Khally Saarman-Jones

Payload Studios

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Khally is HR and Facilities Manager at Payload Studios, makers of the award winning TerraTech and organisers of the Tentacle Zone (events and workspace). After graduating Warwick University she has spent a decade working in the creative industry for a variety of companies, from AAAs to indies. Khally is an advocate for a more inclusive and diverse games industry and is passionately educating herself and others about the subject. In 2019 Khally launched Payload Studio’s diversity initiative with an aim to support and increase diversity and inclusion within the studio and the wider games community. As part of Payload’s initiative Khally manages and hosts the Game On series of events. These take place monthly at Payload Studios and aim to accelerate change within the industry by providing free evening talks and panels that are focused on topics related to inclusion and diversity. Over the last year the events have attracted hundreds of guests.

Khally Saarman-Jones is speaking at the following session/s

Driving Diversity: Why It Matters and How We Can Make Our Studios More Inclusive

Driving Diversity will discuss the business case for building diverse and inclusive studios and demonstrate why this is integral to the future success of the games industry. Khally will discuss some of the key challenges of catalysing change and provide actionable steps for what we can all do, as companies and individuals, to promote and support D&I within our workplaces and the wider industry. Using case studies, the talk will aim to inspire attendees to make changes within their own organisations.

Takeaway:

  • The business case for building diverse and inclusive studios
  • The challenges of creating more inclusive organisations and a more diverse industry Actionable steps that can be taken to support and promote diversity and inclusion on individual and studio level
  • Case studies showcasing the steps that studios have taken to promote and support diversity that delegates can use to inspire change within their own organisations

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