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VRDC Session Highlight: Oculus Appearing on Women-Focused Advice Panel

It’s been a vital few years for gender equality within the videogame industry, and it’s a topic that’s at the heart of many a debate right now. While the conversation continues, women that are working in videogames in the here and now are going to be offering advice to newcomers at this year’s Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) and Game Developers Conference (GDC), with a representative of Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator, Oculus VR, present among a wide range of other speakers.


Katie Chironis, Game Designer at Oculus VR, will be speaking during the session, titled ‘Been There, Done That: Industry Women Share Experiences and Advice‘, which aims to offer insights into starting out in the industry, making a name for yourself, finding your confidence and much more. Joining Chironis is, Elizabeth Sampat and Amy Kalson from PopCap, Trevoli Ponds-White from Amazon, My N. Tran from Truly Social, and Ellen Marett from DropForge Games.

“Are you new to the industry and looking for guidance from women who’ve been down those roads before?” an official description reads. “This session is primarily geared toward women just starting their careers but applies to any industry folk who’ve felt marginalized, pushed aside, or lacking in confidence. There will be a dynamic collection of microtalks from women of various industry backgrounds and experiences, with plenty of time for Q&A at the end. Talks will be a mix of anecdotal experiences and data, covering topics like confidence, impostor syndrome, stereotype threat, opportunity, risk, negotiation, networking and mentoring. Each speaker will cover a different angle, such as “Grabbing the Mic”. “Applying like a Man”, “You’re in the Industry: Now What?!”, “Find Your Confidence” and “Feelings Aren’t Reality”. You will leave excited by the opportunities in store, encouraged by stories you’ve heard, and armed with tools and knowledge to drive your own career success.”

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