Understand your biases to become a better leader
Join us for a complimentary showcase of Unconscious Bias
Friday, March 11, 2016, at Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Brentwood
8700 Eager Road, Brentwood, MO 63144
Your Advantage hosts: Joe Beilein and Jim LaVictoire
- 8:30 am - Continental breakfast
- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop and discussion
- 12:00 pm - lunch - stay or take with you
In his autobiography, Nelson Mandela tells of boarding a plane in Africa following his release from 28 years of imprisonment. The pilot of the plane was a black African. Mandela describes how he was frightened and nervous with a black African at the controls. The man who served decades in prison as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, who fought against racism and negative stereotypes his entire life, was experiencing the very thing he spoke out against. When he examined his fears, he realized he had internalized negative stereotypes of black incompetence.
Even if we don’t realize it, we all have internalized negative stereotypes of people of a different gender, ethnicity, age, etc. than our own, and even, as in Mandela’s case, about people just like ourselves. As studies of brain function show, these biases operate in our unconscious. Left alone, these negative stereotypes can bypass our normal, rational, and logical thinking and impact how we act. This can be especially harmful in the workplace.
To help organizations raise awareness and learn strategies to minimize negative impact, Advantage thought leader partner Root has developed a 2.5-hour interactive Unconscious Bias workshop, and we would like you to participate in this important forum. To reserve your spot, please submit the form at top right. We look forward to having you join us!