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Production Essentials Summit: CQ: Superpowers for Excellence in Game Development

Tina Merry  (Lead Consultant & Trainer, Cultural Intelligence Center)

Esteban Lora  (Senior Executive Partners & Alliances, Microsoft)

Jesse Sosa  (Outsource Manager, Gearbox Software)

Kenda Bussing  (Director of People Operations, Pocket Gems)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Ever worked with a colleague and wondered why they behaved or talked a certain way? Or been frustrated by differing views on getting things done or managing risk on the project? Ever felt like you were experiencing fatigue from 'culture clashes' on the team? Is the industry seeing authentic diverse representations in games? Do we have diverse talent in our teams?

Join this session for an introduction to CQ framework, hear examples of how culture shows up in the business of making games, and discover strategies to improve inclusion and cultural effectiveness in your games and teams.


Attendees will hear some of the benefits, challenges, and opportunities related to addressing cultural diversity in the games industry as industry veterans share their stories. The audience should come away feeling inspired and curious to work across cultures, and aware of the skills needed to be effective in creating authentically diverse game experiences as well as working with diverse teams and stakeholders.

Intended Audience

This talk will interest anyone wishing to understand how to work and relate effectively in culturally diverse situations, in whatever form that diversity may take, while learning several specific strategies to apply and develop these skills, particularly in game development.