Diversity Collective+ Speed Mentoring & Roundtable Event

Promotional imagery created by Ashley Rivas.

Our sponsored hosts for the third-ever DC+ event was none other than our friends at Amazon.

We are so grateful for their support and contributions to help continue Seattle’s goal of diversity and industrious innovation.

Our gracious hosts provided the perfect space for the occasion - in their clean and beautifully lit, Gabagool Café.

The menu was as plentiful in options as it was scrumptious. A buffet table with a spread of a variety of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan hors d'oeuvres were made available by Amazon’s hardworking catering crew. Beverages were Coca-Cola products and sparkling water, as this was an alcohol-free event.

Photography by Ashley Rivas. Pictured above is the food provided by Amazon's catering team for the event.

Throughout the night, participants would gain decades-worth of industry knowledge from our featured mentors. From the booming tech industry, to the distinguished community of the Seattle Indies, it was an immense opportunity to share a wealth of information. Speed Mentoring topics ranged from practicing professional interpersonal skills to tech-specific areas. Here were some of the highlighted topics of the night:

  • AWS for Indies
  • How to Network
  • Low Poly Art
  • LGBTQIA in Games
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Project Management/Producing
  • Building Adventure Games in VR
  • Getting into the games industry from other careers
  • Resume Writing and Interview Skills
  • Aligning Production with Creative Vision
  • Tech-Specific Tools & Software
  • Playtesting in Mobile vs. PC vs. Console
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Data Science
  • Women in Leadership Roles
  • Character / Creature Art

Attendees participated in round-table discussions in these topics with specialized industry people.

When it was time to switch tables, announcements were made via megaphone, also provided by our ingenious hosts at Amazon.

No matter what stage you are in your career, background or identity - the Diversity Collective+ strives to support and represent for those who need it. These industries are no longer a jacket-club, it is for everyone. Don’t fret if you missed this opportunity, because there will be more to come. For every DC+ quarterly event, all are welcome.

You don’t have to wait until the next event – you can find our supportive community on Discord and Facebook!