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WiG 2007 - Invited Presentation Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Microsoft

WiG 2007 - Invited Presentation Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Microsoft



Karen Wilkins-Mickey

Karen Wilkins-Mickey
Diversity Staffing
Program Manager
The journey to
attracting diverse talent into gaming
Microsoft Corp, USA



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WiG 2007 - Invited Presentation Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Microsoft WiG 2007 - Invited Presentation Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Microsoft Presentation Transcript

  • The Journey…Diversity Recruiting Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Diversity Staffing Program Manager, Microsoft Entertainment Devices Division Women in Gaming UK- April 2007
  • The Journey Begins…
    • Karen Wilkins-Mickey born and raised in NYC married to Korey Mickey. Mom to Kyra and Kaden. Recently moved from California to Redmond in November 2006. Joined Microsoft on March 28 , 2005
  • The Face of Gaming
    • Male = 88.5%
    • Female = 11.5%
    • More than 60% of studios claim that obtaining diverse applicants is challenging
    • (U.S data)
  • The Journey is about..
    • Accessibility - Networking
    • Accountability – Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce
    • Financial Responsibility –A diverse workforce makes business sense
  • Accessibility &The Power of Networking
    • Your network is dynamic and ever-changing
    • Network + You = Formula for Success
      • “ She’ll tell two friends” networking system
  • “ and she’ll tell two friends”
  • “ and they’ll tell two friends…”
  • “ and so on,”
  • “ and so on ,”
  • “ and so on,”
  • Top 10 Networking Tips
    • Don’t be hesitant to talk to strangers. Assume the other person is as hesitant as you are.
    • Take notes and follow up upon return to the office.
    • Don’t network just to network- have a purpose
    • Build it before you need it- think ahead
    • Always ask- don’t shy away from asking for what you what.
    • Don’t have network Bias- the tendency to associate, interact and be comfortable with folks in the same skill set
    • Be respectful- don’t just ask for things you need as the only way to stay in touch
    • Don’t ping too much
    • Don’t keep score- be willing to connect people
    • Don’t take names just to fill up your contact list
  • Accountability- Recruiting
    • The pool is small and we all want the SAME people
    • Leverage game conferences to talk to women gamers
    • Strong corporate image – culture and environment
    • Organization and community involvement
    • Referrals! Referrals! Referrals!
    • Retain and develop diverse talent
  • Financial Responsibility
    • Building a diverse workforce is a strategy that makes good business sense
    • Companies can not view diversity as just another program or initiative-it has to be a way of life
  • The Good News…
    • Fortune Magazine named100 most influential Women in gaming (7 MS women made that list)
    • Women are filling more jobs in the games industry:
      • Female artists, scriptwriters and game designers
      • Marketing and PR are the top jobs of interest
      • A handful of programmers
  • The not so good news…
    • More than 60% of the studios claim that obtaining diverse applicants is challenging
    • Still a low percentage of women entering into computer science coursework
    • We have a long way to go but we are getting there…..
    • Q & A