days a year. Receive an unprecedented tour to learn about the incredible work behind the scenes that has enabled this free attraction to perform more than 240,000 times since 2018. Hear from the team of 30 people, including engineers, pool specialists, and maintenance divers, whose artistic contributions continue to wow crowds in this one-of-a-kind aquatic marvel.


Cooking and Cocktail Demonstration at CUT by Wolfgang Puck


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Join Executive Chef Matt Hurley as he takes you on a private tour of Wolfgang's famous CUT kitchen at the Venetian and interact with him while he performs an exciting and unique cooking demonstration.

Immediately following, gather in the Lounge with CUT’s master mixologists who will
create artisan cocktails to complete your experience.


Glitz and Glamour: The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas


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This curator-led tour will reveal the treasures of the museum's textiles and research library collections. Marvel at the 8,000-piece collection of costumes worn by the famous Folies Bergère showgirls. Browse maps, postcards, and casino ephemera that reveal the history and new insights on Southern Nevada’s fascinating story in a special peek inside the Cahlan Research Library.  Inside the 13,000 square-foot permanent gallery, you’ll view view paleontological discoveries, including Nevada’s state fossil the ichthyosaur, hear stories of early state residents including Native Americans, pioneers, miners, and railroaders, and learn about the Hoover Dam, the atomic era, and the rise of Las Vegas as the resort capital of the world.


Inside the Joint Emergency Training Institute


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The Joint Emergency Training Institute (JETI) is a state-of-the-art center designed to prepare first responders on the federal, state, and local levels for the challenges of 21st-century policing. The tragic mass shooting at the Route 51 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, spurred community leaders to find a better way to train multiple agencies for large-scale events. Every weekend is a big weekend in Las Vegas, which welcomes 42 million visitors each year to enjoy high-rise casinos, concerts, national sporting events, and multi-day festivals. JETI takes emergency responder preparation to a new level using state-of-the-art simulator technology, with more than 80 partner agencies training together as a team. This behind-the-scenes experience will include viewing reality-based training in action and touring the shoot house, defensive tactics mat rooms, and virtual reality training room. Discover why JETI is destined to become one of the nation’s premier training facilities.


Mob Museum


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The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, gets to the bottom of some of history’s most intriguing tales, exploring the age-old dichotomy of good guys vs. bad guys. The Mob Museum historians Geoff Schumacher and Claire White will provide a history of organized crime in the United States, from ethnic immigration and Prohibition to the national crime syndicate and the Mob’s role in the rise of Las Vegas.This immersive experience explores the ongoing power struggle between organized crime and law enforcement from the Mob’s origination to today. Learn more about the efforts of law enforcement, prosecutors, and politicians to take down the Mob for more than a century


Neon Museum


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Founded in 1996, The Neon Museum is a spectacular convergence of history and art, dedicated to telling the city’s unique story through iconic Las Vegas neon signs. The Neon Museum has earned many top tourism accolades, including Nevada’s “Best Museum” by MSN, the No. 1 Pop Culture Museum and one of the 10 Best Museums in Las Vegas by USA Today’s 10best.com; and “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com. While touring the downtown campus, visitors can take in the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, home to hundreds of rescued signs, and the North Gallery, which features an immersive audiovisual experience “Brilliant!” where signs are brought to life. Be sure to catch a glimpse of nine restored neon signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. This unique slice of Las Vegas history is a must-see!


Rita Deanin Abbey Museum


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Rita Deanin Abbey was a prominent Las Vegas artist, teacher and author who often found her artistic inspiration in nature. The Rita Deanin Abbey Museum showcases 200 selections from her lifetime of creating art in diverse media as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. This intimate tour will be led by Rita’s family and showcase works that have not been seen by the public. 

Abbey, an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), taught drawing, painting, and color theory along with creating interdisciplinary courses in the sciences for 22 years. Living and exploring the deserts of the Southwest for over 60 years enabled her to develop a deep relationship with the forms and forces in nature, which resonate with Abbey’s own creative impulses. Before her death in 2021, she exhibited widely, completed multiple public commissions, and authored six books.


Seven Magic Mountains


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Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale desert artwork designed by internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Join CEO of the Nevada Museum of Art, David Walker, on a tour that will provide insights into the artist and the installation. Attendees will have time to wander through the installation and take in the magic of the desert. As Walker says, “It’s not a requirement that you know a lot about art to fall in love with the piece or to be moved by it.”

Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30 feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is located 10 miles south of the Las Vegas strip in the Mojave Desert. This one-of-a-kind art installation has received accolades from national and international art, travel, environmental and mainstream news media and has been called one of the most unique environmental art installations ever. 


Sparking Creativity and Disruption: Black Fire Innovation™


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Black Fire Innovation™ brings together Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), one of the nation’s top research institutions, to develop market solutions that fuel gaming and hospitality innovation. Black Fire Innovation™ has created a collaborative synergistic environment designed to spark strategic partnership, advance research, elevate student learning and entrepreneurship, and highlight an emerging workforce trained to excel in a rapidly evolving industry. The institute is proud to partner with sponsors including Adobe, Panasonic, Zoom, and Intel to bring this amazing center to life. The tour includes access to Black Fire Innovation™‘s business incubator, which houses a replica resort with dedicated software development and maker spaces, advanced supercomputing access, business acceleration activities, and leading hospitality and gaming labs. Get an inside look at its commercial kitchen, casino floor, hotel rooms, sports area, VR lab, and sportsbook offices.


The Springs Preserve


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Known as the "birthplace of Las Vegas," the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and provide a vision for a sustainable future. Stroll through the lush grounds, interpretive trails and colorful garden on this archaeologist-led tour. Participants will also receive special access because it will be closed to the public during the tour. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the site served as the original source of water for Native Americans living in Southern Nevada thousands of years ago. In 1997, the Las Vegas Valley Water District Board of Directors approved a plan to develop a preserve to protect and manage the cultural, natural, and water resources of the site. Learn more about the origins of Las Vegas from this world-class attraction.


Wynn High Roller Tour


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If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to be a “High Roller” in Las Vegas, this is the tour for you.

The tour will begin in the Tower Suites private driveway where our high rollers arrive in style in our Wynn Signature Rolls Royce!   Our Executive Director of Transportation will take you through the unique Wynn Transportation program and the amazing features of the Rolls Royce. Next, enjoy a private tour of our lavish Spa Villas with a special surprise from our Villa Services team. You’ll end this exclusive tour in a beautiful private gaming salon with a presentation on Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette by our Senior Vice President of Casino Operations.  


Wynn Interior Design Tour


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Wynn and Encore Las Vegas is a showpiece of elegant, storied design. Join Todd Lenahan, President and Chief Creative Officer of Wynn Design and Development, on a personal tour of the dazzling new venues and guest rooms that encompass this impeccable resort. At Delilah, Wynn’s modern-day supper club, re-visit the golden age of glamour with a space inspired by Hollywood and the earliest showrooms of 1950s Las Vegas that has become a celebrity hotspot. Guests can dine, socialize, and enjoy live entertainment throughout its many custom, curated environments that feature a rich, vintage aesthetic. Todd will discuss the Wynn design strategy and approach as you continue your journey through the opulent and cozy Overlook Lounge, then visit the newly remodeled guestrooms, which are serene havens of stylish sophistication. 


Walk Inside the Internet


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You will see how massive companies like Google, FedEx, eBay, your favorite media and entertainment companies, financial services, healthcare organizations, and government entities do business online by operating their critical infrastructure at Switch.  Switch is the independent leader in exascale data center ecosystems, edge data center designs, industry-leading telecommunications solutions, and next-generation technology innovation. Switch is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, protected by military-grade security, and guaranteed to deliver 100 percent uptime reliability. On this unforgettable tour, you will discuss sustainability, connectivity, cloud computing and the $7 trillion purchasing cooperative that differentiates Switch as the leader in powering the future of the connected world. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and each participant must provide valid identification and agree to security protocols before entry.


Wynn’s K9 Team


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Enjoy an exclusive experience with the four-legged members of the Wynn Las Vegas security team and meet the furry heroes that keep the guests of Wynn safe! Led by Ryan Millbern, the resort’s Senior Program Manager of K9 Operations, you will learn how the K9 team plays an integral part in the resort’s security and the extensive training that goes into the K9 detection unit. During this hands-on interactive Master Class, participants will not only be able to pet these professional K9s, but they will also have the opportunity to handle one of the highly trained animals during a fun, real-world training scenario. Ryan will also share problem-solving techniques, best practices, and even pro tips for dog training you can take home for your own canine hero.