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How to Be a Better Ally

Brandii Grace  |  Chief Creative Officer (CCO), Versus Gaming Network

Location: Room 3003, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Advocacy
Vault Recording: Video

Recently, it seems impossible to read about our industry without seeing another horrifying tale of sex/gender-related harassment or discrimination. Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents as many industry veterans have their own horror stories - often more than one. For those who actively want to improve the situation, it can be hard to know how to begin. Even those with the best of intentions can speak or act in a way that actually makes things worse. Few issues stir as much heated debate as these do and the controversies surrounding them can escalate quickly. So what CAN we do? Before we can fix these problems, we need to truly understand them. This session will discuss common forms of harassment and discrimination faced by women in our industry. We will also delve into the psychological, physiological and social impact these issues can have on individuals. TRIGGER WARNING: Explicit discussions of violent sexual assault.


This introductory talk incorporates both scientific theory and personal experience to give the audience a well-rounded peek into one of the most controversial topics in our industry today. You'll view sex/gender-related harassment, discrimination and assault from varying perspectives in order to gain a deeper understanding of these problems.

Intended Audience

Press, character designers/writers, hiring managers, community managers, GMs, HR managers, and anyone interested in having a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding sexual harassment, assault and discrimination.