Misfits Gaming Group (MGG), a global esports and entertainment leader, announced today that Carolyn Rubenstein, Ph.D., has been named the organization’s Chief Wellness Adviser, marking the first time a major esports company has established a C-Suite executive role focusing on the mental health and wellness of the entire organization.
Dr. Rubenstein will be building thoughtfully tailored MGG programs from the ground up for its competitive teams (League of Legends, Call of Duty League and Overwatch League), its content creators, and all MGG staff to boost productivity and strengthen the culture of the organization. Each program will be carefully customized based on the analysis and specifications needed to help teams and individuals focus on their mental health and well-being to ultimately achieve sustained success both physically and mentally. In this important role, she will analyze the MGG culture at a higher level and support the organization’s broader goals of developing a family atmosphere, which includes interviewing and strategically hiring candidates that will fit within the organizational culture.
“I am truly grateful to be joining forces with Misfits Gaming Group and to use my experience to strengthen the family culture within the organization,” said Dr. Rubenstein. “In my early assessment with Misfits, I was surprised by how receptive our pro players and staff were to prioritizing and exploring mental health to improve their overall performance. The mental well-being of any individual is vital to achieving a variety of success in one’s life, so it’s exciting to begin a new chapter in an industry that could use this level of dedication and expertise.”
Along with joining MGG, Dr. Rubenstein is a psychologist in private practice where she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. Additionally, she has presented on the topic of gaming and mental health and has also worked with both professional and non-professional gamers. Dr. Rubenstein received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Duke University and received an M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Miami. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
“It is an honor to officially welcome Dr. Rubenstein as part of the MGG family,” said Misfits Gaming CEO Ben Spoont. “It is integral to ensure our staff and players have the resources necessary to perform at a high level, and I know that she will have a long term impact on our organization.”
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Rubenstein will moderate the Women of Misfits speaker series on May 14 with Born This Way Foundation Executive Director Maya Enista Smith which can be viewed on MGG’s YouTube channel. MGG recently announced the launch of its Women of Misfits platform, which focuses on four core pillars: Mentorship, Development, Network and Advocacy. The platform includes a series of guest speakers that are moderated by MGG executives. The speaker series, which kicked off on May 4 with Comedian GloZell Green and Misfits Chief Development Officer Hillary Matchett, focuses on topics that matter to the guests designed to inspire both the gaming community and women to pursue their dreams.
Future speakers will include professional baseball coach Bianca Smith in June, 4x Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero in July and tennis legend Chris Evert in August.
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