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Perspective-Taking in VR: Superpowered Empathy in the Workplace

  • June 11, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Special code required for non members who are attending the Chapter meeting for the first time.
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  • Special pre-registration rate for members.
  • Special pre-registration rate for non-members.

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ATDps June Virtual Member Program

In this session, you’ll learn how powerful perspective-taking is in improving workplace culture and how virtual reality is teaching people how to build their “empathy muscle” and use perspective-taking as a tool. We’ll dip into research that shows perspective-taking’s effectiveness in reducing expressions of bias, boosting creativity among teams, strengthening leadership skills, and improving outcomes in conflict resolution. Then, we’ll learn about what makes perspective-taking “in real life” difficult for people to engage in and how perspective-taking in VR can overcome these challenges.  Finally, we’ll take a peek at a powerful framework that teaches people how to engage in perspective-taking at any time to increase positive outcomes and enrich workplace cultures. You’ll leave the session understanding the impact of perspective-taking in VR—and how a perspective-taking framework can help you use the power of virtual reality without the headset.  

Key Takeaways: 

  1. How perspective-taking is effective in reducing expressions of bias, boosting creativity among teams, strengthening leadership skills, and improving outcomes in conflict resolution.   

  2. Why perspective-taking “in real life” is challenging for people to engage in at work. 

  3. How perspective-taking in VR overcomes these challenges to deliver powerful impact that changes behavior. 

  4. How to extend the power of VR to teach personal perspective-taking frameworks.

Personal Capability – Cultural Awareness and Inclusion

Speaker Bio

Amy Lou Abernethy began her career as an educator but was soon drawn into the world of visual storytelling and video production. In addition to co-founding and nurturing the agency AMP Creative, she followed her heart back to the art and science of adult learning a few years ago, getting her masters in learning in digital environments. Standing at the crossroads of learning innovation and cinematic storytelling, Amy Lou collaborates with companies to develop transformative learning experiences and AMP Creative produces those experiences. AMP’s VR-based empathy experiences are used by some of the world’s largest global companies to raise awareness of bias in the workplace. Amy Lou is passionate about the power of innovative mediums, like augmented reality and virtual reality, yet still believes that solutions start with the beating heart of a human story.


Pre-Registration - Members attend at no charge. There is no walk in availability. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Pre-Registration - Non-Member $40.00 There is no walk in availability. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Online Registration Closes One Day Prior To The Chapter Meeting. At That Time We Are No Longer Able To Accept Pre-Registrations.

We are not able to issue refunds after the Friday prior to the meeting. Substitutions are encouraged.

Special Instructions:

Instructions to attend the virtual meeting will be included in your confirmation email and on the reminder email the day prior to the program. Please save these instructions. Real time assistance is not available.




ATD Puget Sound Chapter
P.O. Box 46368
Seattle, WA 98146



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