Unconscious Bias & Conscious Inclusion

a one-page primer on what this is all about


In order to deal with the overwhelming amount of information thrown at us every second, our brains developed mental shortcuts to help make sense of the world. Back in the day, this was useful: Water, yay! Lions, run! 

Nowadays, this evolutionary trait can unfortunately result in unconscious bias: We make quick judgements of others that can have disastrous ripple effects.

In this workshop geared towards inclusion at work, we’ll remove the stigma (bias is hard-wired into our brains, after all) so that we can open the conversation. At work, bias manifests as everything from micro-aggressions (e.g. a colleague telling an unintentionally offensive joke at the expense of a person or group) to a systematic lack of inclusion (e.g. not providing women and minorities with the same strategic, career-building feedback offered to white men, which keep those groups out of executive roles). In this experiential, discussion-driven workshop, participants deepen their ability to rewire biases and create strategies for increasing inclusion at work.

what you will learn

what unconscious bias is, how to recognize and begin to rewire it in themselves, and the types of experiences marginalized groups face in the workplace

how to support others or stand up for oneself in the face of bias

how to take actionable steps towards inclusion in the office

what you will practice

vulnerability and empathy, in order to enhance respect between colleagues

challenging personal biases, identifying the range of biases and using mindfulness to question and combat them internally

talking about bias with one another productively, whether experiencing them, witnessing them, or becoming aware that you’ve subjected a colleague to them

techniques for continuous, consistent allyship

brainstorming “nudge techniques”, or small changes in established processes that can make a big difference, that employees can take to push out bias and promote inclusion

fun fact

topical trivia you probably don’t know

Did you know...

...the human brain is tasked with processing 11 million bits of information per second, but can only handle 50?

That’s quite the gap.