Inc Vision Summit Reality Bytes The Future of AR VR is Now
Reality Bytes: The Future of AR/VR Is Now Featured Speakers: MARK ATKINSON, CEO, Mursion; DEREK BELCH, founder and CEO, Strivr; and MORGAN MERCER founder and CEO, Vantage Point VR Moderator: MARLI GUZZETTA, Executive Editor, Inc. Magazine If you think headset training is the future, you’re running a year behind. As corporations have scrambled to onboard and upskill their workforce during the pandemic, these mixed-reality founders have stepped in with solutions that will change how companies hire and train for good.
CNN Greece x Morgan Mercer
Morgan Mercer spoke with @CNNGreece about the importance of using Virtual Reality as part of an educational program to reduce the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. In the interview with journalist Christos Gavalas, Morgan discussed why decided to set up Vantage Point, an innovative VR training company to help corporations make their employees understand what harassment really feels like, not theoretically but completely practically.
Modern Startups - Diversity Training, Fundraising, Mentors & More Ft. Morgan Mercer (Vantage Point)
Morgan Mercer shares details about her innovative VR startup and her strategies for fundraising, finding a mentor, and more. Morgan Mercer is the Founder of the immersive enterprise training company, Vantage Point. Vantage Point's immersive training platform leverages standalone Virtual Reality in conjunction with ML and AI, and offers training modules focused around Soft Skills development, including Workplace Harassment Training and Diversity and Inclusion Training. Vantage Point is one of only two-dozen black woman-run companies to receive VC funding over $1M. Morgan was also named one of the Top 10 Female Tech Innovators in history by TechRadar and was listed as the Top Female in Tech in Los Angeles. Topics Covered: 03:45 Introduction and impact of having a liberal mom and conservative dad 08:28 What Inspired her to create her VR diversity training startup 13:32 The difference between standard harassment training & Vantage Point 08:55 How she started her business with minimal savings 20:25 How your risk profile will impact entrepreneurship 24:40 How to drastically increase your industry knowledge and grow your network 26:19 Applying to accelerator programs and raising her first fundraising round 28:39 Her mentors and how she found them 33:50 Cold contacting people and techniques to get a response Part 2 (On lagoals.com) - How to adjust your business and mindset to the pandemic - Product market fit and adjusting to the market based on margins - How to lock in deals in the current economy - Highlighting the right value propositions when pitching - Mistakes Founders make and the alternate recommendation - Outsourcing and knowing when and why to do it - Top 3 tips for success To watch part 2 of this interview, visit: http://lagoals.com/podcast Morgan Mercer: https://twitter.com/TheMorganMercer https://www.instagram.com/themorganrmercer/ Vantage Point: https://www.instagram.com/try.vantagepoint/ https://twitter.com/vantagepointvr https://www.tryvantagepoint.com For continued motivation and help, join LA Goals on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teamlagoals/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamLAGoals Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lagoals Our private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LABizHelp/ About The LA Goals Podcast: The LA Goals Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast featuring successful and proven industry experts. The guests share their up and down journey, how they achieved their goals, reveal unique strategies to succeed, and answer listener questions. Hosted by Esi Magic, Founder of LA Goals, topics can range from secrets on how to get ahead, to silly experiences that guests share. Similar to Esi’s personality, the show is meant to touch on important advice for success, but with a light-hearted and fun atmosphere. Ultimately, viewers will end each episode feeling inspired, entertained, but most importantly be able to take away real answers on how to succeed. The podcast is released in video format on YouTube, as well as audio format on all major podcasting platforms (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, iheartradio). #startups #diversity #fundraising
Lisa Carmen Wang
Reframe Your Reality with Morgan Mercer, CEO, Vantage Point
You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to it. This is the power of mental reframing. If you want to change something, be it how you feel, how you do things, or what you believe, begin by intentionally changing your thoughts and choosing to reframe how you see your reality. Your thoughts about any situation that happens to you are always more powerful than the situation itself. Morgan Mercer has been able to reframe her reality in order to stay grounded in the face of sexism, ageism, and racism as a young minority female CEO. After spending years caring too much about external validation and other people’s opinions, Morgan discusses how she built up the confidence within herself by acknowledging her own power, and surrounding herself with other powerful female allies and mentors. Today she is using her power to help others understand diverse perspectives. She is the Founder and CEO of Vantage Point, an innovative virtual reality training platform designed to build empathy and help companies prevent harassment and bullying. We also discuss: - How to have productive and open conversations around hard topics like #BlackLivesMatter - How to own your mistakes without giving up your power - The importance of building powerful female communities Join a tribe of powerful female leaders. Apply to The Global League of Women at TheGLOW.org Connect with Lisa at www.lisawang.co and https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisacarmenwang/
Morgan Mercer on User-Centered VR Training
Morgan Mercer's company, Vantage Point, as developed empathy-building virtual-reality-based training to tackle social issues. From sexual harassment to biases in the workplace, Morgan's technology provides users an immersive experience where they can learn through their own actions.
