EMCEES | MONDAY 31st July 2017
WELCOME | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Morning: Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat at VentureBeat
Afternoon: Carina Kom, Co-Founder, Crash Wave Games Come hear how to navigate workplace dilemmas and drive your business forward in a truly inclusive way from experts who have made diversity the backbone of their business.
9:00AM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
9:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Beyond Diversity: Mastering Bias Before the Robots Take Over
Jason Pace, Executive Director, Digital Future Lab at University of Washington Bothell We live in the designed world, and everything we think and feel is influenced by the designs of others. What happens to the world, and ultimately to the tapestry of human difference, when most of the people who build our reality are largely the same? This discussion highlights the urgent need to value a wider range of difference so that we can include more perspectives in the work that’s shaping the future of our species.
10:00AM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
10:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
PANEL: Bucking the Status Quo
Charles Babb, CEO, Fairchild Consortium
Josie Nutter, Software Engineer, Wargaming.net
Aina Braxton, Assistant Director, DFL
Juan Gril, Executive Producer, FlowPlayMODERATOR: Elizabeth Olson, Consultant, Strategic Marketing, PR & BizDev Consulting News media today is dominated by a fear of differences. Diversity, workplace equality, and international collaboration are challenged daily. This panel will focus on the need to invest in leadership for a cultural reformation. Panelists will share how they succeeded in a diverse-phobic environment, how they learned from failure to become wiser leaders, and tips for creating inclusive and diverse cultures.
11:00AM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
11:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Leading Meaningful Change
Darrel Rhea, Founder & CEO, Rhea Insight How can each one of us become effective change agents in our organization, advocate for creating inclusivity, equity, diversity and meaning for ourselves and our customers, and lead those conversations that mobilize change? What are some tools for summoning our own convictions for change, overcoming resignation, and building alignment with others? What language can we use to give executive leadership the confidence to authorize the change we see possible?
12:00 NOON | MONDAY 31st July 2017
12:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
The Art of Being an Ally: a Hands-On Workshop on Supporting Diversity & Inclusivity
Jen MacLean, Managing Director, IGDA Foundation In this workshop, Jen discusses a framework for understanding and interacting in situations where conscious/unconscious bias may create environments that are not inclusive, followed by team analysis of how to be an effective ally in common situations.
1:00PM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
13:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Indie Pioneers! The Path Less Traveled
Lindsay Peck, Producer, Imagos Softworks
Robin Hunicke, Co-Founder, Funomena
Lisa Brunette, Writer/Narrative Designer, Owner, Sky Harbor Studio
Carina Kom, Co-Founder, Crash Wave Games Making the switch from a stable, company job to an independent career is like striking out West as a 19th-century pioneer: it’s full of risks, unknowns, obstacles, wealth and riches, but if it ends badly it’s death by dysentery. Meet the indie pioneers who decided to take the path less travelled to create indie games and/or build their studios. Each presenter will spend ten minutes each sharing something important about their experience transitioning into an indie.
2:00PM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
14:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Speak to Persuade™: When Being Informative Is Not Enough
Vanna Novak, Founder & CEO, Speak To Persuade™ Delivering an informative presentation is one thing. Having the ability to deliver one that influences thinking and gets buy-in, is an entirely different matter. Learn how to deliver presentations that will maximize your impact, manage perception, and up your game.
3:00PM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
15:00 | MOTIF HOTEL | SPECIAL EVENTS
Sponsored by Gamesauce
3:30PM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
15:30 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
PANEL: Establishing Your Personal Brand Vision
Becky Taylor, Evangelist, Innervate
Brittany Hobbs, GM, Director of Research & Branding, PH1 Media
Brittanie Boe, Editor, TheGameWire.com
Kate Edwards, Founder & CEO, Geogrify
MODERATOR: Lisa Weeks, CMO, Hashbang Games If there is one thing where you can establish yourself as the authority it’s in the brand of YOU. Whether you are searching for a job or building your business, establishing a personal brand and vision is important, but how can we establish one in this digital age, when everything seems out in the open? Our panelists will discuss strategies for building a presence and how to separate oneself from the competition by embracing the uniqueness that is brand YOU.
4:15PM | MONDAY 31st July 2017
16:15 | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
PANEL: Bending Projects To Your Will – Project Management Crises and Solutions
Renee Gittins, CEO, Creative Director, Stumbling Cat
Arpy Dragffy, President, Director of Strategy & UX, PH1 Media
Evie Powell, President, Creative Director, Verge of Brilliance
MODERATOR: Anya Combs, Games Outreach Lead, Kickstarter Crisis in tech projects is inevitable. Producers and Project Managers are all too familiar with Murphy’s law, or whatever can go wrong will go wrong. How prepared are you and your team to handle change? Our seasoned panelists will discuss the methods they use to firefight and recover projects that have gone off the rails. We’ll review tips and techniques, practical tools, and preparedness plans that work in real-world situations for a wide range of projects.