HCMx Radio 154: The Importance of Human Skills for Coping with Crises

Guest: Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Mursion

Mark Atkinson is responsible for Mursion’s long-term strategic plan, capital requirements and key leadership positions. Mark has spent the last twenty years building technology ventures that support human capital development in K-12 education and corporate learning. Mark founded TeachForward, LLC a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to K-12 educators. Before working in education, Mark served as Senior Producer and Manager of New Markets for CBS News Productions and was an Emmy award-winning Producer for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News, where he produced a series of network specials on U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Yale College.


Powered by a blend of artificial intelligence and live human interaction, Mursion provides immersive VR training for essential skills in the workplace. By using trained professionals who orchestrate the interactions between learners and avatar-based characters, Mursion simulations achieve the realism needed to deliver measurable, high-impact results. Applicable to any situation requiring high stakes interpersonal skills, the approach has demonstrated impact in areas such as leadership development, sales enablement, customer service, and diversity and inclusion, across industries. Authentic interactions simultaneously engage the emotional and cognitive faculties for learning that truly transforms the learner.

Topics and questions include:

  • COVID-19’s impact on the workplace, diversity and society
  • Workplaces as a microcosm of our world.
  • This collective moment of once-in-a-lifetime societal change
  • The boundless opportunity for meaningful change.
  • The rise of automation and robotics and the rapidly transforming workforce
  • Connecting with intention, respect and openness
  •  The importance of safety, focus, connection, empathy, nonverbal communication and discovery/insight.
  • What is VR for EQ?
  • Mursion’s “human-in-the-loop” simulations
  • Personal observations and insights from Mark’s journey
  • And more!

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