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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
Punk Rock HR with Laurie Ruettimann
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?
Using Virtual Reality To Change A World in Crisis ft. Morgan Mercer
Using Virtual Reality To Change A World in Crisis ft. Morgan Mercer Subscribe: http://bit.ly/SubAlysonStoner | Follow my IG: https://instagram.com/alysonstoner Watch my NEWEST videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg8wekWt2o8&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcFygWhoxKKH_XAeKauTODvD&index=2 Morgan Mercer, founder and CEO of Vantage Point, unpacks the modern technology of Virtual Reality and the significant ways her company utilizes VR training to create fairer, safer, more equitable communities, workplaces, and organizations. We dive into the surprising benefits, concerns and challenges of VR, ethical questions surrounding its design, development and implementation, our own unconscious biases, and the fascinating ways VR is already shaping our future, whether we know it or not. https://www.tryvantagepoint.com/ https://twitter.com/themorganmercer https://www.instagram.com/themorganrmercer Follow Alyson Stoner: Instagram: https://instagram.com/alysonstoner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alysonstoner Twitter: https://twitter.com/alysonstoner Check out my music: Spotify: http://bit.ly/AlysonStonerSpotify Apple: http://bit.ly/AlysonStoneriTunes Watch More Alyson Stoner: Latest Uploads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXlTERMw1KM&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcFygWhoxKKH_XAeKauTODvD&index=2&t=0s ALchemy Every Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg8wekWt2o8&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcFBGK-rkb1mxltDWsBxpEmw&index=1&t=0s ORIGINAL MUSIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTtJbhNEct0&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcGZJqxtYAUB8HdwRUeVEAjk&index=1&t=0s ORIGINAL DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGItEuHmwk0&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcG1tlzAdXQKGozxh9wh3CCr&index=1&t=0s Popular Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEOo311_yts&list=PLD9cqoP3xxcEHER4ayYksnIkbk5cQ7ohQ&index=2&t=0s Business Inquiries: email@example.com About Alyson Stoner: Alyson Stoner is a multi-hyphenate known for her on-screen acting work in franchises such as Step Up and Camp Rock to dancing with the likes of Missy Elliot and Eminem and now her original digital content across all her platforms. Each week on YouTube she releases new episodes of ALchemy - quick, creative and inspiring videos for personal transformation, and Simplexity, her podcast that is ANYTHING but small talk. Get ready to be lifted, empowered and surprised. Be sure to like and subscribe!
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#LightASpark, STEM and Social Justice
A lifelong dreamer, Morgan Mercer, President and CEO of Vantage Point, always knew she wanted to change the world – but her path to a career in technology was a winding one. Despite being a strong math student, she felt discouraged from pursuing a career in STEM due in part to internalized stigma and bias. Now Morgan uses the immersive power of virtual reality to create training platforms that help build safer, more inclusive workplaces. Learn more at LightaSpark.org.
Brainstorm Design 2019: Emerging Technologies In Design + BusinessI Fortune
Designers must get involved with emerging technology early to help shape how society decides to use these powerful tools, which will in turn shape society. In this session, we’ll learn how to develop a better understanding of technologies starting to change the world–artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and synthetic biology–and how designers, technologists, and business leaders can work together to create our future. Laura Kliman, Senior Flavor Scientist, Impossible Foods Morgan Mercer, Founder and CEO, Vantage Point Kathryn Segovia, Head of Learning Experience Design, Executive Education, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), Stanford University Facilitator: Sarah Stein Greenberg, Executive Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), Stanford University Subscribe to Fortune - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=FortuneMagazineVideo FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand's mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum. Website: http://fortune.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FortuneMagazine Twitter: https://twitter.com/FortuneMagazine
#Metoo: how it's changing the world | The Economist
#MeToo sparked a defining chapter in gender relations and its seismic reverberations have been felt across the world. From protests about rape and murder in South Africa, to the Times Up Legal Defense Fund in America, discover the latest efforts to tackle sexual harassment and push for gender equality. Film supported by Mishcon de Reya Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: https://econ.st/2xvTKdy We're at a historic tipping point for women. In October 2017, the hashtag #metoo spread across the globe. What began as a Hollywood sexual assault scandal sparked a public reckoning around the world. Thousands of women are using two words on social media to identify themselves as survivors of sexual harassment and assault. New laws have been passed and powerful men have been forced to step down, face arrest and conviction. But now #metoo is igniting wider debate about the ability of legal systems to deliver justice, about how men should behave around women, and about the battle for gender equality. In South Africa the number of women killed by a partner or family member is 5x higher than the global average. Here, even a recent President, Jacob Zuma, has been accused of rape. The charges were dropped in court in 2006 but sexual and physical violence have continued to afflict all levels of society. In this country the police reported a 7.4% increase in all crimes against women in the last year alone. In Johannesburg Gigi White runs the charity Get Up Women. She helps victims of sexual violence whose cases have been dropped by the police. Nearly half of all rape cases reported to South African police do not result in an arrest. The number of women asking Gigi for help has increased since #metoo - yet she's worried there will be no lasting impact in South Africa unless there are more prosecutions. In America the #metoo movement is starting to have an impact on the justice system. Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal over 300 public figures have donated millions of dollars to the #timesup Legal Defense Fund. At these small unassuming headquarters in Washington DC giant steps are being taken. American women can apply to the fund for free legal support if they have been sexually harassed or assaulted at work. So far, there have been over 3,500 applications - mainly from women in low-wage industries. It's up to interns like Noah to field the rising number of calls. Some of the claims stretch back decades. Applications vetted here in Washington DC are passed to a network of 700 lawyers working across 48 states. The fund has already filed claims against McDonald's, the US Postal Service, and Walmart. They hope this will prompt other major organizations to change their own rules about sexual harassment. #Metoo has prompted some companies in the West to introduce new measures to deal with sexual harassment - but it has also provoked an all too predictable backlash. Some of the backlash is being fueled by the anxieties of men forced to think about their behavior in ways they've never had to before. Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is known for his controversial and extremely divisive views on gender. He's one of the most vocal critics of #metoo and its impact. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is a leading supporter of #metoo. Even she is worried that some of the reverberations could prove counterproductive. Sandberg is a prominent advocate for gender equality in business and the founder of the women's empowerment foundation Lean In. In early 2018 a survey conducted by Lean In found that #metoo has had an adverse effect on gender relations. In New York, one pioneering company has come up with an innovative solution to improve relations between sexes in the workplace. Morgan Mercer is the founder of vantage point. Her company is exploiting the power of virtual reality to train men to see the world through woman's eyes. Large companies including Google and PwC have expressed interest in using this VR technology to train their workforces - as has the US Congress. It all points to an important shift. The global #metoo movement has helped expose a flaw at the heart of all societies and unleash powerful forces for change that might just kick-start efforts to fix it. What are the forces shaping how people live and work and how power is wielded in the modern age? NOW AND NEXT reveals the pressures, the plans and the likely tipping points for enduring global change. Understand what is really transforming the world today – and discover what may lie in store tomorrow. For more from Economist Films visit: http://films.economist.com/ Check out The Economist’s full video catalogue: http://econ.st/20IehQk Like The Economist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEconomist/ Follow The Economist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theeconomist Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeconomist/ Follow us on Medium: https://medium.com/@the_economist