Dawn Reynolds Pettit-VP of Human Resources for Hard Rock Casino NW Indiana


A casino executive for nearly two decades, Dawn Reynolds Pettit is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. Dawn’s passion for developing talent and instilling a passion for learning started at an early age. While pursuing her master’s degree from Purdue University Northwest in Organizational Communications, Dawn taught communication courses and would remain on with the college after graduating as an adjunct instructor for several years while working in the healthcare industry. A decision to join the gaming industry in 2001 would change the course of Dawn’s life as she began to forge a career as a female executive in a somewhat male dominated industry.

It was during this time Dawn’s passion ignited as an advocate for other females inside and outside the gaming industry. Through this, her work as a mentor began, including being a moderator for two Lean In Circles. She is a community advocate both personally and professionally and has served on local boards and partners with community organizations for charitable giving and volunteer efforts. Presently, Dawn is a Purdue University Northwest Board Member (College of Business & College of Humanities, Education & Social Sciences), Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Girls On The Run.

Dawn has been recognized with an OnCon Top 50 HR Professionals Award (2019), Caesars Entertainment Excellence In Leadership Award (2011), and Northwest Indiana Influential Women Award in Tourism/Hospitality (2011).

She is a certified Lean In Moderator, Senn Delaney Culture Instructor and holds a Senior Human Resources Management certification.

Author to the published book, “The Highmore Circle,” Dawn enjoys a crazy yet very rewarding life with her family in Northwest Indiana.