Bette Gardner is the CEO and Founder of Breakthrough Learning. She created the Friday Night at the ER simulation game, one of several innovative developments that has marked her 30-year career in leadership development, business planning and management consulting.
Gardner designed Friday Night at the ER based on her interest in creating innovative tools that employ principles of systems thinking to manage within complex systems. She initially developed the game following a consulting engagement that led to breakthrough performance at an urban hospital and trauma center. She now assists customers to successfully use the product with training and support services.
Gardner has also developed computer-based learning tools, including ‘management flight simulators’ for private clients and for the public. She collaborated with Peter Senge and Arthur Andersen to create The Fifth Discipline-Interactive, and with High Performance Systems (now isee systems) to create simulations for population health management and for healthy communities development.