Virtual Reality


Airdate: November 14, 2018

Paula Broadwell is interim executive director of Wheelhouse Media Foundation, a non-profit arm of Wheelhouse Media, which creates original and branded content across media platforms. She is also CEO of Think Broader Communications. She leads the firm’s branding, communications, business and executive leadership development practices, serving clients across the United States. Paula’s experience spans the consulting, media, defense, academic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her current work, she was a New York Times best-selling author and research associate at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership. She also served as Deputy Director of The Fletcher School’s Counter-Terrorism Center. Paula is a U.S. Army veteran with leadership experience in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. She is a graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She holds an M.A. in International Security from the University of Denver and M.P.A. in International Relations and National Security from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a Diploma in Global Business from Oxford University.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in virtual reality immersion, addressing unconscious bias, a career in military intelligence and service to greater causes.   


  • Paula shares her thoughts on Veterans Day and service to the nation.

  • She discusses her contribution of a virtual reality immersion video to ‘Vicarious,’ an art exhibit on the veteran experience at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.

  • She tells the story of Staff Sergeant Dale Beatty and using virtual reality technology to show the challenges of being a disabled veteran.

  • Paula describes the Think Broader Foundation and her work of addressing unconscious bias in the media.

  • She reflects on growing up the daughter of a teacher and cattle-rancher in Bismarck, North Dakota.

  • Paula talks about attending The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and what branch and post she pursued after graduation.

  • She reviews her career working in intelligence in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, supporting special operations command in Europe, being part of an inter-agency special counter-terrorism task force, and the morning of 9/11.

  • Paula reveals where she focuses her ambition now, the mantra that she follows, and what’s most important to her.

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.