Lectures from Casual Connect USA 2017



DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
MONDAY 31 JULY 2017.

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EMCEES | MONDAY 31st July 2017
WELCOME | MOTIF HOTEL | DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME


EMCEES
Morning: Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat at VentureBeat
Afternoon: Carina Kom, Co-Founder, Crash Wave Games

 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 10:00:002017-07-31 17:15:00America/Los_AngelesSYMPOSIUM WELCOME | Casual Connect SessionEMCEES | 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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
 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 09:00:002017-07-31 9:55:00America/Los_AngelesBeyond Diversity: Mastering Bias Before the Robots Take Over | Casual Connect SessionJason 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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, FlowPlay
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Olson, Consultant, Strategic Marketing, PR & BizDev Consulting

 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 10:00:002017-07-31 10:55:00America/Los_AngelesPANEL: Bucking the Status Quo | Casual Connect SessionCharles Babb, CEO, Fairchild Consortium | Josie Nutter, Software Engineer, Wargaming.net | Aina Braxton, Assistant Director, DFL | Juan Gril, Executive Producer, FlowPlay
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Olson, Consultant, Strategic Marketing, PR and 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.
MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org


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
 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 11:00:002017-07-31 11:55:00America/Los_AngelesLeading Meaningful Change | Casual Connect SessionDarrel Rhea, Founder and 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? —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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
 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 12:00:002017-07-31 12:55:00America/Los_AngelesThe Art of Being an Ally: a Hands-On Workshop on Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity | Casual Connect SessionJen 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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

 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 13:00:002017-07-31 13:55:00America/Los_AngelesIndie Pioneers! The Path Less Traveled | Casual Connect SessionLindsay 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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™
 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 14:00:002017-07-31 14:55:00America/Los_AngelesSpeak to Persuade™: When Being Informative Is Not Enough | Casual Connect SessionVanna Novak, Founder and 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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

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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

 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 15:30:002017-07-31 16:15:00America/Los_AngelesPANEL: Establishing Your Personal Brand Vision | Casual Connect SessionBecky Taylor, Evangelist, Innervate | Brittany Hobbs, GM, Director of Research and Branding, PH1 Media | Brittanie Boe, Editor, TheGameWire.com | Kate Edwards, Founder and 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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

 speaker details   add session2017-07-31 16:15:002017-07-31 17:15:00America/Los_AngelesPANEL: Bending Projects To Your Will – Project Management Crises and Solutions | Casual Connect SessionRenee Gittins, CEO, Creative Director, Stumbling Cat | Arpy Dragffy, President, Director of Strategy and 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. —————— CALENDAR USAGE NOTES: THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TO THE TIMEZONE OF YOUR CALENDAR. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST USING A CALENDAR WITH TIMEZONE (GMT -07:00) Pacific Daylight Time FOR WHICH TO ARRANGE BOTH YOUR SESSIONS AND MEETINGS. WHILE THIS ENTRY AND THE CC MEETING SYSTEM ACCOUNT FOR TIMEZONES, THE AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTED TIMEZONES CAN BE CONFUSING.MOTIF HOTEL | MOTIF HOTEL, SeattleCasual Connectscheduling@casualgamesassociation.org

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.