While companies continue to report their commitments to gender diversity; evidence shows little progress has been made. A thought provoking discussion at GlobalMinded shall not only explore solving pipeline and promotion issues in the corporate world but encourage everyone to look behind the scenes. Consider it a matter of championing, advocacy and effective use of privilege. As disruption impacts our workplace, workforce and society; true Gender Diversity will require challenging our perceptions, our social constructs and definitions of opportunity and success.
We propose an interactive, deep-dive, cross-disciplinary session to address and help mitigate the harmful effects of implicit bias, which continues to be a persistent and pressing social issue. The goals of our session include: a) promoting awareness of explicit and implicit (unconscious) bias, b) discussing how bias affects behavior and judgements, and c) providing strategies and experience through role-play to help recognize and mitigate the effects of bias. The role play is based on scenarios drawn from real life experiences, with an emphasis on bias toward individuals with disabilities. Participants will leave with resources to enhance what they have learned.