HR Panel To Offer Advice on Achieving Top Performance from Employees, While Maintaining Quality of Life at IGDA Leadership Forum

Want to learn how the big indie studios work to drive performance, while keeping an eye on quality of life for employees?

A panel of industry all stars on the forefront of studio culture and hiring practices will discuss how game industry leaders can achieve top performance from their staffs but still provide an environment that lets employee find work life balance, at the IGDA Leadership Forum Thursday – Friday, Oct. 27 – 28, 2011 at the Sheraton Gateway, 6101 W. Century Blvd, at LAX.

Amos Marvel, Co-Founder/COO, Hidden Variable Studios, and head of the IGDA HR SIG, will moderate the session, called "Creating High Performance Cultures,"  Friday, Sept 28, at  1 p.m.  Panelists will include:


  • Paula Fellbaum, Executive Director, Human Resources and Admin Operations, Nexon America
  • Lynn Eaton, Director of Human Resources and Operations, Heavy Iron Studios
  • Carrie Dieterle. Chief People Officer, Insomniac Games
  • Pamela Sampel, Vice President of Global Human Resources, PopCap
IGDA’s Leadership Forum is designed to advance the state of the art in game production and management.  The two day conference offers broad range of topics for senior studio executives and includes a mix of lectures, panels and interactive workshops led by Blizzard, Riot, Insomniac, Respawn, Microsoft, Bioware as well as other developers. Sponsored parties and other networking opportunities will provide opportunities to connect. 

For more information, check out the website at

Forum cost is $499 for non members; $399 for IGDA Members. Go to the website for the discount code.

Members interested in SCRUM certification or SCRUM developer meetings or events should check out the website for sessions Monday – Wednesday.

More information can be found at

A limited block of rooms at the Sheridan Gateway have been set aside for attendees. Reservations may be called in through Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535. Calls outside the U.S. should go directly to the hotel at +1-310-642-1111

When making your reservations, please mention you are with the IGDA Leadership Forum. Hotel reservations must be made by Oct. 4 to guarantee the group rate of $120.   

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