Workshop Title: Beyond Diversity: Unconscious Bias in Talent Management
Workshop Description: Everyone knows that all human beings sometimes feel more comfortable with some people and not with others. Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make every day and these perceptions can potentially have a profound effect on personal and professional lives. This workshop provides an overview of the impact of “unconscious bias” on our personal beliefs, professional decisions, and workplace behavior. This workshop is specifically tailored for people managers, Human Resource professionals, and thoughtful leaders, and it will explore the impact of unconscious bias on hiring, promotion, performance management, and succession management, and delve deeper into the impact of these phenomena upon your employees, workplace, clients, and overall organizational success. Participants will learn how to examine existing processes, identify where bias may exist, and through scenarios practice more inclusive talent management decisions. This workshop will move people managers out of their old ways of thinking in order to successfully recruit, develop and retain the very best talent for your organization. People managers will walk away from this class with tools and resources to help create more inclusive teams with their diverse colleagues who are motivated and inspired by different values or communication styles.
Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora BillingsHarris. Whether through keynotes, workshops, or organizational consulting, Lenora partners with clients to help them build effective relationships that leverage diversity in order to increase inclusion, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and bottom-line results. Billings-Harris is a recognized authority. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Lenora recently keynoted at the Inclusion Conferences in Cape Town, South Africa and in Tel Aviv, Israel to share best practices with leaders within business, government, education and NGO communities. Billings-Harris co-authored TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, 3rd Ed. She is often an expert guest on TV and radio around the globe. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Lenora is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a past president of the National Speakers Association, and is the 2014 president of the Global Speakers Federation. Before launching her business in 1986, she held management positions at two Fortune 100 companies, and managed executive development seminars for the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.
"The facilitator. Mrs. Billings-Harris was very well versed in the topic of unconscious bias. She was engaging and knowledgeable. Because of her extensive career, I knew she had not only studied and researched the topic, but also had personal experience."
"I enjoyed learning and understanding how this happens not just in the work place but everywhere. All staff and PHYSICIANS should go through this course."
"THE PRESENTATION AND THE TRAINER WERE GREAT!"
"The course was well written and addressed everyday situations in a non-threatening manner. Discussion was encouraged."
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