Leadership SIG: Gamification, Making Leadership Development fun and effective

  • 09 May 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • George Mason Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201, RM 602
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Today, the need for effective leadership has never been greater. Yet, it is widely agreed that current leadership development approaches fall short of preparing leaders to succeed in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment. In this highly interactive and playful session, participants will experience the power of serious gaming for transforming leadership potential into performance. They will play a variety of games to explore how serious games develop higher-level cognitive skills, as well as flexibility, resilience, and creativity. They will analyze examples to discover the elements of effective games. They will find out what current research says about gaming and leadership development. In addition, they will review games used in the Defense Senior Leader Development Program, and extrapolate best practices for designing and developing effective games.

Speakers: Cynthia Way  and Claudia Escribano

Cynthia Way currently works at the Department of Defense as a Human Resource Development Specialist where she is an integral part of the senior executive leadership development program.  Previously, Cynthia served in the U.S. Navy, worked in the veterinary industry, and operated as an Organizational Development Sustainability Consultant.  Cynthia has served in multiple capacities for various professional development Boards of Directors including ASTD Nebraska Board and Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Education.

Cynthia is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and is working on her Doctoral dissertation at The George Washington University for a degree in Human and Organizational Learning with a focus on eco-consciousness through aesthetic education.  She has both published and spoken at numerous academic and practitioner conferences including: European Society for the Education of Adults, ASTD International Conferences and Expo, and American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Claudia Escribano is a Senior Instructional Designer with C2 Technologies, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in performance improvement, dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of productivity-driven organizations through human capital management and customized training and performance support solutions. Claudia has 30 years of experience in consulting with clients to design and develop blended performance support solutions encompassing a variety of media, including print, video, audio, leader-led classes, virtual classes, Electronic Performance Support Systems, collaborative activities, Web-based training, and social technologies. Currently, she specializes in leadership development and is supporting the design and development of the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) for the Department of Defense. Her innovative approach to leadership development resulted in a 2010 Bersin Learning Leaders award for Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management. 


Networking: 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Presentation: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Wrap up: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM



George Mason Arlington Campus
RM 602
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201 

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