20th July 2009

Leadership Development Forum Opens

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Seattle – I will be making several shorter update-like posts over the next two days, as time and battery power allows. As many of you know, I am in Seattle at the Women In Games Leadership Development Forum, followed by the Casual Connect Conference.

We are currently enjoying a luncheon at the Triple Door while Megan Gaiser, President and CEO of HeR Interactive presents a keynote address on the importance of leadership. A very entertaining and engaging presentation, Megan emphasized the importance of mentoring and developing talent, as well as encouraging girls to consider game development as a career choice. Megan gave a brief history of HeR Interactive, and then went on to talk about the Nancy Drew franchise and how it has helped to draw women into the industry. She also went over business culture and how studios can further develop the working. Several excellent questions followed Megan’s presentation which looked at different aspects of girls and women in gaming. I personally liked Megan’s statement at the end of her presentation  – “Creative Opportunities are Limitless!” …and so they are. It has been said before that we are only limited by our imagination.

I’m looking forward to a very educational and entertaining forum, and as I said above I will post updates when possible. For those unable to attend, the Forum is being streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/leadership-development-forum

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