Choose Your Own Soft Skills Training Adventure: the Culture, Technology, and ROI of Empathy
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Experts suggest that poor listening skills, which often manifest as a lack of empathy, are at the core of most workplace conflicts and contribute to leadership failures. While many assume that emotional intelligence is an inherent skill and can’t be taught, new virtual reality technology is helping to increase the efficacy of interpersonal skills training efforts.
In this session, you will learn how VR is a scalable training solution for empathy and social effectiveness, especially when combined with artificial intelligence. You’ll learn about key principles of learning science that have informed the design of virtual reality training platforms like Mursion. You’ll have a chance to “choose your own adventure” and see a simulation come to life, grasp the principles of scenario design, or dive deep into the ROI of soft skills training! Get the most out of an hour and bring something back to share with your organization.
As Mursion’s Director of Business Strategy, Brentt is responsible for helping Mursion expand its ground-breaking training platform to new verticals, secure partnerships to fund R&D efforts, and help raise awareness about the power of virtual simulation for occupations that require complex interpersonal skills. Prior to joining Mursion, Brentt was the Director of Innovation at Pivot Learning Partners, a large professional learning and coaching organization in California. In this role Brentt was responsible for leading teams of experienced subject matter experts in designing, piloting and taking to scale new professional learning programs. Brentt has a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California Berkeley, and has published numerous articles and research reports.
Christina Yu is an executive at Mursion, a VR company for building emotional intelligence in the workplace. She holds an AB in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to her current role, she helped launch a PaaS adaptive learning division at McGraw-Hill Education, where she was the head of marketing, and managed a portfolio of higher-ed adaptive products. She also worked at the edtech startup Knewton, and as a professor of English at Kean University and Southern Connecticut State University.