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Combatting Implicit Bias - Make Your Leaders Aware of What They Do Not Acknowledge
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 06/13/2023 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Attendees will leave this session appreciating the dangers associated with implicit bias as well with practical strategies to move beyond awareness. 

We all know that it is unlawful-and bad business-to consider an applicant's or employee's gender, race, color, religion, etc. in making a hiring or promotion decision. But sometimes we do so implicitly-that is, without conscious awareness. This may raise legal issues and it most certainly raises business/HR issues. This session focuses on types of implicit bias that may infect hiring and promotional processes. Tests to uncover implicit bias also are explored, as well as the sometimes unconsidered risks of those tests. The training includes a discussion of options to help bring unconscious bias to conscious awareness without creating discoverable data that can be used against the organization. Because promotions are often tied to evaluations, particular attention will be paid to implicit bias in appraisals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand where implicit bias comes from and those sources which inform such biases.
  • Appreciate the different kinds of implicit biases which impact and infect our decision-making.
  • Move beyond awareness and develop strategies to combat implicit bias and to mitigate against such bias in business processes.
Michael S.  Cohen, J.D. Photo
Michael S. Cohen, J.D., Partner,
Duane Morris, LLP