Since 2005, Jean has delivered keynotes, seminars and workshop to over 16,000 people across the globe. She shares her startup journey in edtech/video game publishing with warmth and humour, bringing in her comedian and joy mindfulness training to the entrepreneur’s story. Jean grew up as a hard of hearing girl in a deaf household and delivers her engaging content in both English and ASL.
Games Industry Talks
- Speaker, GDC, Stories that Haunt and Heal: Mental Health and Game Narrative, (03/19)
- Speaker, Grace Hopper Conference, PTSD & Sexual Violence in Video Game Narrative (09/18)
- Keynote, Jalloo Festival of Animation and Gaming (6/17)
- Speaker, TEDxCollingwood, What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Tech Startup (10/17)
- Speaker, San Diego Comic-Con – Writing in the Computer Games Industry (07/16)
Games Industry Speaking Experience
- GDC, Stories that Haunt and Heal: Mental Health and Game Narrative, (03/19)
- PAX Australia, Serious Subjects in Game Narrative & Accidental Educators: What 10-year-olds taught us about our games startup (10/18)
- GCAP (Game Connect Asia Pacific, Melbourne), One Game at a Time: The First 5 Years of an Indie Studio & Serious Subjects in Game Narrative & Lightning Talks (10/18)
- Poznan GIC, One Game at a Time: The First 5 Years of an Indie Studio (10/18)
- Munich Play & Dev, Exploring Mental Health Issues in Game Narrative (10/18)
- Grace Hopper Conference, PTSD & Sexual Violence in Video Game Narrative (09/18)
- #MoveTheDial Stories Toronto (09/18)
- IGDA Games Leadership Summit, One More (Story) Game at a Time: Our indie studio’s 5-year journey (09/18)
- Bay Area Women’s GamesCon, Combating Difficult Topics in Games by Creating Strong Characters (03/18)
- TEDxCollingwood, What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Tech Startup (10/17)
- Keynote, Jalloo Festival of Animation and Gaming (6/17)
- Women in Games Boston – Accidental Educators: What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Gaming Startup (4/18/17)
- Capital Gaming Expo, Ottawa – Accidental Educators: What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Gaming Startup (4/1/17)
- Power-Up Digital Games Conference – Storytelling in Games for Traditional Authors (01/17)
- Women in Virtual Reality and Film panel, Brussels, BE (10/16)
- San Diego Comic-Con – Writing in the Computer Games Industry (07/16)
- Yeti-Con – Seminar – Writing Interactive Narratives, an Introduction (06/16)
- Bouchercon (mystery reader/writer conference) – Exploring Interactive Fiction: Storytelling in Social Games (11/14)
- Bloody Words (Author conference) – Writing Interactive Narratives for Games (06/14)
- One Game at a Time: The First 5 Years of an Indie Studio
After the near-death of her husband in 2012, Jean and Blair moved from Dallas back to his hometown north of Toronto after being away for 20 years. Jean launched her personal development coaching business and Blair started developing a prototype for simplifying video game creation to help traditional authors create narrative-based video games. They soon joined forces to create One More Story Games, raise over $500,000 and land internationally renown authors for their narrative games platform. They’d go on to teach kids how to use it, develop unexpected revenue streams, and navigate the tricky world of startup life.
- PTSD & Sexual Violence in Game Narrative / Sensitive Subjects in Serious Games / Stories That Haunt and Heal: Mental Health and Game Narrative
Mature themes such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Trauma, and Mental Illness are rarely explored in game narratives. This talk aims to educate the audience on the importance of creating serious games, and how to handle games that explore sensitive subject matter. To do this, Jean Leggett speaks about the design of Charlaine Harris’ Shakespeare’s Landlord, a novel-to-game adaptation and how the development team designed narrative choices, events ,and characters to mindfully explore trauma, PTSD and character progression within the construct of a 2D mystery adventure game.
GCAP October 2018 – Video “Sensitive Subjects in Serious Games” with Jean Leggett & Gabriella Lowgren – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVpgNPkhjqY
- Accidental Educators: What 10-year-olds taught us about our tech startup
As a startup, entrepreneurs are focused on what they think they know about their customers. Jean explores what the team at One More Story Games learned while working with youth over two summers and how they changed the course of their startup to include customers they didn’t know they had. <http://jeanleggett.com/what-12-year-olds-taught-us-about-our-tech-startup/>
- Betwixt: Navigating Identity as a Child of Deaf Adults
Being born hard-of-hearing into a deaf family (mom, dad & sister are deaf), Jean shares the journey of her childhood enriched in the deaf community, a family divided, and being bullied by both hearing and deaf people. She shares her perspective on politically-charged issues within the deaf community – being called an “audist” for wanting to communicate with both deaf and hearing viewers in her spoken/signed cooking videos, what it means to have Deaf heart and how deaf do you have to be to be a member of the community.
- Health and Humour: What’s laughter got to do with it?
Drawing from her training as a certified Laughter Yoga leader, Jean talks about the health benefits of laughter and positive mindset. Did you know that we experience a multiplier effect when we laugh in a group setting? It’s kinda like a joy cocktail party! A team that laughs together, works together! This talk combines an educational component with a hands-on laughter yoga experience!
Select Keynotes, Seminars & Workshops
- Keynote speaker, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children Canada
- Keynote speaker & workshop facilitator, Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society
- Keynote, Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
- Regular Guest, Rogers’ Daytime Television
- Workshop facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health Well-Being Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Speaker, Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference