Workshop Session | Wednesday, June 27 | 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Track: Learning Technologies

You’ve heard the buzz: Virtual reality (VR) for learning and development is coming! Are you intrigued, but really want to hear about an actual, successful VR learning program and how it was developed start to finish?

Join us for the informative session you need to make the leap from theory to practice. Farrah Brown, director of global learning and talent development at Hilton, and Justin Mitchell, creative director at SweetRush, will take you on a journey through the creation of Hilton’s Business Simulation via virtual reality! Along the way, you’ll learn what types of business and learning challenges are a good fit for VR solutions, how to be a pioneer and get buy-in from senior leaders, and our lessons learned related to technology, process and resources.

Our case study-based presentation will give you the best practices to help you bring your content to life with VR. No pre-requisites – just come with an open mind and your burning questions!

What will you learn?

  • Define what VR, AR and AI are, how they work, and what tools are needed to put them to use.
  • Identify where each technology is on the adoption scale.
  • Recognize and discuss potential uses for these emerging technologies in learning within your organization.


Justin Mitchell, Creative Director, SweetRush
Justin Mitchell is a creative director at SweetRush, heading up the development of their new Spark initiative. Justin has worked in product design, development and marketing for some of the most exciting startups in the world and loves being on the ground floor of new technology. His experience on both the technical and design front makes him an invaluable asset as a bridge between the design and engineering teams.
Farrah Brown, Director of Global Learning and Talent Development, Hilton
Farrah Brown is the director of global learning and talent development for Hilton. In this role, she oversees the strategic direction of global learning for Focused Service Brands. Ms. Brown is also responsible for leading the Owners College, education for all franchise owner partners.

With more than 15 years of experience in the learning and development field and 10 years in the hospitality industry, Ms. Brown has successfully led a variety of initiatives. Among her professional accomplishments, Ms. Brown led the learning strategy to support the launch of Hilton’s newest brand, Tru by Hilton as well as leading the learning strategy for owner education across the Hilton enterprise.