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Dallas Execs: One Thing I Would Change About My Industry and Why

Justin Kenna of Gamesqure Esports, Evan Beattie of GFF, and Michelle Jordan of AT&T on the one thing that would improve their industry.
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Justin Kenna

CEO, GameSquare Esports

“I think the esports industry could do a better job of supporting mental health and looking after the creators who face toxicity and harassment online. Creators strive to build safe, welcoming communities, but they still receive grief from critics. Paired with the grind culture and always-on nature of their careers, the racism, misogyny, and hate takes an immense toll. If I could change one thing, I would improve accountability online and deepen efforts to police digital harassment in any form.”

Evan Beattie

CEO and Chairman, GFF

“The architecture industry has been a bit slow to embrace technology—like 3D modeling—and innovations in the design and construction industry, but the pace of change is accelerating. I think some big disruptions are coming to our industry—such as virtual reality on job sites and linked to geolocations—in the near future, and we have an exciting opportunity at GFF to invest in technology and embrace change faster than many of our competitors.” 

Michelle Jordan

Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T

“I wish there was a greater understanding about how critical it is for everyone to fully participate in this digital world. We have moved beyond the old rotary telephone to a more transformative communications company, working to solve the demands of this new online era. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to online resources, and this disproportionally impacts communities of color and those living in rural areas. We must make sure no one is left behind.”

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