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Session Name: Workforce Diversity, Tacit Knowledge and Profitable Games
Speaker(s): Hal Barwood, Sheri Graner Ray, Jeb Havens, Clarinda Merripen, Joseph Saulter
Company Name(s): Finite Arts, Schell Games, Google, Cryptic Studios, Entertainment Arts Research
Track / Format: IGDA
Overview: Business gurus Jack Welch, Tom Peters and Marcus Buckingham think that teams that build things for people must reflect the customers they serve. They postulate that a lack of diversity in the workforce results in a smaller pool of ideas to draw on and decreases connection to the audience. And yet, the recently published IGDA report on workforce diversity in the games industry shows a startlingly white, young, male population. In this panel we examine how diversity impacts creativity and increases sales, as well as initiatives that broaden the workforce.

GDC 2006

Hal Barwood

Finite Arts

Sheri Graner Ray

Schell Games

Jeb Havens

Google

Clarinda Merripen

Cryptic Studios

Joseph Saulter

Entertainment Arts Research

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