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2019 ASU GSV Summit: Tech Startups Creating Equity and Empowerment
Across the “PreK to Gray” landscape of edtech and hrtech, entrepreneurs are changing the future and current workforce dynamics through unique coaching platforms, better learning examples for girls, de-biasing selection processes, learning interventions and supports, and much more. Technology today has an ability to move the needle on equity and empowerment like never before. Moderator: Sally Beatty, Partner, Korn Ferry* Panelists/Participants Lisa Skeete Tatum, CEO, LandIt Zev Eigen, Founder, Syndio Ayah Bdeir, CEO, LittleBits Shaan Hathiramani, Founder and CEO, Flockjay Morgan Mercer, CEO, Vantage Point
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062: Sexual Harassment and Virtual Reality with Morgan Mercer
Namely believes there’s one team that can help make your workplace great: HR. When their days are filled with administrative to-dos, they can’t focus on the big stuff—like parental leave and promotions. Namely’s all-in-one HR, payroll, and benefits platform makes their lives easier, saving them an average of 11 hours each week. Over 1,000 companies use Namely to build a better workplace. Get a free demo at Namely.com/podcast Have you ever been in a situation at work where you witnessed something uncomfortable but you didn’t say anything? Or have you seen leaders exhibit behaviors that are rude or offensive but you were unsure what to do about it? I’ve been there and it was highly uncomfortable. In fact, the situation still bothers me to this day. Here’s the CliffNotes version: Very early in my career, I watched a VP come on strong to a coworker, he befriended her and gave her some additional opportunities at work. Then he loaned her money and they started dating “in secret.” Eventually he had a meltdown and abandoned her. Her career stalled and she ultimately quit. Guess what, everyone? Nobody ever got mad at that VP. Not a single person! Well, that’s not true. I started asking questions of her, but I didn't know what to say. On today's show I'm talking to Morgan Mercer, founder and CEO of Vantage Point. She is an expert in this field and I am hopeful we can all learn a thing or two from her. Vantage Point uses virtual reality (yes, you read that correctly) to immerse employees, leaders, and managers into scenarios just like the one I described. They then train and test the same individuals on how to respond to difficult situations at work, appropriately. If you want to hear some of the best ways to handle sexual harassment at work and how virtual reality is paving the way to help us learn how to deal with these scenarios with compassion and empathy, then sit back and listen to this episode of Let’s Fix Work. In this episode, you’ll hear: What standalone virtual reality is and how it can help with anti-sexual harassment training How virtual reality scenarios help people allocate all of their resources to solving an issue and how it helps people to translate feelings into information Why and how Vantage Point started with anti-sexual harassment training The idea that technology can teach you to be compassionate and can teach you empathy, but can it actually change behaviors and change attitudes through this type of training? Why sexual harassment training through virtual reality is important for employers, what they learn, and how they can set future training scenarios Morgan shares some stories of how Vantage Point’s technology has been shown to change behaviors, outcomes, or moved organizations forward Morgan shares her personal why, including why she is interested in fixing work from this perspective Why Morgan does the work she does: “Women don't speak out unless they speak up in unison. When you realize the level of inequality that so many people live with and face across the board, from economic background to various genders, their ethnicity to whatever it may be, it's really impossible for me not to care. When I leave the world one day I want to look back and I want to feel like I made an impact.” Morgan Mercer, Founder and CEO, Vantage Point Resources from this episode: Thanks to our sponsor: Namely.com/podcast Tryvantagepoint.com Can VR teach us how to deal with sexual harassment? Can VR make us more empathetic? How Virtual Reality Is Helping To Empower Women Can Sexual Harassment Training Come of Age?