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Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent (Presented by Xbox)

Jen MacLean  (General Manager of Creator Partnerships, Xbox)

Annette Gonzalez  (Creative Partner Program Manager , Xbox)

Location: Virtual GDC Platform

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Plus Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, All Access Online Only Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Sponsored Session

Viewing Experience: Virtual

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: No

Xbox Game Studios

Broadening the talent pipeline isn't enough to make meaningful and lasting change in the games industry. In this fireside chat, we'll discuss strategies for developing and retaining mid-career and senior diverse talent, including the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and why both elements are important, how to onboard diverse talent to set them up for success, and why it's important that the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion happen at every level in the organization. Annette Gonzalez, Creative Partner Program Manager, moderates this fireside chat with Jen MacLean, GM of Creator Partnerships for Xbox.


This is a close-up opportunity to hear first-hand stories and experiences from our diverse set of Xbox Game Studios leaders, as they share their best practices, personal perspectives and lessons learned as team and studio leaders.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for all audience members interested in learning more about the inclusive culture, leadership and talent development at Xbox Game Studios, from early-in-career to seasoned game professionals.