Speakers Set for First Women’s Game Conference

The Game Initiative today announced the conference program and speakers for the first annual Women’s Game Conference (WGC), taking place Sept. 9-10, 2004 in Austin, Texas. The event offers networking opportunities and career insights from leaders in the game industry representing hardware manufacturers, developers, publishers and educators.

Confirmed Speakers include GMR managing editor Carrie Shepherd, Xbox Nation managing editor Cindy Lum, Infinium Labs VP of content strategy Kathy Schoback, Sony Online Entertainment VP & exec producer Gordon Walton, Microsoft group program manager Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Corp. director of advanced technology group Laura Fryer, Pandemic Studios director of human resources Tina Cruz, Skunk Studios CEO Margaret Wallace, Blue Fang Games president Hank Howie, Cyberlore director of operations Clarinda Merripen, Monolith Productions Live Team Producer (The Matrix Online) Ellen Guon Beeman and Radical Entertainment producer Kirsten Forbes, to name a few.

The conference program will focus on the top issues facing women in the game industry including gender inclusive game design, women as consumers of games and career paths for women. Discussion topics will include "Identifying the Top Issues Facing Women in the Game Industry Today," "Getting to the Top: Senior Industry Decision-Makers Discuss Their Success," "The Right Man for the Job May Be a Woman–But How Do We Find Her?" and "Women in Game Journalism." The full program schedule can be found online at www.womensgameconference.com.

Early registration is open until Aug. 15, 2004 at www.womensgameconference.com/register. Registration for professionals prior to Aug. 15 is $125 and $145 after Aug. 15. Onsite registration is $175. Early registration for students prior to Aug. 15 is $85 and $110 after Aug. 15. Onsite registration for students is $135. One day passes are also available. Conference Registration gains access to the WGC, technology pavilion and the Austin Game Developers Conference, which runs concurrently.

Conference sponsors include Activision and Mary-Margaret.com. Media partners include Business Wire and GameDev.net