Presentation Title
Using Video Games for Workplace Safety Training
About the Presentation
Safety training that does not lead to desired behavior change is a waste of time and money. Video games can be used to supplement training to help drive behavior change. Simcoach Games has been building video games with purpose since 2005.  Video games provide an engaging approach to training that drives higher levels of retention, enables all participants an opportunity to practice what they have learned and to experience (virtually) the consequences of their decisions. In this session we will discuss why video games work and experience some games first hand.  

Ken Smith, President and CEO, Simcoach Games

Presenter Biography

Ken Smith is President and CEO of Simcoach Games, where he is responsible for executing the company’s strategy to remain the leader in developing video games for workforce development and training. He joined Simcoach in 2010 to help the founder leverage innovation to solve workforce challenges. Before joining Simcoach, Ken completed a 25-year career in management consulting serving as CEO of H. B. Maynard and Company, a 100+ person, Pittsburgh-based management consulting firm, focused on helping its clients to improve workforce performance. In his time with Maynard, Ken advised hundreds of companies in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, utilities and service sectors. His expertise centered on holistic workforce optimization where he developed a deep understanding and appreciation for the importance of effective training and coaching to drive behavior change. Ken is a graduate of Grove City College where he received an Alumni Achievement Award and serves as adjunct faculty in the Entrepreneurship Department. He has his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Regent University's School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, is a Fellow with the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards in the Pittsburgh area.