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“Using film in training is an effective method to maximize information retention, accelerate learning, and inspire an audience. This session will focus on research that found that information retention is significantly increased with the use of film. You will view a series of fun film clips, will learn the key elements of the global study, gain an appreciation for which films may work better than others, and discover that using films to teach can be done at all levels of cost (even no cost). You will also walk away with an evidence-based tool for using film in talent development programs.”


Dr. Douglas Clayton is the SVP, HC Leadership Americas & Leadership Development at SES, the world’s leading provider of satellite services and is a documentary film maker.

Upon retirement from SES in the Spring of 2021, Doug will pursue his film making passion by running FilmDoc, LLC. In this role, he will provide coaching to firms who wish to maximize their films’ effectiveness, speak in public on film’s impact, and will continue producing inspiring documentaries. His approach to maximize film’s impact is centered on his “Total Recall” evidence-based model.

During his diverse 30-year HR career, much of it in global leadership roles, Doug was fortunate to work in every HR function. One of the highlights, however, was producing training videos in the form of parodies of mainstream movies such as James Bond, The Godfather, Star Trek and Mission Impossible. He discovered that employees loved the entertainment value of these films and, therefore, developed greater interest in what are typically dry topics such as job competencies (For Our Staff Only – 007), company values (SES’s Godfather of Values), execution (Star Trek – Getting Things Done), knowledge management (Mission Possible – Knowledge Networking), and cybersecurity (A Day in the Life at SES).

Doug loves making documentary films that tell poignant and inspiring stories. Dovere for Camden has won several awards, has been featured in multiple international film festivals, and can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/327729693 Another documentary, The Heart of Camden – The Story of Father Michael Doyle, narrated by Emmy award winning actor Martin Sheen, will be released in October 2020 – the trailer can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/439742490

A native of New Jersey, Doug earned his doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (PennCLO executive program) and is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School. His doctoral dissertation topic, Total Recall: Using Film to Enhance Learning, involved a global experiment that resulted in empirical evidence that using film in a company learning setting can enhance learning. Doug also earned an M.S. in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. Doug conducts ongoing research, has been published, and is a speaker on the topic of film and learning as well as Human Resources leadership. Doug blogs on the topic of film and learning / inspiration at www.thefilmdoc.com.

Douglas Clayton drdouglasclayton@gmail.com

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