605 Overcoming Barriers to Simulations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 27


Moving your organization forward with new approaches to learning and development can be challenging—especially when the new approaches involve nontraditional ideas or technologies. Our Overcoming Barriers sessions bring together people who have already walked this path to share what they have learned. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how you can overcome the most common barriers to incorporating simulations into your training and development programs.


Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, and executives.

Technology discussed in this session:

Simulations platforms, including multiple types of hardware and software.

Mark Britz

Sr. Manager, Programming

The eLearning Guild

Mark is the senior manager of programming for The eLearning Guild. Prior to joining he worked over 15 years designing and managing learning solutions with organizations such as Smartforce, Pearson Digital Learning, the SUNY Research Foundation, Aspen Dental Management, and Systems Made Simple. His regional consultancy, ThruWork, helps businesses achieve the benefits of becoming more connected and collaborative. Mark regularly presents and writes on his The Simple Shift blog about the use of social media for learning, collaborative networks, and organizational design.

Britney Cole

Associate Vice President, Solution Architecture and Innovation Strategy

Ken Blanchard Companies

Britney Cole is the associate vice president, solution architecture and innovation strategy at Ken Blanchard Companies. As an engineer turned corporate learning strategist, Britney brings an analytical and pragmatic lens to employee performance and engagement. With more than 15 years of experience in working with Fortune 500 organizations, Britney focuses on human-centric solutions, bringing design thinking to her work and clients to create innovative, relevant, and meaningful experiences that create business impact. She leads Agile teams that incubate emerging technologies, including chatbots, AR, VR, and next-generation learning experience platforms. Britney has consulted with clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, steel, chemical, media, technology, retail, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. She forms lasting partnership due to her practitioner mindset and ability to think big on L&D tech, learning experience design, and digital learning development.

Derek Brezette

Instructional Designer


Previous to his career as an instructional designer, Derek Brezette spent 10 years as both a secondary and post-secondary English teacher, where he worked with underserved student populations. His experiences working with these learners helped hone his instructional-design skills, crafting lessons that captured and maintained his students' interest while delivering high-quality instruction. Derek always seeks to leverage the latest emerging and available technologies to better engage and prepare his students. As an instructional designer, Derek has created web-based instructional content for online college students, commercial airline pilots, and automotive sales consultants.

Elena Dozortsev

Senior Manager, Digital Learning Design & Development


Elena Dozortsev is a senior manager of digital learning design and development at PwC. As a learning and development professional with over 15 years’ experience, she is passionate about helping individuals and teams reach their full potential through innovative digital, experiential, blended, and classroom approaches to technical, leadership, and professional skills training.

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