Global Leadership in VR

February 9, 2018 12:00 pm
Manning Hall 208

Please join us for a CRADLE talk by David McNeill and Ilin Misaras of the Global Training Initiative (GTI) at NC State University on "Global Leadership in VR" Friday, Feb. 9, in Manning Hall 208.

Please note: The VR module is typically played from a smartphone. Speakers will bring a few Samsung Gear VR headsets but do not have enough for the entire group. If folks have their own Gear VR headsets or a Google Cardboard viewer, they can bring those along with personal headphones. If they do not have that equipment, they can still watch the 360 VR video on their smartphone, or on the speakers' laptop. And, it's best if they download the "Wonda VR" app on their smartphone before the talk. Speakers will provide a QR code they can scan to access the VR module. 

Abstract: Virtual reality provides unique opportunities for training related to leadership and management in a safe and engaging environment. "First Impressions" employs 360° video in VR so participants can dive into the minds of their global partners and engage in learning about culture on both a cognitive and emotional level. The VR module is used during in-persons workshops aimed at developing global management and leadership skills that utilize the principles of action learning, including two specific elements of conflict resolution: self-awareness and empathy skills. Participants learn to respond appropriately and effectively to a cross-cultural incident in a business situation.

Bios: The Global Training Initiative (GTI) at NC State University provides study, training, and research opportunities for students and professionals across the world. GTI is part of the university’s Office of Global Engagement.

David McNeill is the Associate Director of the GTI and is the founding staff for this entrepreneurial unit at NC State. His major responsibilities include teaching the GTI 401 course for new international graduate students and entrepreneurship classes and workshops. He also leads GTI in the areas of operations and finance. He is certified by Berlitz as a Cultural Orientations Approach (COA) Corporate Practitioner and is developing the GTI’s global cross-cultural training programs, particularly with industry. David obtained his Master of Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary and will complete his Master of Business Administration degree from NC State in 2019 with concentrations in entrepreneurship and data analytics.

Ilin Misaras is the Assistant Director of the GTI and is primarily responsible for the marketing and communications of the unit. She is certified by Berlitz as a Cultural Orientations Approach (COA) Corporate Practitioner and is developing the GTI’s global cross-cultural training programs. Ilin obtained her Master of International Studies (MIS) from NC State where she specialized in international communications. Before coming to NC State, she worked as an award-winning journalist for news organizations throughout the U.S. including CNN International, Bloomberg News, and News 14 Carolina (currently known as Spectrum News).